An NPR article published on March 5th reports that up to one-third of all nursing home residents receiving Medicare coverage face preventable harm as a result of their treatment.
This comes from a national report issued in February by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the report, almost 60% of the harm done to patients is completely preventable. The report claims that the mistreatment is mainly a result of substandard treatment options, inadequate resident monitoring, and failure or delay of necessary care.
Compounding the problem, over half of the residents who face harm end up in the hospital. The estimated cost of this widespread issue is estimated to $2.8 billion per year.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that federal and state regulators do more to pressure nursing homes into reducing resident harm through education.
One of the most pressing and wide-spread instances of substandard care is when nursing home patients are overmedicated, often with prescription narcotics. The Kosieradzki-Smith Law Firm has repeatedly reported this troubling trend in the past. Click here to access our prior report. This recent NPR report should only make clearer the risks of overmedication.
The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.