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Breach of Trust

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Fox4KC reported the arrest of nursing home employee Angela Kreps who is accused of stealing thousands from a cancer victim. Kreps was director of social services at the Maple Wood Care Center.  Kreps used her position at the center to gain the victim’s trust.  She allegedly used the money for things like tanning, gasoline and groceries. “Court records… Continue Reading

Choking Death

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Dementia Care, Nutrition, Staffing, Trial themes
The Star Tribune reported that the Minnesota Department of Health said the Gardens at Cannon Falls “did not have an adequate system to ensure cognitively impaired residents on [liquid] diets were adequately supervised.” Nursing home staff knew the resident was dissatisfied with her limited liquid diet, and that she would routinely try to take the… Continue Reading

“Staffing is an issue everywhere you go”

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
ABC27 had an incredible article with video proof of horrendous violations at Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  You can see the videos by using the link to the article. “I’ve seen roaches, but these are huge,” Kayla Singleton said as she watched the video again. Singleton was a registered nurse supervisor at the facility when she recorded… Continue Reading

Owner only “did what he could to get by”

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Benchmark Healthcare of Festus Inc. nursing home may not continue to be eligible for taxpayer funding through Medicare and Medicaid after not providing enough food for residents and violating basic minimum standards for cleanliness and care, according to federal inspection reports.  It is rare for the government agency to pull funding… Continue Reading

Chemical Restraint Lawsuit

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Medications, Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
The News Journal reported that the family of Sylvia Pierce, a third-grade teacher with the Capital School District for 25 years, is suing national for profit chain Genesis Healthcare for improperly giving her antipsychotic medications without their consent, which led to her death. Prior to her admission, Pierce had been able to stand, talk and feed herself, even playing… Continue Reading

Caught in the Act

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
WMUR reported guilty plea of Timothy Morrissey for the sexual assault of a nursing home resident assigned to his care. Morrissey was an employee of Bel-Air Nursing Home.  He was caught in the act of assaulting the 79-year-old victim. He apologized in court for what he did, but the judge called him a predator.  Prosecutors said a… Continue Reading

Medically Unnecessary Services

Posted in Medicare, Trial themes
The DOJ sent a press release disclosing the settlement between AJIT Healthcare, Inc. (doing business as Westlake Convalescent Hospital nursing home), Dr. Jasvant Modi, and Dr. Meera Modi who agree to pay $3,563,140 to resolve civil allegations that they participated in a scheme to improperly transfer patients recruited from the “Skid Row” district to a hospital for medically unnecessary… Continue Reading

Vanguard Under Investigation

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
McKnights had an interesting article on the False Claims Act investigation into Vanguard Healthcare LLC, a Tennessee-based skilled nursing provider.  The federal government has sued Brentwood-based nursing home company Vanguard Healthcare LLC., alleging the company submitted false claims to Medicare and TennCare on behalf of its senior residents and failed to provide them with even basic nursing services.… Continue Reading

Fraudulent Medicare Billing

Posted in Medicare, Trial themes
The Fresno Bee reported that two psychologists from Louisiana and Mississippi admitted to a $25 million Medicare scam by billing for unnecessary or nonexistent tests on nursing home patients across the Southeast.  As part of their guilty pleas, Beverly Stubblefield and John Teal admitted they’re responsible for more than $5.6 million in fraudulent claims submitted… Continue Reading

Sepsis is a Medical Emergency

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Infection Control, Pressure or decubitus ulcers, Trial themes
McKnight’s had a great article on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent report on sepsis in Vital Signs.  Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency. Many clinicians are missing the signs of… Continue Reading

“So, what was it like living in a nursing home?”

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Joshua Allen wrote an interesting article for the Bangor Daily News about living in a nursing home for 10 days this past summer.  Allen is a second-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England. He stayed at St. Andre Health Care, a nursing home in Biddeford, while participating in… Continue Reading

Medicaid Coordinator Arrested

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Trial themes
Local10 reported that Haymee Hernandez was the Medicaid coordinator at the Claridge House in North Miami.  Hernandez was arrested after she deceived three sick or disabled residents, stealing more than $13,000 from their bank accounts to shop at Macy’s and buy baked goods, among other things, according to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the… Continue Reading

The Case of “Mike Brennan”

Posted in Dementia Care, Trial themes
New York Magazine had an incredible article on a rare medical condition called “pure alexia” which is defined as “a selective impairment of reading in the absence of other language deficits [that] occurs as a consequence of brain injury in previously literate individuals.” The condition is discussed in Scientific American by Yale University psychiatry resident Daniel Barron in the case… Continue Reading

Nursing Home Compare

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Staffing, Trial themes
CMS launched Nursing Home Compare in 1998, adding the Five Star Nursing Home Quality Rating System in 2008. Through the Five-Star program, CMS summarizes available data for nursing homes in a consumer-friendly format while providing comparisons against state and national data for reference. On August 10, 2016, CMS added five new quality measures to the… Continue Reading

Bottom Feeders

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
Laphonza Butler wrote a great article on the importance and necessity of adequate staffing in nursing homes.  Butler is provisional president of SEIU Local 2015 and  president of SEIU California.  Butler bemoans the lack of progress in elevating the quality of care in California’s nursing homes despite billions being spent and profits soaring.  The rpoblem… Continue Reading

Short Staffing = Loss of Dignity

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Hilda Casey has lived at Rosemary Heights Seniors Village for the last eight months.  Her family is speaking out about the neglect their mother suffers particularly in the evenings when there are fewer staff.  The neglect includes sitting in her own feces while she waits for staff to help.  “I’ve waited well over an hour… Continue Reading

Nursing Labor Market Competitive, Increase in Pay

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported great news for registered nurses in nursing home.  Pay rates for registered nurses working in skilled nursing facilities rallied in 2016, with employers awarding raises at levels not seen in years. It’s a reflection of the competitive market for RNs, believes Rosanne Zabka, director of reports for Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service, which annually… Continue Reading

Sharing Videos of Abuse and Neglect

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Fox59 reported on the shocking videos of abuse and neglect being shared on social media by nursing home employees.  An updated report from independent investigative non-profit ProPublica shows cases of elder abuse and privacy invasion are growing. They found another 12 incidents investigated by local governments during the first seven months of 2016. That’s as many as… Continue Reading

Temporary Manager Appointed at Troubled Facility

Posted in Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
The Sentinel reported that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has placed a temporary manager at the Golden Living nursing home on Poplar Church Road in Camp Hill after ABC27 reported on inspections showing hygiene issues and medication errors in the facility, along with an incident involving maggots in a patient’s feeding tube.  The manager has been at the facility… Continue Reading

Genesis $52.7 Million Settlement with DOJ

Posted in Medicare, Regulatory enforcement, Staffing, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported that national for profit nursing home chain Genesis Healthcare has agreed to settle with the DOJ for $52.7 million under an “agreement in principle” to settle four separate U.S. Department of Justice investigations.  The provider currently operates nursing homes in 34 states and employs nearly 90,000 workers nationwide. The settlement will resolve allegations over… Continue Reading

Owner/Operator Arrested for Medicare Fraud

Posted in Advocacy, Regulatory enforcement, Staffing, Trial themes
CNBC reported the “largest single criminal health-care fraud case ever brought against individuals” by the U.S. Justice Department — an alleged Medicare fraud and money laundering scheme that netted participants a whopping $1 billion since 2009.  Philip Esformes, the owner of more than 30 Miami-area skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, as well as a… Continue Reading

41 Hours of Neglect Leads to 4 Arrests

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Four employees of Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center were arrested for allegedly leaving a 94-year-old resident alone in a recliner for nearly two days, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.  LPN Lorraine Caldwell; LPN Amanda Gus; CNA Sarah Schuyler, and CNA Donna Gray face charges they they each failed to provide care to a 94-year-old resident… Continue Reading

Legislators: “Increase Staffing and Prohibit Arbitration”

Posted in Arbitration, Staffing, Trial themes
The Washington Examiner reported on the recent push to increase the quality of care and safety at nursing homes by increasing direct care staffing. A group of 32 Democratic lawmakers wrote to the Obama administration calls on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to boost staffing levels. CMS should require a nursing home to be… Continue Reading