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Nursing Home Loses Medicare and Medicaid Funding

After a nursing center was cited for numerous serious deficiencies from the state Health Department, the home lost their Medicare and Medicaid funding. The nursing home has been targeted by the nonprofit, patient advocacy group, A Perfect Cause. The agency offered a $2,500 reward for information about the alleged assault of a former resident. This reward in turn helped to generate tips to help the investigation. Inspectors then found that an aid forced a patient into a shower with his clothing on. Additionally they looked into multiple claims of nursing home residents assaulting one another, which has become a common problem in Chicago nursing homes. Staffing issues such as lack of training were investigated as well. Finally, inspectors believed that a social worker put patients at risk for contracting AIDS when she failed to provide condoms to a sexually active nursing home resident who is HIV positive. When a nursing home has committed elderly negligence and abuse, the state does have the opportunity to cut their Medicare and Medicaid funding. To read more about the elderly neglect allegations, click the link.