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Nursing Home Beds Market 2016 global industry analysis and forecast

Posted in senior care, Trial themes
I saw the below on MedGadget and thought it was worth sharing. The market report, titled Nursing Home Beds Market 2016, is an analytical research done by QY Market Research study based on the Nursing Home Beds market, which analyzes the competitive framework of the Nursing Home Beds industry worldwide. This report “Worldwide Nursing Home… Continue Reading

Cover-up Causes Delay in Care

Posted in Fall Prevention, Trial themes
News4Jax reported the tragic and preventable death of Nadine McBurnett while a resident at Terrace of Jacksonville nursing home.  McBurnett suffered a preventable fall at the home but the facility failed to contact the family or provide emergency care for over three hours. The family is suing the nursing home entrusted with her care.  Letter of… Continue Reading

Surveillance Video Records Assault

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Trial themes
WKBW reported on a incident that once again proves how necessary cameras in nursing homes are to protect the residents from abuse and neglect.   Susan Sanborn, a social worker at Absolut Care of Orchard Park, is facing charges after being caught on surveillance video pushing a nursing home resident to the ground and kicking the resident.… Continue Reading

Theft of Patient Funds

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
WTVM reported that Elener Wyckoff, an employee of Adams Nursing Home, was indicted for stealing money from patient trust funds.  Wyckoff  stole $2,470 when she worked as a social services assistant for Adams Nursing Home. The attorney General’s Medicaid fraud control Unit presented evidence resulting in Wyckoff being indicted, charging her with theft of property in… Continue Reading

Falsifying Records and Fraud

Posted in Medicare, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
CYNCentral and WKTV reported that Mohawk Valley Nursing Home LLC pled guilty to falsifying business records and has agreed to pay $1 million in overpayments to the Medicaid program.  This resolves a case that involved a 45-count indictment that alleged patient abuse and neglect and charges of falsifying records to cover up the incidents at the… Continue Reading

No jail time for Sex Offender

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Mid Sussex Times reported that Dhannajee Marottee was arrested in July 2013 following an allegation of sexual assault against a woman who was a patient at Worthing Hospital, where he worked at the time. In January 2014 he was charged with a sexual assault against a woman for an offence that occurred at Ladymead Nursing Home, Hassocks,… Continue Reading

Negligent Hiring

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
The Tennessean reported the arrest of Alicia D. Brooks, a nursing home technician, for identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card after Metro police say she opened up credit cards in the name of a patient she cared for at Vancor Manor nursing home and racked up thousands of dollars on them, an affidavit shows.  Brooks was already on… Continue Reading

Genesis Settles False Claims Act allegations

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
McKnights’ reported that Genesis Healthcare LLC will pay $600,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations for a skilled nursing facility in Arlington, VA. In addition to the settlement, the nursing home chain will pay for a transition consultant to assist the new operator of the skilled nursing facility for a year. This consultant will help “identify… Continue Reading

PharMerica Settles with South Carolina

Posted in Medicare, Medications, Trial themes
The Post and Courier reported the settlement involving South Carolina and PharMerica to settle allegations of health care fraud.  The federal government contends it illegally promoted the use of Aranesp, a drug used to treat anemia that is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Amgen. PharMerica has agreed to pay the federal government $2.5 million. PharMerica is a… Continue Reading

Huge victory for transparency, accountability, and public safety

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Public Justice wrote a fantastic blog explaining the Ninth Circuit’s decision to reverse a district court order sealing court records in a case where Chrysler wanted documents related to a safety defect with the electronic system in some of its cars.  See Velasco Opinion. It’s the same story, over and over again: Corporation conceals deadly… Continue Reading

Employee embezzles from Charity Account

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
James H. Faust was employed by Falling Spring Nursing Home, but resigned on May 11. The regional director of operations came to the home with intentions to fire Faust, but he resigned first.  Faust is now accused of stealing more than $10,000 while he worked there.  Faust is charged with 23 counts of theft — one felony… Continue Reading

Study: For-profit Nursing Homes Rated Lowest

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
McKnight’s had an article discussing a new study that shows Maryland’s for-profit nursing home chains rank lowest in family-reported care quality ratings.  See new study.  Results of the study were published in the January issue of Medical Care. Maryland’s independently-owned nonprofit facilities had the highest overall rating at 8.9, with small nonprofit chains coming in second with… Continue Reading

“Disgraceful Defiance”

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
Arkansas Business reported the legal fight and discovery obstruction in a class action against Adcare Health Systems Inc. of the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, Georgia.  It’s a case originally filed in September 2014 against publicly traded nursing home operator Adcare Health Systems Inc., the nursing homes it owns in Arkansas and the dozens of entities and… Continue Reading

“Immediate jeopardy”

Posted in Medications, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
The Modesto Bee had an article about Vintage Faire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Covenant Care, the national for-profit chain that owns and operates the facility. The facility has a below-average rating from a federal government service that rates nursing homes for consumers. State regulators spent an unusual amount of time at the 99-bed nursing home… Continue Reading

“That is wrong on so many levels”

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
The Times Herald-Record’s recordonline.com reported that Elant Inc.’s civil settlement with NY will not protect them from criminal prosecution for Medicare and Medicaid fraud.  The settlement, however, makes clear that it is civil in nature and does not preclude criminal action or civil suits by individual patients or insurers.  The $600,000 settlement between the state attorney general… Continue Reading

Mandatory National Background Checks for Nursing Home Employees

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Governor Steve Beshear signed an emergency regulation requiring nursing homes to obtain national criminal background checks on new employees and other individuals who provide direct one-on-one care to elderly residents or patients in order to obtain or renew the facility’s license to operate in Kentucky.    Effective Jan. 1, 2016, approximately 1,300 providers will be required to… Continue Reading

Owner in Contempt

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Courier-Post reported that Michael Konig, owner of Broadway Healthcare Management LLC, was found in contempt of court of a 2009 judgment, failing to pay $636,410 in denied overtime pay plus interest to at least 150 direct care staff in 10 nursing homes.  Broadway Healthcare Management LLC and its owner, Michael Konig, denied overtime pay to at least 150… Continue Reading

Tragic Case of Error, Ignore, and Evade

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Daily Beast in a recent article asked the question “Did Hospitals Kill Her Mom?”  The article discusses the care and treatment Paula Schulte received in 11 weeks in Florida hospitals.  The article provides background on Schulte who was 64, living an active life—staying in touch daily with her daughter, Stephanie Sinclair, and taking afternoon drives with… Continue Reading

Health Care Fraud

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
Dr. Robert Hadley Gross, a Texas psychiatrist, has been sentenced to less than six years in federal prison for submitting false claims for services at a nursing home that were never provided.  Gross was also fined $100,000 and must pay $1.8 million in restitution. Gross was found guilty in September of one count of healthcare… Continue Reading

Siphoning Funds

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Boston Globe had an incredible article on how individual owners of nursing homes were siphoning funds to care for residents into their own pockets.   Larry Lipschutz, who owns Braemoor Health Center, was able to wring $1.8 million in pay out of the 120 bed facility last year, according to state records. He owns the Braemoor… Continue Reading

Demographics and Available Beds

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
CNBC had an article about the lack of nursing home beds for America’s aging population. Here are some points you may want to ponder: The Census Bureau reported that in 2006, there were 78.6 million boomers in the U.S. Many of them will turn 70 by 2020. By 2030, about 20 percent of the nation’s… Continue Reading

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
Hospital-acquired conditions are a major factor in patient safety. According to the Partnership for Patients, in 2010 adult patients experienced about 4.8 million HACs in 32.8 million hospitalizations. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that the additional cost of HACs ranges from $1,000 for treating a catheter-associated UTI to $17,000 for treating central-line… Continue Reading

Choking Death Lawsuit

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
The Palos Patch reported the lawsuit filed against the national for-profit chain HCR Manor Care for the tragic and preventable choking death of resident Gerald McNamara.  McNamara choked on food he was served at Manor Care of Palos Heights in Dec. 2013. His children Helen G. and David Cardwell claim caregivers did not cut his… Continue Reading