What is Patient Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment?

Some indicators include:

  • Frequent unexplained injuries or complaints of pain without obvious injury.
  • Patient complaints of assault, neglect for personal needs, verbal or emotional abuse by caregivers.
  • Excessive delays in response to patient needs due to understaffing.
  • Burns or bruises suggesting the use of instruments, cigarettes, etc. Passive, withdrawn and emotionless behavior.
  • Lack of reaction to pain.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases or injury to the genital area.
  • Fear of being alone with caretakers.
  • Obvious malnutrition.
  • Lack of personal cleanliness and/or lack of clean linens and other supplies.
  • Habitually dressed in torn or dirty clothes.
  • Obvious fatigue and listlessness.
  • Begs for food or water.
  • In need of medical or dental care.
  • Left unattended for long periods.
  • Bedsores and skin lesions.

What is Medical Fraud?

To report Medicaid Fraud, Patient Abuse or Neglect, or Drug Diversion, please call:
(401) 222-2566 or (401) 274-4400 extension 2269