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Medicare patients not receiving the best nursing home care

Many people in New York City rely on Medicare to provide for them when it comes to their healthcare needs, but this doesn't mean that the care they receive is going to be superior. As you may know, many nursing homes are privately owned, which means that they are in business to make a profit and for some, this comes at the expense of the people they are supposed to help. As a result, nursing home neglect and abuse seems to still be occurring on a regular basis, despite federal guidelines put into place.

In a new report based on Medicare expenses and examinations of nursing homes across the country in 2009, data showed that there is still a need for improvement in how patients are cared for. The goal behind Medicare is said to provide the best of care for a patient's physical, mental, and emotional needs but the numbers released indicated that one out of five patients were experiencing the opposite.

The examples included homes ordering unneeded therapy and treatments in order to get more money from Medicare, a patient whose medication therapy was not monitored, and homes that failed to put together a written plan of treatment and care for their patients. In all, Medicare paid out $5.1 billion to places that were sources of nursing home neglect.

Whether patients rely on private insurance or government-sponsored care, it is the duty of homes to care properly for them. Sadly many older people are victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. If New Yorkers suspect that their loved one has been a victim of malnutrition, overmedication, or other forms of less than perfect care, they may want to consider talking to an attorney.

Source: News 9, "Medicare paid $5.1B for poor nursing home care," Garance Burke, Feb. 27, 2013

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