Not all nursing homes are the same. There are many facilities with hardworking caretakers who are dedicated to giving the best care they can to their elderly residents. But unfortunately, there are nursing homes in this country that use the system for their own benefit at the expense of the sick and elderly in their care. As nursing home abuse attorneys, we have noticed more for-profit facilities taking these shortcuts for a financial gain.
Downside to For-Profit Facilities
These facilities will overbill Medicare for expensive care they should be providing and then cut corners to pocket the profits. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 30% of claims to Medicare from for-profit homes were found to be false, verses the 12% of false claims from not for profit homes. As both the amount of nursing home abuse cases and the number of for-profit homes grow, it is hard not to see a connection.
There is only so much federal funding available for the Medicare program. Obviously then, this limited budget is prematurely depleted when nursing homes abuse their position and cheat the system. By charging for treatment that isn’t or doesn’t need to be provided, guilty facilities are stealing from the innocent sick and elderly who may not get the care they need because of limited resources. Also, profits made by private homes go to the home’s investors rather than back to the resident care, like in nonprofit homes. When the facility’s main priority is making money rather than the well being of the elderly patients, abuse is more likely to occur.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or your loved one have suffered nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy in a for-profit facility it’s time to contact nursing home abuse attorneys. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.