DOJ > Medicaid/Healthcare Fraud Unit > What is Patient Abuse and Neglect?

Patient abuse or neglect is any action or failure to act which causes unreasonable suffering, misery or harm to the patient. It includes physically striking or sexually assaulting a patient. It also includes withholding of necessary food, physical care, and medical attention. The Unit investigates these incidents in any healthcare facility, including but not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.

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