The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released a report based on data compiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which recommends better nursing home oversight.
CMS contracted state surveying agencies to look for nursing home abuse citations, cross-referencing the number of investigative complaints and incidents by state. Overall, they found that abuse citations doubled between 2013 and 2017. In reviewing 2016-2017 sample narratives substantiating citations, they found that physical and mental/verbal abuse were the most common types of misconduct residents suffered, accounting for 46% and 44% of all complaints, respectively. 18% of the abuse reported was sexual in nature. They also found that 58% of incidents were committed by nursing home staff, 30% were committed by residents, and 2% were committed by “Other.”
Based on these findings, the GAO has recommended that CMS should work with state survey agencies to create a nationwide database to track abuse incidents and perpetrator data. They have also suggested that CMS develop and implement stricter guidelines for reporting facility-related incidents, and that law enforcement agencies be notified when abuse accusations occur.
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