According to the Associated Press, government investigators with the Office of the Inspector General recently found that billions of taxpayer dollars to Medicare have ended up in the hands of sub-standard nursing home facilities. Although it is legally required for a nursing home to submit to the government detailed treatment plans for every patient, many were found to be either falsifying such documents, consciously creating insufficient plans, or acting in a way contradictory to their treatment plans. Medicare then reimbursed those nursing homes for their treatments, even though the actual care received was poor in quality. It has been reported that in one out of every five nursing home stays, the patient’s health had not been properly addressed in their treatment plan. This finding is shocking for a patient who might believe that government oversight would only allow Medicare to reimburse reputable and quality nursing home practices.
This discovery has raised considerable questions about Medicare’s oversight practices that have allowed payment to go to nursing homes that could potentially be harming their patients. Though Medicare has promised to ramp up supervision and incentive measures for nursing homes to utilize good treatment practices, the effects of such measures could take months or years to appear. Borchardt Law Firm is committed to working for the rights of nursing home abuse victims. One cannot rely on a false security that a “top-notch” nursing home provides quality care, or that the government is doing enough to ensure that nursing homes comply with federal standards.
Nursing home abuse is still a major problem in the state of Texas; there is lax oversight and enforcement of state and federal standards, and nursing homes often avoid facing major consequences for their actions (or inaction). Our firm has long been a supporter of those who have encountered nursing home abuse or neglect. In fact, Borchardt Law Firm has recently seen major success in the representation of a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect. Although the state cap for damages on such cases is $250,000, our firm was able to obtain $550,000 on our client’s behalf. This wonderful success demonstrates our dedication to seeking justice for victims of nursing home abuse. No one wants to entrust a loved one into someone else’s care, only to find that they have been systematically abused or neglected. Borchardt Law Firm is the firm to right these wrongs for victims and their families.
At Borchardt Law Firm, we wish for no family to experience incapacitating tragedies due to nursing home abuse and neglect. Our firm has the experience and the drive necessary to continue to strive for the improved protection of future generations of Texans. If you or a loved one has ever suffered from a related misfortune don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer to discuss any legal compensation you might be entitled to. Borchardt Law Firm represent clients over many areas in Texas; feel free to give us a call.
Toll Free: 866.832.9300
1300 South University Drive, Suite 500
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
For easy access to blog updates, follow us on Twitter: @AttorneysMB