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Coalition for Quality Care

Posted in Advocacy, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
The Coalition for Quality Care is an umbrella organization of Long-term Care Citizen Advocacy Groups (CAGs) working together to strengthen our individual groups throughout the nation, to share information among them, to enable those groups to work across state lines, to coordinate efforts, and to speak and take action on both state and national levels… Continue Reading

“You put your loved one in there and you expect them to be taken care of.”

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Pressure or decubitus ulcers, Regulatory enforcement, Staffing, Trial themes
The Indy Channel and Call 6 reported the tragic case of Tim Johnson. Navy Veteran Johnson died in a Columbus hospital Oct. 11, 2014, at the age of 43 as a result of sepsis and cardiac arrest after spending four years at the Seymour Crossing nursing home operated by American Senior Communities.  See Police investigating possible… Continue Reading

$18 Million Verdict Overturned

Posted in Tort Reform, Trial themes, Verdicts/Settlements
The Richmond Register reported the disturbing incident by an activist judge who overturned and disregarded a jury’s verdict based on a technicality.  On June 25, a jury awarded $18 million in compensation to the estate of Eliza Jennings which had sued The Terrace Nursing Home.  The suit filed in March 2010 went to trial June… Continue Reading

Failure to Maintain Safety Equipment

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
One aspect of neglect is failure to properly maintain safety equipment. This failure, as reported by the Star Tribune, on the part of one Rochester nursing home resulted in one resident’s death last year. The resident was being transferred from a bed to a wheelchair when they fell 4 feet after the transfer harness slipped.… Continue Reading

Abusing the Charitable Immunity Doctrine

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
The Arkansas News reported the important decision from the Arkansas Court of Appeals (Order) which overturned a Jefferson County circuit judge’s ruling that Davis Life Care Center nursing home is immune from a wrongful-death lawsuit.  The appeals court said the judge erred in dismissing the wrongful-death lawsuit against Davis Life Care Center because of the allegation… Continue Reading

Administrator Sentenced

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, September 28, 2015 Former Nursing Home Administrator Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stealing Veterans Benefits ATLANTA – Denise M. Bailey, the former administrator of an assisted living facility, has been sentenced to federal prison for misappropriating over $300,000 in veterans benefits… Continue Reading

Pressure Ulcers Spur Hospital Readmissions

Posted in Pressure or decubitus ulcers, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported that HSR: Health Services Research has found that one of the leading indicators of hospital readmission in nursing homes is the prevalence of pressure ulcers. HSR’s research found that quality measures like pressure ulcer rates could affect hospital readmission rates regardless of county. Nursing homes with long term residents with pressure sores were… Continue Reading

Theft of Trust Funds

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
LoHud reported the arrest and indictment of Claire Wieland, an employee of Livingston Hills Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, for stealing thousands of dollars from residents in the nursing home.  Wieland took more than $6,000 from a resident trust fund.  The indictment alleges that between April 2013 and February 2014, Wieland drew up and cashed 24 checks for residents… Continue Reading

Home of CEO of American Senior Communities Raided by FBI

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
USA Today reported that the FBI raided the extravagant 9,000-square-foot house of the owner/operator of a chain of nursing homes.  The home is owned by James G. Burkhart, the CEO of American Senior Communities, according to Hamilton County property records. Investigators from multiple agencies, including the FBI, Office of the Inspector General and the Internal Revenue Service, worked inside and… Continue Reading

Experience Corps and Foster Grandparents

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Atlantic had a great article on the health benefits of having a meaningful life.  With the steady increase of the average life expectancy and the fast growth of the elderly population, new research has sought to determine how having a sense of meaning and purpose in one’s life impacts health and overall well-being and… Continue Reading

DON Arrested for Theft of 1,800 Hydrocodone Pills

Posted in Medications, Trial themes
Fox’s WRBC reported that Marie Tucker, director of nursing at North Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center nursing home, is accused of stealing prescription drugs from residents.  Tucker is charged with second degree theft of property for allegedly stealing hydrocodone while she was working as a registered nurse and the director of nursing at North Hill Nursing and… Continue Reading

Financial Exploitation

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
WKRG reported that Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced the arrest of Latrice Michelle Robinson, a caregiver at Sea Breeze Healthcare Center, for theft from a patient. The indictment charges Robinson with one count of theft of property in the second degree and 14 counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.  It is alleged… Continue Reading

Gangrenous Penis Amputated

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Infection Control, Staffing, Trial themes
The Oregonian reported the horrific and tragic case of a 60-year-old man who says Oregon City Health Care Center and its parent company, Prestige Care Inc., ignored his repeated complaints about a painful catheter infection claiming his penis became so infected that surgeons were ultimately forced to remove it.  The man’s lawsuit alleges that staff at… Continue Reading

Video Captures Abuse, Nurse Sentenced to Only 60 Days.

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Eight months into Donna Colcher’s stay, her family installed a hidden camera because they thought she was showing signs of abuse. In the video presented to prosecutors, Donna is seen repeatedly yelling for help after being both verbally and physically abused. Geofrey Nyangweso is a nurse who pleaded no contest to mistreating a resident at Victoria Falls… Continue Reading

“Maximize Reimbursement”

Posted in Medicare, Trial themes
LJWorld reported a story on the heroic whistleblower Megen Duffy.  She was an emergency room nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital that witnessed the falsification of records to increase reimbursement payments from Medicare and Medicaid.  Duffy worked at LMH from August 2009 to October 2013 as an emergency department nurse.  The suit alleges that arrival times of patients… Continue Reading

California AG: “Gross Negligence” = Involuntary Manslaughter

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
The Sacramento Bee reported the tragic death of James Populus, who suffered burns over 90 percent of his body from an arson fire decades earlier.  Populus died in August 2014 after 14 months at the facility, which has become a frequent target of state and federal officials for alleged violations. The neglect at Verdugo Valley led Populus… Continue Reading

False Reporting of Staff Numbers

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Public Integrity reported that the Government Accountability Office will conduct a review of the federal government’s nursing home rating system —the subject of a Center for Public Integrity investigation last fall. (The Center’s series was the recipient of The Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics from the National Press Club.)  Investigations… Continue Reading

Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Modern Healthcare had a great article on how CMS is trying to improve the care provided at nursing homes.  The CMS announced that it is combating the cost of nursing home hospitalizations by injecting funds into the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.  According to a 2013 report published by HHS’ Office of… Continue Reading

“Neglect Shown by Senior Leadership”

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes reported the guilty plea of a nurse named Nicolle Wagner-Stinson for covering up sexual abuse and neglect at a nursing home in Herkimer County.  Wagner-Stinson, director of Mohawk Valley Health Care Center nursing home, pled guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence.  Wagner-Stinson admitted to destroying a witness statement which described a sexual assault… Continue Reading

Guilty Plea for Assault

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Tessie Weigetz, a caregiver at Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home, only received one year of probation after pleading guilty to assaulting a resident in her care.  The family of the victim, Gerald Small, said he developed a fear of staff shortly after arriving at the home and complained of physical abuse.  That prompted the family… Continue Reading

Theft of Jewelry by CNA

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
SouthCoastToday had an article about the sad situation involving the theft of a special piece of jewelry from a resident.  Peter Brightman bought the silver-gold Channel ring with 12 tiny diamonds for his wife, Jane.  Peter asked out his future wife, then Jane Pereira, in 1969 when he returned after serving a year in the… Continue Reading

Arrest for Neglect

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
NewsOK had an article on a CNA at Warr Acres Nursing Home arrested for neglect.  Her defense:  No one checked her work or cared if she got it done.  This is often what happens in nursing homes that are not properly staffed.  The caregivers are overworked, underpaid, and suffer burnout.  This leads to care not being… Continue Reading

Therapy Generates Profit

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
The Wall Street Journal had an article on how profitable therapy is for nursing homes and how they exploit the regulations to make the most money.  Medicare pays nursing homes a daily rate for a person’s stay based largely on the duration of therapy.  Medicare pays for up to 100 days of nursing-home care following hospitalization;… Continue Reading

Signature Settles Fraud Case

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Sioux City Journal reported that Signature Care Centers, a for-profit chain of nursing homes, agreed to pay more than $415,000 to resolve allegations of false reports for Medicaid payments for the 2008 and 2010 fiscal years. “This agreement signifies both the importance our office places on ensuring that all providers play by the rules and our office’s dedication to… Continue Reading