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Genesis Healthcare Purchases More Facilities

Posted in Tort Reform, Trial themes
 Genesis HealthCare (Genesis), one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute care, announced that it has signed an asset purchase agreement with Revera Inc. (Revera), a leading owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector, to acquire 24 of its skilled nursing facilities along with its contract rehabilitation business for $240 million.  Genesis will acquire… Continue Reading

Administrator Arrested

Posted in Medications, Staffing, Trial themes
WKYT reported that nursing home Administrator Kelly Goodin was arrested for stealing residents’ medications and sold them to someone on the streets.  Goodin was the Administrator at Mountain View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was arrested on 12 charges of trafficking in a controlled substance.  The drugs included oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and others, in the form… Continue Reading

Financial Exploitation

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
Robert Greco Jr., the former leader of the Cumberland County Republican Party, pleaded guilty to stealing an elderly man’s savings.  Greco is the owner and administrator for the East Creek Manor Residential Health Care Facility.  Greco persuaded a vulnerable resident at East Creek to sign over power of attorney in 2012, granting access over accounts and financial… Continue Reading

Largest Kickback Scheme

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
A Miami home health company has agreed to pay $17 million for paying doctors to refer Medicare patients.  Department of Justice officials said that the settlement with Hebrew Homes Health Network Inc. is the largest involving violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute by skilled nursing facilities in the United States. Prosecutors said Hebrew Homes hired numerous… Continue Reading

Sometimes the Cover up Leads to Death

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
The website Courthouse News had an interesting article on the tragic choices made by American River Center, a nursing home in Sacramento owned and operated by Genesis HealthCare.  Bell, 49, was admitted to the nursing home owned by Genesis HealthCare after suffering a stroke and lived there for 21 months. His daughters say he lost 30… Continue Reading

PTA Accused of Sexual Assault

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The Gazette Extra reported that Matthew G. Hendrickson, a physical therapist assistant at the Golden Years Retirement and Nursing Home, faces a maximum 10 years in prison after charges accusing him of sexually assaulting a patient were reduced.  Hendrickson is accused of sexually assaulting a now-80-year-old female during her physical therapy according to the criminal complaint filed in… Continue Reading

Guilty Pleas in Oklahoma

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Medications, Staffing, Trial themes
The Oklahoman reported that caregivers in Oklahoma nursing homes pleaded guilty to an assortment of crimes, including using patients’ names to obtain prescription painkillers and forcing a disabled resident of one home to lick dried spit off a wall while the incident was recorded on a cellphone. Christina Deann Whalen who worked at Shady Rest Nursing… Continue Reading

Largest Medicare Fraud Bust

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
WGNO reported that the FBI arrested 46 doctors and nurses across the country last month in the largest Medicare fraud bust ever; 243 people were arrested in 17 cities for allegedly billing Medicare for $712 million worth of patient care that was never given or unnecessary.  Four people are charged for mass-marketing a talking glucose monitor and… Continue Reading

Nursing Home Employee Accused of Stealing From Residents

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
NBC Connecticut reported that Jessica Solomon, an employee of South Windsor nursing home, was arrested by East Hartford police after she was caught shoplifting at a Walgreens. Upon being caught for shoplifting police found “two driver’s licenses, two personal checks and three credit cards” in her hand bag that belonged to four residents of South Windsor.… Continue Reading

$1.4 Million Settlement for Choking Death

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes, Verdicts/Settlements reported the $1.4 million settlement involving The New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Paramusthe as a result of the death of one of two patients who choked to death at the facility within two weeks.  Suspicious or accidental deaths in nursing homes must be reported to the state Department of Health, but that notification did not… Continue Reading

Building Better Nursing Homes

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Atlantic had an interesting article on how to improve the quality of care in the nursing home industry.  “Nursing homes have been run the same way for decades, in part to meet government regulations and to qualify for government payments such as Medicare and Medicaid.”  A better nursing home would look totally different from the… Continue Reading

Nursing Home Industry Is A Solid Investment

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Dr. Harold Goldmeier wrote an article for SeekingAlpha website explaining why investing in the nursing home industry is a safe bet.  Demographics and profit create a bright future.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are nearly 16,000 nursing homes with nearly 2 million beds housing 1.4 million residents in the U.S. 68%… Continue Reading

“The July Effect”

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Politico had an interesting article adapted from author Alexandra Robbins’s work: The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital.  As Robbins states “If you want to know what’s really happening in a medical building, don’t ask a doctor. Instead, turn to the best-informed, hardest-working and savviest professionals in health care: Nurses.”… Continue Reading

NH Caregivers: Overworked and Underpaid

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Ring of Fire wrote an interesting article on one of the causes of neglect at nursing homes:  overworked and underpaid CNAs.   One of the causes of the ongoing scandals of elder abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is the fact that the understaffed caregivers are physically, mentally, and financially struggling. Case in point… Continue Reading

Listen to Your Loved Ones

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
WoodTV reported the horrific accusations against caregiver, Tyler Malone, who is accused of throwing shoes and water at a 86-year-old patient, as well as threatening to sexually assault the victim with a stuffed animal.  Malone is charged with second-degree vulnerable adult abuse and stalking against a patient at the Lifehouse Crystal Springs Retirement Home — second-degree… Continue Reading

ANA Advocates for 24 Hour RN Staffing in NH

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The website NursingWorld had an article on the need for more RNs in nursing homes.  The American Nurses Association (ANA) joined with geriatric nursing and consumer advocacy organizations today to support a federal bill to improve the quality of care for nursing home residents by requiring around-the-clock staffing by a registered nurse (RN). ANA, the… Continue Reading

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
The New Yorker had an incredible article written by Dr. Atul Gawande about waste, fraud, and abuse in the health care industry.  This is a fantastic article written by a general surgeon talking about what really drives up medical care – low value and unnecessary care.  Surprisingly, he doesn’t blame “frivolous lawsuits” as many doctors reflexively… Continue Reading

The Epidemic in Nursing Home Evictions

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Californai Advocates for Nursing Home Reform published an article about a money making scheme by the nursing home industry to evict Medicaid resident to make more money off of Medicare and hospice residents.  Nursing homes throughout the country are rapidly adopting a “new” business model: attract lucrative short term patients paying through Medicare, and then… Continue Reading

Videotaping Abuse

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Crystal Marie Leyhue, a healthcare worker in Fulton County has been indicted on an assault charge for allegedly putting a hot pepper in an elderly person’s mouth. The indictment stems from Leyhue putting a hot pepper in residents’ mouths while laughing and videotaping  their reaction. Another employee at the facility says they saw what happened and… Continue Reading

Own vs. Lease in Seniors Housing

Posted in senior care, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Own or lease? This is a common question that senior facility operators have. Experts agree that there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question. What is right for one operator or facility may not be for another one. With so much at stake, how can an operator be sure that he is… Continue Reading

Most Nursing Home Deaths are from Falls

Posted in Advocacy, Fall Prevention, Trial themes
The first comprehensive study into injury related or premature deaths of residents in nursing homes has found that more than 80 per cent are from falls.  The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that between 2000 and 2012 there were 1296 deaths in Victoria, and 89 per cent of those… Continue Reading