FBI, This Week: Nursing Home Fraud
July 18, 2019
The FBI is boosting the identification and investigation of nursing homes that exploit residents financially and fail to meet their basic needs.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI is boosting the identification and investigation of nursing homes that exploit residents financially and fail to meet their basic needs.
In some cases, owners of these types of facilities cut corners with food and nutrition, staff, and medication in order to increase their profit margin.
Health Care Fraud Unit Chief Steven Blaum...
Steven Blaum: Residents live in substandard conditions. They receive little to no care whatsoever. And they’re really just deposited in a place where their Social Security and their Medicare and what little money they have to live on can be siphoned off to the folks who operate these places.
Halpern: Blaum goes on to say that these older Americans are even more at risk when they are sick, disabled, and have no family to advocate on their behalf.
Blaum: When you investigate health care fraud, you realize that the people who are victims are mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandparents, just like you have. And to see these types of facilities and how bad they are, you would never want a family member in a place like this. And so, I think it motivates us to bring to bear the skills we have as investigators and to try and work these cases as well as we can.
Halpern: Report elder fraud and abuse to your local FBI field office. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.