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  • ProJo: Suffering in the Shadows: Elder abuse in Rhode Island

    Rhode Island has one of the nation’s highest elderly populations, and a special unit in the state Attorney General’s office dedicated to prosecuting elder abuse. But over 17 years, fewer than half of those charged were convicted of this felony, and only 13 percent served any prison time. The reasons are many, the solutions a challenge -- but there are jurisdictions that do this better.
  • Elder Abuse Unreported

    This KXAN investigation uncovered allegations of sexual assault at Longhorn Village, a retirement community and assisted living center created by the University of Texas Alumni group, Texas Exes. They found that despite having evidence abuse and neglect occurred, the state agency that regulates and investigates assisted living facilities found no wrong doing. Their analysis of abuse investigations data showed the vast majority of abuse and neglect cases in assisted living facilities were “unsubstantiated” by state investigators.
  • In the Background: a KCRA-3 Investigation

    KCRA-3 found that the state of California was clearing people with arrests for child molestation, sex abuse of a minor, elder abuse, arson, even murder to work in daycares, elder care facilities, nursing homes and foster homes. The state would clear people to work who had multiple arrests and then investigate later. Yet those investigations took months, sometimes years to complete. As a result of our investigation the department changed their policy and a new state law was signed that would prevent the department from changing their policy back. No longer are people with arrests for violent crimes simply cleared to work and then checked later.
  • The Medicare Advantage Money Grab

    This is the first comprehensive effort by a media organization to analyze how government pays for Medicare Advantage, which costs taxpayers some $150 billion a year as it grows explosively. We found that rather than slow health-care spending, as intended, Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly have sharply driven up treatment costs in some parts of the United States—larding on tens of billions of dollars in overcharges and other suspect billings over the past five years alone. The findings are based on an analysis of Medicare Advantage enrollment and billing data as well as thousands of pages of government audits, research papers and other documents, and scores of interviews with industry executives. Our review revealed how an obscure billing formula called a “risk score,” that is supposed to pay Medicare Advantage plans more for sicker patients and less for healthy ones, has been widely abused to inflate Medicare costs.
  • WTAE Investigates Elder Abuse

    Our series of reports examined the under-reported problem of elder abuse and helped prompt a new policy to track cases. With the help of a viewer who shared his video evidence, we first aired a cell phone clip that showed elder abuse inside a local diner and sparked a county Department of Human Services investigation. Our stories revealed the legal complexity in handling elder abuse cases and the importance of a uniform state-wide system. Our stories stressed the need for state and local agencies to close the loophole among police, the Department of Human Services and the courts.
  • In Harm's Way

    This article investigates the increasing number of victims of elder abuse in Wisconsin. The article reports that much of the abuse is from family members. Gunn also writes that there are many myths behind the reasons for elder abuse.
  • Forgotten Victims

    WKMG-TV reports that "there were more than a million cases of verified abuse (of the elderly) in the United States last year. Of those cases, less than 2% were ever prosecuted. Why? Several reasons. First, 9 out of every 10 abusers are relatives of the victim... Second, in many cases the abused senior dies, leaving only circumstantial cases that prosecutors say are virtually impossible to win. Finally there is a lack of resources dedicated to the problem. National, for every dollar spent to investigate and prosecute a case of elder abuse, $14 is spent on a case of child abuse...."