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Criminal Investigation Division

To Report TennCare Provider Fraud or Patient Abuse in Tennessee call TBI’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Hotline: 1-800-433-5454 or Email TIPs to TBI

Patient and Elder Abuse

Residents of mental health facilities and elderly persons living in nursing homes are all too often the victims of physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. Neglecting these individuals can also constitute abuse.  By law, citizens who have knowledge of or suspect this kind of activity are required to notify the proper authorities. The law also protects those who report abuse from being retaliated against by their employer. 

In many cases, an abused or neglected person is totally dependent on the abuser and is afraid to complain for fear of reprisal. That's why it is especiallly important that other people watch for these warning signs and call law enforcement if they appear.  Below are some examples of each kind of abuse.

Physical Abuse:

Sexual Abuse:


Examples of Medicaid Fraud