There are many different forms of nursing home abuse taking place in Sacramento, California. One type of nursing home abuse that is not frequently thought of is the practice of prioritizing money over the health of residents, which some providers engage in. This practice can be particularly harmful because residents who are thought to bring in less money may be accepted at lower rates or receive subpar care when their needs are overlooked for the needs of those who can make the nursing home more money.
Medicare Money Tends to Win Out
In a growing trend, nursing home providers prefer residents who are covered under Medicare because this results in higher payments for the services they provide. Residents who have other forms of health insurance, such as MediCal or private insurance do not bring in the money that residents with Medicare do. For this reason, residents with Medicare tend to be made a priority at nursing homes in California.
What Happens to Residents Without Medicare?
Residents without Medicare tend to be at a disadvantage. The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform as a group are aware of these issues and are investigating nursing homes in California. Through their investigation, they have found that some residents are being pushed out from nursing homes when their Medicare runs out or if there is a potential resident with Medicare that could fill the bed. This practice is called patient dumping, which is illegal. Instances of patient dumping have been uncovered at hundreds of nursing homes throughout the state of California.
If you have a loved one that you believe has become a victim of patient dumping due to their loss of Medicare or because they had a different insurance plan, they may be entitled to compensation for nursing home abuse. Contact our nursing home abuse lawyers in Sacramento at The Peck Law Group today to get started on your potential case.
About the Author
Attorney Adam Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.