Kentucky Elder Abuse Attorneys Say Medicare Adjustment Should Not Impact Nursing Home Care

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Lee Coleman and J. Marshall Hughes of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers say reduced federal funding is no excuse for changes in levels of care.

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Bowling Green lawyer Lee Coleman

Regardless of federally mandated payment rates, which are in no way made improper by the recent announcement, nursing homes have a duty to see to the needs of all residents entrusted to their care.

Bowling Green personal injury attorney Lee Coleman today blasted nursing home industry warnings that an adjustment in Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities will adversely affect care given to nursing home residents.

“The industry’s reaction to a simple adjustment that brings payments into line with costs is completely unreasonable,” said Coleman of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, a Kentucky personal injury law firm that is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of nursing home abuse and neglect victims.

“Regardless of federally mandated payment rates, which are in no way made improper by the recent announcement, nursing homes have a duty to see to the needs of all residents entrusted to their care,” Coleman said. “Those who think otherwise do not belong in business.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has said that payments made to skilled nursing facilities in the 2012 fiscal year will be reduced by 11.1 percent to counteract an “an unintended spike in payment levels” made in the 2011 calculation of daily payment rates.

The 2011 payments were calculated incorrectly because of errors in the application of new classifications for patients based on their severity of illness and the services they require, the CMS said.

Bloomberg News quoted Mark Parkinson, chief executive officer of the American Health Care Association, the industry’s Washington lobby group, after the CMS announcement. While the lobbyists do not deny the overpayments, Parkinson contended that the cuts will be disruptive and asked that they be reduced or at least delayed.

“The industry’s complaint is misplaced,” said J. Marshall Hughes, a Bowling Green nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer and Hughes & Coleman co-founder. “We certainly won’t allow the excuse that a nursing home’s staff wasn’t able to take care of your loved one because Medicare has started paying the home correctly.”

Hughes & Coleman has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for personal injury and wrongful death victims throughout Kentucky and Tennessee, including elder abuse and neglect victims.

“If a nursing home resident for whom a person is responsible has died or been injured, abused, neglected or harmed in any manner that appears to be suspicious, then someone needs to help them protect their rights,” Hughes said. “An experienced advocate will stand by your side to answer questions, investigate the case and make sure those responsible are held accountable.”

About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with Kentucky offices in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Lexington and Louisville, is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of nursing home abuse and neglect victims, as well as the families who care deeply about their elderly loved ones.

Partners J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman are accomplished injury attorneys and advocates for people who have suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as auto accidents, brain injury, drug injury, defective products, environmental dangers, fire and burn injury, insurance disputes, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, Social Security disability, stock fraud, truck accident injury, workers’ compensation and wrongful death.

For more information contact Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers at (800) 489-6000 or use the firm's online contact form.

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