In April 2017, AARP highlighted the misuse of psychotropic drugs, including antipsychotics, in nursing homes. Their report revealed that these extremely strong drugs are still used as restraints, given without the patient’s or guardian’s consent, and have led to a high number of fatalities.
As many seniors are aware, the Better Care Reconciliation Act has been proposed by Senate Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is predicted to cut Medicaid spending by about $772 billion through 2026 – or about 25 percent over the next decade. Supporters, primarily targeting programs and care for pregnant women and children, claim that the changes won’t affect nursing home subsidies.
Certain health facilities, including nursing homes, are governed by state Certificate of Need (CON) laws. Although, these laws were formerly administered at the federal level, the government eventually dropped them. However, 36 states – including Connecticut – continue to use CON laws.
One of the least talked about forms of elder abuse, financial scams target about 500,000 individuals annually and cost about $3 billion per year. These figures from the Nursing Home Abuse Guide make such crimes one of the largest, most pervasive forms of fraud in the U.S.
Considered a form of elder abuse for the extreme distress it causes, “dumping” occurs when a long-term care facility suddenly leaves a patient at an emergency room or evicts the individual without any warning. After, the facility tells the patient or his or her family they won’t re-admit, as it no longer has available beds. As federal and state regulations outline the proper discharge process for nursing homes, including a 30-day warning and extensive documentation, “dumping” violates several laws.