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Potential Abuse and Neglect of Children Receiving Medicaid Benefits

Medicaid beneficiaries, including children, are treated at inpatient and outpatient medical facilities for conditions that may be the result of abuse or neglect. Although all States have laws mandating reporting of suspected child abuse, these laws vary considerably in their definitions, scope, and procedures. Prior OIG reviews have highlighted problems with the quality of care and the reporting and investigation of potential abuse or neglect of vulnerable beneficiary populations at group homes, nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities. On the basis of diagnoses from medical facilities treating conditions potentially related to abuse or neglect, we will determine the prevalence of Medicaid claims indicating potential abuse or neglect of children receiving Medicaid benefits.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
August 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Potential Abuse and Neglect of Children Receiving Medicaid Benefits Office of Audit Services W-00-18-31533 2019