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Abuse and Neglect of Medicare Beneficiaries: Graphic Text

CMS Could Use Medicare Data to Identify Instances of Abuse or Neglect

Of nearly 35,000 Medicare claims from 2015-2017 indicating potential abuse or neglect: 90% had medical records containing evidence of potential physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or other maltreatment.

Review of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities

Nearly 38,000 high-risk Medicare emergency room claims in 2016 involved skilled nursing facility residents and identified serious conditions like:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken legs
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Medication errors

If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect, contact your local authorities immediately.