Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse
To protect our most vulnerable citizens and help safeguard the state's Medi-Cal program, the Attorney General's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse works aggressively to investigate and prosecute those who would rob taxpayers of millions of dollars each year and divert scarce health care resources from the needy. The Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse also works aggressively to protect patients in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities from abuse or neglect. These dedicated efforts have earned special national recognition for the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Abuse.
California's most vulnerable people - its children, poor, elderly and disabled - can all too often be victimized by:
- Medical doctors ordering unnecessary lab tests, and allowing untrained, uncertified assistants to provide medical treatment to patients
- Dentists performing unnecessary teeth extractions on both adults and children
- Medical supply companies billing for equipment and products that were neither ordered nor delivered
- Nursing homes allowing their patients to suffer from bedsores, malnutrition and dehydration
- Nurse assistants physically abusing elderly and dependent adult patients who are entrusted to their care
Your Legal Duty - Reporting Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse
This video and written curriculum are designed for mandated reporters under section 15630 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, including but not limited to staff in every long-term health care facility, community care facility, and residential care facility for the elderly, as well as for everyone else who counsels, cares for, or interacts with elderly or dependent adults and therefore needs to know how to recognize and report neglect and other abuse.
The reporting requirements have changed and our office is working on a new curriculum along with a revised video. Please use the document entitled “Mandated Reporter Flow Chart," which describes the newly revised requirements, to supplement the curriculum and video.
While most health care providers in the state's Medi-Cal program are committed to giving the finest and most appropriate treatment to their patients, some unfortunately place profit and greed above patient care and the law.