Why Employees Are Falsifying Medical Records In California Nursing Homes

Elder Abuse, Nursing Home Blog

Medical RecordsAbuse and neglect of patients in California nursing homes is a phenomenon that is disturbingly commonplace – but not always easy to detect. Part of the reason why nursing home abuse can be difficult to prove is due to the fact that many employees in California nursing homes are falsifying medical records in order to cover up mistakes and avoid consequences ranging from professional ruin to criminal charges.

Whether employees are altering records in order to omit facts, more fully explain their actions, or to make it look as though they took some action they did not, the act of falsifying medical records has serious consequences once the deception comes to light.

First, the medical professional or facility that tampers with records runs the risk of losing insurance coverage for liability. If the falsification is admitted to, the policy could be voided completely. Second, an investigation against the individual or facility is likely to be launched by state regulatory or professional licensing boards. The perpetrator of the falsification may lose their ability to practice medicine. Third, those who falsify medical records will have to grapple with guilt and shame in both the professional and the personal sphere. And finally, there may be criminal charges to contend with, as many states – including California – view the falsification of medical records as a crime, with penalties that can include fines or even jail time.

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