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HCR ManorCare is SpinCo

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported that HCP Inc. will “spin off” beleaguered HCR ManorCare, its skilled nursing and assisted living portfolio, into an independent real estate investment trust, the company announced.  HCP purchased HCR ManorCare’s real estate assets from private-equity firm The Carlyle Group in 2010 for $6.1 billion. The HCR ManorCare business has been a nagging worry for HCP ever… Continue Reading

Corporate Ownership = Lower Quality of Care

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Over the last two decades, thousands of nursing homes have been bought and sold by for profit corporate chains. A new study funded by the National Institute on Aging (R01 AG042418) has found that these transactions are related to lower quality of care. The findings are published in the May issue of the journal Health… Continue Reading

For Profits Hide the Money

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The NonProfit quarterly had a great article on the recent Boston Globe investigation into for profit nursing homes. The Boston Globe has been examining the 2014 financial reports from 396 Massachusetts nursing homes, comparing expenditures and health and safety rankings. The findings reflect significant differences, although the Globe reports that it is difficult to make… Continue Reading

NHC’s Cozy Relationship

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
The Post and Courier reported the shockingly corrupt relationship between NHC, the national for profit nursing home chain, and State Representative Brian White.  National Healthcare Corp. is White’s largest corporate source of campaign donations, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.  Bradley and Brian Moorhouse, brothers who are both nursing home administrators… Continue Reading

“The best of all the nightmares”

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Trial themes
The Record had a disturbing article an the pattern of abuse and neglect at Wagner Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  “It’s an absolute hell hole,” said Joyce Griffin whose son Reed McCormick, 57, spent time at the facility a few years ago. McCormick was recuperating from being hit by a car while walking in a parking… Continue Reading

False Charting

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The Boston Globe had an interesting article about the false charting found during an investigation into the neglect and wrongful death of a nursing home resident at Woodbriar Health Center owned and operated by Synergy Health Centers of New Jersey.  The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services fined Woodbriar $288,400 for health and safety violations… Continue Reading

2% Cost Increase for Nursing Home Care

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported the average national cost of both private and semi-private skilled nursing rooms increased a total of 2% over 2014, according to a new report from Lincoln Financial Group. Lincoln’s new “What Care Costs” data report shows the average cost of a semi-private room is nearing $87,000 annually, while a private room runs close to $99,600… Continue Reading

For-Profit Nursing Homes = Inferior Care

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
CBC News reported that for-profit nursing homes provide “inferior” care to seniors, and evidence is strong enough for policy makers to pay attention.  The finding came from a new paper published in the peer-reviewed joural PLOS Medicine.  The authors draw on years of research, in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere, comparing for-profit long-term residential care facilities… Continue Reading

Pay CNAs Their True Value

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Boston Globe had a great editorial on the lack of pay for nursing home caregivers related to their true value. CNAs who provide 95% of the direct care to most nursing home residents only get paid on average $11-an-hour in Massachusetts according to the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, which represents the nursing home industry. (In South Carolina,… Continue Reading

Fight for $15

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Workday Minnestoa had a great article explaining the need for a fair and living wage for all workers including CNAs in nursing homes.  On the same day that more than 100 Twin Cities fast-food workers went on strike, area nursing home workers took up the “Fight for $15” as well, rallying outside a Roseville care… Continue Reading

CNAs Deserve a Living Wage

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The Patriot Ledger reported on the need to increase staffing and pay to caregivers at nursing homes.  Better care for residents of nursing homes will require better pay and working conditions for the key workers: the nurse aides. The single factor most critical to high quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents… Continue Reading

A National Outrage

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Journal reported a story that shows how important staffing is at long term care facilities.  Residents in a nursing home suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their caregivers and were refused showers and left short of food, according to claims in released documents. In a complaint to the Health Information and Quality… Continue Reading

Job Stress Causes Neglect and Abuse

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
NPR had an interesting article on how job stress and burnout affects the quality of care provided by caregivers.  Nursing has long been considered one of the most stressful professions, according to a review of research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012. A… Continue Reading

CMS To Investigate Therapy Minutes

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
Medicare reimburses skilled nursing facilities, or SNFs, for “rehabilitation therapy” according to the amount and level of care they provide. The amount of care is measured in minutes per resident per week. The largest payments are awarded to SNFs for residents who receive “very high” or “ultra-high” therapy, respectively equal to at least 500 and 720 minutes per week.… Continue Reading

PruittHealth Sued Again

Posted in Advocacy, Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing, Trial themes
The Augusta Chronicle reported on another lawsuit filed against the national for profit chain PruittHealth.  Gloria Jessie, the grieving widow of a neglected resident who died after a six-month stay at a PruittHealth nursing home in Augusta, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.  The lawsuit filed on behalf of Lyons’ heirs is the fourth against PruittHealth… Continue Reading

Changes to Nursing Home Compare

Posted in Advocacy, Choosing a nursing home, Trial themes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched its Nursing Home Compare website in 1998 for the 17,000 nursing homes that participate in Medicare or Medicaid, and began its 5-star rating system for nursing homes in 2008 (see Medicare Nursing Home Compare).  The core indicators for nursing home performance include information from health inspections, staffing… Continue Reading

Long Term Care By the Numbers

Posted in Trial themes
In 2014, spending on freestanding nursing care facilities and continuing care retirement communities reached $155.6 billion, or an increase of 3.6% from 2013 (see National Health Expenditures 2014 Highlights). In 2015, the median annual cost for a private room in a nursing home was $91,250 (with a median daily cost of $250), and the median annual… Continue Reading

Impersonating a Nurse

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
Kristin Sweet was sentenced to 3 years in prison after admitting she impersonated a nurse when she wasn’t licensed, didn’t have a nursing degree and hadn’t been hired.  However, she may be released after 90 days to be treated at a correction center. Sweet pleaded guilty to identity fraud, deception to obtain a dangerous drug and practicing as… Continue Reading

Excessive Morphine Dose

Posted in Medications, Trial themes
The Star-Tribune reported on the tragic and preventable death of a nursing home resident who died less than 2 hours after nurses gave him 10 times his prescribed dose of morphine.  The Mahnomen Health Center has been cited for neglect and found responsible in the case for failing to transcribe the man’s medications accurately, according to a state… Continue Reading

Investigating Complaints

Posted in Regulatory enforcement, Staffing, Trial themes
ProPublica had a shocking report on California’s lax oversight of dangerous and troubled caregivers.  It is a problem all over the country.  “The board charged with overseeing California’s 350,000 registered nurses often takes years to act on complaints of egregious misconduct, leaving nurses accused of wrongdoing free to practice without restrictions, our joint investigation investigation… Continue Reading

Medications and Kickbacks

Posted in Medications, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported on the sentencing of Michael Reinstein, a Chicago psychiatrist, who prescribed the antipsychotic clozapine to thousands of nursing home residents in exchange for kickbacks.  He was only sentenced to 9 months in jail despite receiving close to $600,000 from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for prescribing Clozaril (the brand-name version of clozapine) to thousands of elderly hospital… Continue Reading

Indicted for Falsifying Records

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported that Riadel Manzano, director of nursing for Woodmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, was indicted on charges of falsifying records.  Manzano is accused of knowingly falsifying resident records in 2012 while working as the director of nursing services. She was indicted on charges of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, along… Continue Reading