As Hospitals Make Millions, Indiana Nursing Home Residents Suffer
Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have a responsibility to provide reasonable care for their residents – especially because they serve some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Unfortunately, many Indiana nursing homes have failed to meet this obligation, and as a recent Indianapolis Star investigation makes clear, county hospitals may have profited at the expense of nursing home residents across the state.
According to reports, Indiana received $679 million in Medicaid funding for nursing home residents over the last year, more than any other state nationwide. Despite this abundance, Indiana nursing homes still rank 48th in staffing levels, a key indicator of nursing home quality. The AARP also regularly ranks Indiana as one of the worst states for the elderly and as one of the 5 worst states for long-term care.
How Have Nursing Homes Declined in Indiana?
During their investigation, reporters at the Indianapolis Star discovered that at least $1 billion in total Medicaid funding had been diverted to Indiana hospitals, at the direction of Marion County chief executive Matthew Gutwein. By buying up nursing homes and exploiting federal and state regulations, Gutwein and the county hospitals managed to redirect high levels of funding over the last several years, under the guise of helping the entire healthcare system.
This strategy has had serious consequences for Indiana nursing homes, which have continued to see high rates of injuries, abuse, and neglect. Recently, the families of several deceased nursing home residents decided to file wrongful death lawsuits, alleging that their loved ones suffered in inhumane conditions before passing away. These family members attribute the neglect to a lack of adequate staffing at the facilities.
Many of these cases involved the following types of negligence:
- Lack of urgency in responding to a serious medical condition or injury
- Failure to keep the facilities and residents clean
- Concealing problems from family members and loved ones
- Failing to provide proper supervision for disabled and injured seniors
- Lack of necessary equipment, such as ventilators and walking aids
- Bedsores and other medical “never events”
Filing a Nursing Home Claim
If you believe that your loved one endured serious injuries as a result of poor staffing at an Indiana nursing home, you may be entitled to bring a lawsuit against the facility and other responsible parties. Because many nursing home claims must be reviewed by a state medical review panel, it’s important to discuss your case with a lawyer before moving forward. At Wagner Reese, our caring attorneys believe in holding negligent nursing homes accountable for hurting vulnerable residents – and we are ready to provide the skilled and experienced counsel that you deserve.
Call (888) 204-8440 to contact our nursing home team about a free consultation.