The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is looking to change existing Medicaid policy in order to combat the problem of elder abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, one in 10 of individuals who are aged 65 and older and living at home are the victims of abuse. By changing Medicaid policy to allow for additional funds to be diverted to investigating more abuse and neglect cases, the NAAG hopes to decreases these incidents of abuse.
Most state’s attorney general offices contain a unit that is specifically designed to investigate and prosecute state Medicaid provider fraud. These units are generally referred to as Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs). Aside from fraud investigations, unit staff members also investigate abuse and neglect complaints from residents at Medicaid-funded health care facilities, and also may investigate complaints at other care facilities.
The problem with current Medicaid policy is that there are extremely strict limitations on the use of MFCU funds to investigate and prosecute abuse. As a result, 37 state attorneys general and the attorney general of the District of Columbia are asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make two changes in federal Medicaid policy:
These changes in policy would permit staff members of MFCUs to investigate abuse allegations no matter where the alleged victim in residing, even if it is in a private home, and no matter what type of abuse is involved.
There are many different types of abuse or neglect that can occur to residents in nursing home or residential care facilities. The Wisconsin elder abuse lawyers of Boller & Vaughan have handled countless claims on behalf of nursing home residents who have suffered serious injuries and even death due to the negligent behavior of nursing home staff and facilities, regardless of the type of abuse or neglect involved. When a serious injury or death of a loved one occurs, we know just how devastating it can be, and how powerless you are likely to feel as a result. Allow your family to begin the healing process from this traumatic event by holding the wrongdoers responsible for your loved one’s injuries. Contact our office today and set up a free consultation with one of our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.