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CNN Finds That More Than 1,000 Nursing Homes Mishandled Sexual Abuse of Residents

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 24, 2017 in Nursing Home Abuse

abused nursing home residentFrom 2013 to 2016, the federal government cited more than 1,000 nursing homes for mishandling sexual assault allegations or failing to take appropriate steps to prevent sexual assault, according to a comprehensive analysis by CNN.

Almost 100 of these nursing homes were cited for these issues multiple times during this period, while more than 500 were cited for not investigating or reporting allegations of sexual abuse to authorities.

Unfortunately, these statistics do not include complaints or allegations of sexual assault that did not result in a federal government citation. This means that these numbers probably represent a small number of the total sexual abuse incidents that occurred at nursing homes around the nation.

CNN also found in at least 25 percent of cases, sexual abuse was allegedly perpetrated by nurses, aides or other staff members at the facility. Only a small percentage of cases involved unknown assailants, family members or other visitors to the facility.

Most of the citations involved situations where residents abused other residents. The most serious situations tended to involve allegations of forced sexual intercourse, oral sex or digital penetration.

Despite the high number of allegations and substantiated sexual assault claims, few facilities have lost federal funding from Medicaid or Medicare.

Data from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that 226 nursing homes received citations between 2010 and 2015, but only 16 facilities lost all Medicare and Medicaid funding. Approximately 60 percent of the 226 cases resulted in fines totaling $9 million. 

CNN compiled statistics by reviewing inspection data from the federal Nursing Home Compare website maintained by the CMS, which regulates nursing homes receiving federal funding.

Sexual assault and other forms of nursing home abuse are a major concern, as the number of elderly Americans over the age of 65 is expected to double between 2010 and 2050.

If your elderly loved one has been a victim of sexual assault or nursing home negligence, contact our nursing home negligence lawyers today for a free legal consultation. We may be able to obtain compensation for the damages your loved one has suffered.

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