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According to the Associated Press, more than 1 in 4 cases of nursing home abuse are not being reported. A recent government audit of nursing home abuse, conducted by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office found that Medicare is failing to enforce mandatory reporting procedures, which is directly leading to underreporting of nursing home abuse.
There are over 1.4 million Americans living in nursing homes, so immediate reporting and of nursing home abuse cases is a crucial step in hopefully preventing such abuse in the future. The majority of the nursing home abuse cases that occur are sexual abuse cases. Nursing home personnel are required to immediately report suspected abuse, but many fail to do so. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, please contact The O’Keefe Firm.