July 25, 2019

GAO Releases Report on Nursing Home Resident Abuse

On June 23, 2019, the GAO released a report calling for improved oversight to better prevent abuse of nursing home residents. The report states that from 2013 to 2017, abuse citations had more than doubled and concludes that CMS needs to better protect nursing home residents from abuse by enhancing its oversight of the industry. Recommendations include the reporting of more accurate and robust data by the state survey agencies to CMS, as well as enhancements to the abuse reporting process to ensure that referrals are made to law enforcement agencies more quickly.