Monday, August 28, 2017

Federal Investigations into Elder Abuse


The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a memo with preliminary results from an ongoing review of potential abuse or neglect of Medicare beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). OIG determined that CMS has inadequate procedures to ensure that incidents of potential abuse or neglect of Medicare beneficiaries residing in SNFs are identified and reported. The memo contains suggestions for immediate actions that CMS can take to ensure better protection of vulnerable beneficiaries. There will be a forthcoming final report.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has announced a new initiative to identify and combat elder abuse. This is separate from the Department of Justice's Elder Justice Task Force, but has similar goals. The focus will likely vary by state depending on each Attorney General’s priorities. 

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