Elder abuse is frighteningly common — at home and in nursing facilities

One in five high-risk emergency room Medicare claims were likely the result of abuse or neglect, a new government report found — and the skilled nursing facilities where they originated did not report those issues.

The Office of the Inspector General looked at more than 37,000 high-risk hospital emergency room claims for almost 35,000 Medicare beneficiaries living in skilled nursing facilities in 2016, and reviewed documentation made to state agencies as well, according to an OIG report released Wednesday.

In a separate report the OIG also released Wednesday, it found nearly 31,000 Medicare claims supported by medical records that contain evidence of abuse or neglect.

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