Eighty-five percent of nursing facilities reported at least one allegation of abuse or neglect to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in 2012, according to a new report from the OIG.
Allegations of abuse or neglect include abuse, injuries of unknown source, misappropriation of resident property, neglect or mistreatment. A total of 149,313 allegations of abuse or neglect were reported by facilities to OIG in 2012.
Abuse was the most common type of allegation, accounting for half of the allegations in 2012.
Nursing facilities are required to report any and all allegations of abuse or neglect to ensure resident safety. But, the OIG report found just 53% of allegations of abuse or neglect were reported as federally required, and only 76% of nursing facilities maintained policies that address federal regulations for reporting both allegations of abuse or neglect and subsequent investigation results.
As a result of the agency’s findings, the OIG made a number of recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase compliance.
Those recommendations include, “maintain policies related to reporting allegations of abuse or neglect; notify covered individuals of their obligation to report reasonable suspicions of crimes; and report allegations of abuse or neglect and investigation results in a timely manner and to the appropriate individuals, as required.”
The OIG reviewed a sample of nursing facilities’ policies related to reporting allegations of abuse or neglect, among other factors. The report also analyzes a sample of abuse and neglect allegations and investigation records.
Read the full report here.
Written by Cassandra Dowell