Virginia residents may be concerned about a recent report claiming one-in-three patients has been negatively treated at nursing home facilities. The government report assessed patient records to determine its results and was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March. 3. The study revealed a connection between patient harm and medical negligence and inadequate treatment by skilled nurses at nursing home facilities.
The study worked with a random selection of 653 patients on Medicare from 600 different facilities to assess the results. The report determined that 22 percent of patients who were treated in a nursing home and had their medical reports examined experienced lasting harm from their care. The study concluded that this mistreatment was caused by delays or the failure to provide needed care, inadequate monitoring and substandard treatment at their facility.