Medicare Pays $5.1 Billion to Eliminate Inadequate Nursing Home Care

By Peter DePaolis

In February, Medicare paid billions in taxpayer dollars to nursing homes nationwide that were not meeting basic requirements to look after their elderly residents.

The report stated that Medicare paid $5.1 billion to revamp nursing facilities that failed to meet the federal quality of care rules, in some cases resulting in dangerous and neglectful conditions.

One out of three elderly patients winds up in nursing homes every year, landing in facilities that fail to follow basic care standards laid out by the federal agency that administers Medicare.

The elderly who need daily help from a nurse typically are sent to skilled nursing facilities, which can get reimbursed by the government for the care they provide. By law, nursing homes are required to write up care plans tailored to each resident, so the medical staff is informed on how to help residents reach the highest level of well-being.

The report concluded that the government could be spending taxpayer money on facilities that endanger people’s health.

Has Your Loved One Been Neglected or Abused at a Nursing Home?

Nursing homes should be nurturing places for elderly persons to enjoy the last years of their lives. Unfortunately, nursing home residents can be physically and emotionally abused and can find themselves receiving substandard care.

If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us today at (202) 659-5500, or visit our website to fill out our online form.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.