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Rudeness Kills

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The study, “The Impact of Rudeness on Medical Team Performance: A Randomized Trial,” which was published in the September issue of Pediatrics, shows that a rude comment from a third-party doctor decreased performance among doctors and nurses by more than 50 percent in an exercise involving a hypothetical life-or-death situation. “We found that rudeness damages your… Continue Reading

$25 Million on Psychological Tests!

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
McKnight’s had an article on two psychologists charged for billing Medicare $25 million for psychological tests on nursing home residents that were either unnecessary or never provided.  Beverly Stubblefield, Ph.D., and John Teal, Ph.D., owned two psychological services companies that contracted to nursing homes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Stubblefield and Teal, along with… Continue Reading

For Profit Health Care = Higher Death Rate

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Tort Reform, Trial themes
CTV News and KelownaNow reported that vulnerable adults living in private for-profit nursing homes are more likely to die within six months of their stay than those living in non-profit facilities, a group of researchers has found.  A recent study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) found that for-profit seniors’ homes have a… Continue Reading

Mandatory Insurance for LTC in Kansas

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Hays Post reported that 4 nursing homes in Kansas are in willing violation of the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund which requires long term care providers to have insurance.  The Legislature required it when the House and Senate unanimously passed House Bill 2516 in 2014.  The bill added more than 600 adult care facilities — that… Continue Reading

Team Approach Thwarts Elder Abuse 

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Susan Kelley is a social sciences writer for the Cornell Chronicle who recently wrote an article on a new study from Cornell and Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.  The study shows that as many as one out of 10 people age 60 and older will experience some kind of abuse, most often in the form of financial exploitation. “It’s not that the rate of elder… Continue Reading

Guilty Plea but No Remorse or Apology

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Long Island Newsday reported the tragic but common story of neglect, falsification of records, and denial by caregivers.  Medford Multicare Center for Living’s owners allegedly paid themselves millions while cutting costs including staffing.  They pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree attempted falsifying business records in an attempt to cover up the neglect surrounding the 2012… Continue Reading

Doctor Accused of Assault

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
WYFF reported the arrest of Dr. Paul C. Drago, a Greenville surgeon accused of assaulting a woman and throwing pieces of her broken cellphone at her, according to an arrest warrant and hospital officials.   Drago is charged with kidnapping and domestic violence, according to the Greenville County Detention Center website.  The arrest warrant said during a… Continue Reading

False Claims Act Lawsuits against SavaSeniorCare

Posted in Medicare, Trial themes
Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 29, 2015 Government Intervenes in Lawsuits Alleging That Skilled Nursing Chain SavaSeniorCare Provided Medically Unnecessary Therapy The government has intervened in three False Claims Act lawsuits and filed a consolidated complaint against SavaSeniorCare LLC and related entities (Sava) alleging that Sava knowingly and routinely… Continue Reading

Wrongful Eviction

Posted in Advocacy, Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
KFOX14 Investigates the case of a disabled El Paso man who claims he was mistreated by his nursing home and wrongfully kicked out.  His complaints resulted in a state investigation of the nursing home. James Paternoster suffered a spinal cord and brain injury after falling from a ladder while working as a photographer nine years… Continue Reading

The Dangers of Antibiotics

Posted in Advocacy, Infection Control, Trial themes
USA Today and Fox News both reported the dangers of overusing antibiotics in nursing homes.  Antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly to ailing nursing home residents up to 75% of the time, the nation’s public health watchdog says.  The CDC last month advised all nursing homes to do more – immediately – to protect more than 4 million… Continue Reading

Untreated Bed Sores

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Nursing home cases in the news, Pressure or decubitus ulcers, Staffing, Trial themes
The Joliet Patch reported the preventable death of Sylvia Raucci at Fairview Care Center of Joliet nursing home.  The Cook County Record reports that Rosemarie Barry, administrator of the estate of Sylvia Raucci, filed a lawsuit against the facility, citing neglect and multiple violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. According to the suit,… Continue Reading

Gross Sexual Imposition

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
WKBN reported that police arrested Gilbert Macali for sexually assaulting a woman at Camelot Arms Nursing and Rehab Center nursing home.  Police charged Macali with gross sexual imposition. On Sept. 23, a nurse at Camelot told police that Macali, who worked at the facility, sexually assaulted a patient at the nursing home, according to police.  … Continue Reading

PharMerica Settles Depakote Kickback Case

Posted in Advocacy, Medications, Trial themes
The Province reported the settlement between PharMerica Corp. and federal investigators for kickbacks.  PharMerica agreed to pay $9.25 million to settle allegations that it solicited and received kickbacks from a manufacturer in exchange for promoting a drug with nursing home patients, federal prosecutors announced.  The settlement resolves claims that it received kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories in exchange… Continue Reading

Mysterious Morphine Death

Posted in Advocacy, Medications, Staffing, Trial themes
CBS reported that the only nurse on duty when residents were given excessive doses of morphine at Holland Homes Assisted Living denies she administered the morphine.  In a video deposition, Talisha Lillard denies any involvement in the death of 98-year-old Dorothy Byrd. “I do not know how she received morphine,” Lillard said.  Lillard had only worked at… Continue Reading

Abuse Witnessed by Co-workers

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
SWNewsMedia reported the disturbing treatment of a nursing home resident by Wanda Bea Poston.  She is charged with criminal neglect and disorderly conduct against an elderly Alzheimer’s patient at the Lutheran Home nursing home.  Poston, allegedly hit, yelled at and aggressively washed an 86-year-old man on Jan. 30, 2015. The charges against her both are gross misdemeanors.… Continue Reading

Bewilderingly Incredible Testimony

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Law 360 had an article on the trials and tribulations of CEO Laurie Bebo.  U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot ordered Bebo, the top executive at Assisted Living Concepts Inc., to pay $4.2 million after it allegedly listed fake occupants at its residences in order to meet lease requirements.  In a December order… Continue Reading

IOM Study: “All of us will likely experience a meaningful diagnostic error in our lifetime.”

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
KevinMD is a blog which recently had the below article by Dr. Carol E. Gunn who is a physician. She recently gave a TEDx talk, “Medical Errors: The Silent Killer in Medicine.” She can be reached or contacted on her self-titled site, Carol Gunn, MD. It’s been over a year since my older sister Anna died, so I choke… Continue Reading

“Optimizing Revenue”

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
The New York Times had an interesting article regarding a new report by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.  The report states that nursing homes are exploiting the billing system for therapy.  Nursing homes receive far more in Medicare payments than it costs them to provide care, and by giving patients more therapy… Continue Reading

A Voice for the Voiceless

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
Arkansas Matters reported the tragic case of a resident at Cumberland Nursing Home in Little Rock.  Darrick Blair’s mother was neglected which caused the development of preventable pressure ulcers or bed sores.  Complaining to management, Darrick said his family didn’t see any change. His mother was later taken to UAMS for treatment.  However, the worst part… Continue Reading

CNA Pleads Guilty to Rape

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
George Sumo Kpingbah, a Minneapolis nursing home aide at Walker Methodist Health Center  has pleaded guilty to the rape of a woman suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Kpingbah pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct for the assault that took place in December 2014. He originally pleaded not guilty in January.  Family members of the elderly… Continue Reading

Failure to Protect Residents

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
ABC News had an article about the careless indifference shown to Charles McCulloch who was found beaten in his bed a day after he was moved into the high-needs dementia ward at the Jindalee Aged Care Residence in January 2012.  The court was told when trained assistant nurse Bobby Joseph came to check on McCulloch, he… Continue Reading

Even Our Veterans Aren’t Safe

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Medications, Staffing, Trial themes
The Exponent Telegram reported the horrific theft of medications from military veterans.  Zane Ray George, a nurse at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, didn’t administer nearly 500 oxycodone pills to six patients on 103 dates, instead stealing the powerful painkiller.  George was charged with six felony counts of obtaining a prescription for a controlled substance by… Continue Reading

Repeat Violators

Posted in Advocacy, Choosing a nursing home, Trial themes
WBTW reported the following: Two nursing homes in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas have been named in a report for repeat violations of health or fire procedures.  Heritage Home of Florence, located at 515 South Warley Street, was named in the report, along with The Lakes at Litchfield, located at 120 Lakes at Litchfield… Continue Reading

Iowa’s Mentally Ill Transferred to Nursing Home

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Choosing a nursing home, Dementia Care, Trial themes
Tri-City Herald and KCRQ had articles on the nursing home, The Perry Health Care Center, that neglected three patients that were transferred there after a state mental hospital closed.  One of the patients died and another suffered a broken leg. The Perry Health Care Center faces up to $13,500 in fines. The inspection reports don’t identify… Continue Reading