Increased Complaints of Patient Dumping against Some Nursing Homes
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on May 16, 2016 in Nursing Home Information
Patient dumping is a growing problem in some nursing homes across the U.S., leaving patients without care when in need.
Patients who require extensive care or who are challenging to care for are sometimes targeted by nursing homes for eviction and discharge, or “dumped.” Creating an open bed allows the facility to take on patients who need less intensive care, which generates more money for the facility.
According to an Associated Press report, there were 11,331 complaints of patient dumping to U.S. ombudsman programs in 2014. Complaints regarding patient eviction and discharge have climbed 57 percent since 2000.
The types of nursing home residents who are most often targeted by this questionable process include those suffering from dementia and may also be aggressive as a result of their condition, those who require intensive care, those who are not wealthy, and those with family who have lodged complaints about their loved one’s treatment.
Many times, dumped patients do not put up a fight, and their families do not know where to turn for assistance. Patient dumping not only leaves those in need without care, but it also uproots the patient from their familiar surroundings and people.
Are Offending Facilities Breaking the Law?
There are federal laws detailing the guidelines and reasons for legal transfer from a nursing home facility, though advocates state nursing homes that are routine offenders of patient dumping often stretch the truth regarding the legally acceptable reasons for patient discharge. When families appeal their loved one’s eviction or discharge, some nursing homes have been known to ignore the appeal’s ruling.
Nursing home representatives claim they are acting within the law to remove patients for their own safety as well as the safety of others.
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