San Francisco nursing home abuse attorneys say that quality of care at nursing homes is suffering, as homes are competing with one another to receive Medicare funds. This competition leads nursing homes to invest in amenities to attract patients needing short-term rehab after a hospitalization for an injury or illness.
San Francisco nursing home abuse attorneys say that many of these homes are not equipped to handle intensive medical care, and may not even have doctors on staff. Staffing of nurses and aides is often short as well.
The reason for the competition among nursing homes, say San Francisco nursing home abuse attorneys, is that Medicare (health insurance program for senior citizens) pays 84 percent more for short-term patients than does Medicaid (health insurance program for poor) for long-term patients. Some homes are exclusively taking Medicare patients, and sale prices of nursing homes are at record highs. San Francisco nursing home abuse attorneys say that nursing home residents with Medicaid coverage are often evicted as a result.
Nursing home abuse lawsuits have been filed against some homes for negligent care, while others have had to pay hefty federal fines to settle charges that they exaggerated patients’ needs to receive more Medicare funding.
San Francisco nursing home abuse attorneys advise doing thorough research before admitting a loved one to a nursing facility. If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, please contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.