Elder Abuse Lawsuits in Sacramento
If you or your loved one has experienced elder abuse in a nursing home, you may be entitled to seek legal action. At the Law Firm of Sean R. Laird, we specialize in handling elder abuse lawsuits in Sacramento and are committed to fighting for justice on behalf of the elderly. Our experienced team of attorneys is dedicated to holding nursing homes accountable for their deficiencies and ensuring that the rights and well-being of seniors are protected. Did your loved one get abused at a nursing home you thought looked good online, including on CMS’s “Care Compare?”
CMS’s Inaccurate Reporting on Care Compare
A recent report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for Medicare and Medicaid/Medi-Cal, did not accurately report deficiencies in nursing homes on Care Compare. Care Compare is a website operated by CMS that provides information to consumers about nursing home quality ratings, recent inspections, staffing levels, and more, including health, fire safety, and emergency preparedness measures.
The OIG discovered that out of the 100 sampled nursing homes, CMS failed to report one or more deficiencies identified during yearly and complaint inspections for 67 of them. These deficiencies included problems related to health, fire safety, and emergency preparedness. Shockingly, in 42 of the sampled nursing homes, CMS did not report the results of all yearly fire safety and emergency preparedness inspections on Care Compare.
The Scope of the Issue and OIG Recommendations
Based on the sample results, it is estimated that approximately 10,303 nursing homes had one or more deficiencies that were not accurately reported on Care Compare. This includes 5,228 nursing homes with health deficiencies, 7,996 nursing homes with fire safety deficiencies, and 308 nursing homes with emergency preparedness deficiencies. Furthermore, CMS failed to report the results of all yearly fire safety and emergency preparedness inspections for around 6,458 nursing homes.
To address these concerns, the OIG has provided recommendations to CMS. They suggest correcting the inaccurately reported deficiencies for the sampled nursing homes and improving the processes for reviewing inspection results on Care Compare. This would involve requiring State survey agencies to verify reported deficiencies, providing additional training and technical assistance to these agencies, and ensuring accurate reporting of nursing home inspection results.
Trust Our Expert Elder Abuse Attorney
If you suspect that your loved one has been a victim of elder abuse in a nursing home, it is crucial to take legal action to protect their rights and seek justice. Our dedicated of elder abuse attorney at the Law Firm of Sean R. Laird has the knowledge and experience to handle complex elder abuse cases in Sacramento. We will fight tirelessly to ensure that nursing homes are held accountable for their actions and that you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.
Contact us today for a consultation with one of our skilled elder abuse attorneys. We are here to support you through this difficult time and advocate for the rights of elderly individuals in Sacramento.