Media Materials: Abuse and Neglect of Medicare Beneficiaries: Graphic Text
CMS Could Use Medicare Data to Identify Instances of Abuse or Neglect
Of nearly 35,000 Medicare claims from 2015-2017 indicating potential abuse or neglect: 90% had medical records containing evidence of potential physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or other maltreatment.
Review of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities
Nearly 38,000 high-risk Medicare emergency room claims in 2016 involved skilled nursing facility residents and identified serious conditions like:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken legs
- Shoulder dislocations
- Medication errors
If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect, contact your local authorities immediately.