Long-Term Care

More oversight needed for SNFs to correctly report abuse allegations

MDS 3.0 Insider, August 21, 2014

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Only about half of nursing facilities correctly reported abuse or neglect allegations in 2012, indicating that the government needs to provide more guidance and oversight, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Federal law requires that Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities report abuse and neglect allegations and subsequent investigation findings to designated authorities within given timeframes. In 2012, 53% of allegations and investigation results were correctly reported, the OIG determined. More than two-thirds of facilities had policies around federal reporting requirements.
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