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This paper examines the abuse and neglect in nursing homes and makes the argument that it is largely brought about through public services, like Medicaid. Providing statistics and a brief outline of how the system works, the writer looks at the causes of the abuse and neglect, the deteriorating quality of care, and some possibilities to help solve this serious issue.
From the Paper:"The third source we found useful for our report is a report prepared for Rep. Henry A. Waxman by the Minority Staff, Special Investigation Division. This report will be mentioned as Waxman report in this paper. The Waxman report (2001) depends on findings of state investigations conducted under the orders of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These state investigations found that apart from physical and emotional abuse, residents had also been subjected to sexual abuse in many nursing homes nationwide. It was also reported that in most cases, abuse problems were discovered only after a formal complaint had been filed. The increase in cases of abuse is due to multiple reasons and Waxman report finds that one reason is the lack of proper reimbursement by Medicaid which has resulted in serious financial problems for nursing homes. 'One factor that could account for such an increase is the 1997 repeal by Congress of a provision of nursing home law known as the 'Boren Amendment.' This provision guaranteed that nursing homes would receive 'reasonable and adequate' Medicaid reimbursements to provide quality care. Since the repeal of the Boren Amendment, there is evidence suggesting that Medicaid reimbursement rates have not kept pace with the rising costs of providing nursing home care... Nursing homes have argued that lower Medicaid reimbursement rates have made it more difficult for them to recruit and retain quality staff.'"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Catherine Hawes, (2002) Elder Abuse In Residential Long-Term Care Facilities: What Is Known About Prevalence, Causes, And Prevention. Available Online: http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/061802chtest.pdf
- Valerie L. Corzine. Advocating for Quality Nursing Home Care and Sufficient Staffing in Colorado. The Colorado Lawyer 31 (October 2005) Available Online: http://www.9news.com/advertorial/seniorsource/docs/05OctAdvocatingQuality.pdf
- Abuse of Residents Is a Major Problem in U.S. Nursing Homes. Prepared for Rep. Henry A. Waxman by Minority Staff Special Investigations, U.S. House of Representatives July 30, 2001: Available Online: http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache%3AgMqL-bd94GoJ%3Aoversight.house.gov%2Fdocuments%2F20040830113750-34049.pdf+Abuse+of+Residents+Is+a+Major+Problem+in+U.S.+Nursing+Homes.+Prepared+for+Rep&hl=en&gl=us
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