Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday announced that his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has recently seen a spike in complaints regarding alleged abuse and neglect at Ohio nursing homes.
So far this year, the Attorney General’s Office has opened 131 abuse and neglect cases, as compared to 74 cases in the same time period last year. Sixty-three of those cases were opened following DeWine’s announcement earlier this month that authorities with his office were aggressively investigating nursing homes that are allegedly providing inadequate care, according to a news release.
“I believe that the majority of Ohio’s nursing facilities are providing excellent care, but not all of them,” DeWine said in a prepared statement. “We are going after the facilities that cause harm to their residents, and we will use in-room hidden cameras if necessary.”
On June 6, DeWine joined officials from the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Aging to announce plans to revoke the license of Autumn Healthcare in Zanesville. The decision to close the facility was made, in part, after an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed instances where some staff members did not provide proper medical, nutritional, and personal care to at least one patient. Revocation proceedings are ongoing.
Anyone who suspects Medicaid fraud or patient abuse or neglect can call DeWine’s Office at 1-800-282-0515.