Nursing Homes: Better Oversight Needed to Protect Residents from Abuse, Statement for the Record by John E. Dicken, Director, Health Care, Statement for the Record to the Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives [open pdf - 346KB]
From the Highlights: "Nationwide, about 1.4 million elderly or disabled individuals receive care in more than 15,500 nursing homes. CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services], an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), defines standards nursing homes must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Nursing home residents often have physical or cognitive limitations that can leave them particularly vulnerable to abuse. Abuse of nursing home residents can occur in many forms--including physical, mental, verbal, and sexual-- and can be committed by staff, residents, or others in the nursing home. Any incident of abuse is a serious occurrence and can result in potentially devastating consequences for residents, including lasting mental anguish, serious injury, or death. This statement summarizes GAO's [Government Accountability Office] June 2019 report, GAO-19-433. Specifically, it describes: (1) the trends and types of abuse in recent years, and (2) CMS's oversight intended to ensure residents are free from abuse. It also includes a brief summary of findings and recommendations from this June 2019 report and prior GAO reports that examined the health and welfare of the elderly in multiple settings, and the status, as of November 2019, of HHS's efforts to implement the recommendations GAO made."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/