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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

Another Fatal Wandering Incident in SC

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Dementia Care, Staffing, Trial themes
ABCNEWS4 reported the tragic wandering death of resident Marie Duddy because of a defective and malfunctioning warning system.  Duddy’s body was found two miles from the assisted living facility May 21 — 28 hours after she was reported missing.  Duddy was allowed to wander away from Savannah Place and was found dead in the marsh on James… Continue Reading

Video Records Abuse

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
ABC reported the horrible abuse recorded by secret video at Mitcham Residential Care Facility in Australia.  Noleen Hausler had been suspicious about her father’s bruises but lacked proof to back her complaints that he was being abused in his nursing home.  The tiny spy camera she covertly placed in her father’s private room recorded disturbing acts… Continue Reading

Staffing Crisis

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Times-Standard reported the staffing crisis at five of Rockport Healthcare Services’s six skilled nursing homes.  A lack of available health care workers to adequately staff may lead to fewer beds or even possible facility closures if solutions are not found in the near future, according to the facilities’ administration company.  Should this occur, patients could… Continue Reading

Bounced Paychecks

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
Everything Lubbock reported the sad situation at Littlefield Hospitality nursing home.  The owners owe the employees a total of $17,880.75, said the Lamb County District Attorneys Office. The DA’s Office said that six employees of Littlefield Hospitality have come forward, saying they are unable to cash their paychecks. Sylvia Garcia is one of those employees,… Continue Reading

Will the Industry Die?

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Sherwin Sheik  is the founder & CEO of CareLinx, an online nationwide marketplace that directly connects families with professional and affordable caregivers.  He wrote an interesting article for Huffington Post about the decline and future downfall of the nursing home industry.  One major factor is the increasing difficulty recruiting and retaining staff in the major metropolitan regions… Continue Reading

Labor and Quality of Care

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Marge Robinson is president of SEIU Healthcare Michigan who represents many employees of long term care facilities.  She wrote a fantastic editorial in The Detroit News.  Below are excerpts: No rational person would argue that the elderly relegated to nursing homes in the twilight of their lives are not among our most vulnerable population of… Continue Reading

Another Financial Exploitation Incident

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Miami Herald reported the tragic tale of famous musician Avigdor Ziskin.  Ziskin was a resident of Regents Park at Aventura for the last 5 years.  In 2009, Ziskin — who was a concert pianist — had a net worth of more than $3 million.  During his residency, employees managed to siphon more than $2 million of his… Continue Reading


Posted in Dementia Care, Staffing, Trial themes
Delirium is misunderstood, even among some health care providers. Often observed among institutionalized patients – particularly older ones – it’s an acute decline in cognitive functioning that appears sporadically.  Delirium may result from illnesses such as lingering infections, dehydration, sedation, an improper blending or administration of medications and is a sign of neglect.  It’s not… Continue Reading

Jewelry Taken From Dying Resident

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
nwfDailyNews reported the arrest of two nursing home employees who are accused of stealing resident’s valuables and pawning them.  According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, sometime between March 31 and April 2 the two, Lora Kathryn Davis and Brian Pierce Smith entered a resident’s room at Belvedere Commons in Fort Walton Beach while the… Continue Reading

CMS Releases Nursing Home Enforcement Information

Posted in Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) release an “Enforcement Report” with information about nursing home provider enforcement from 2006 to 2014.  The CMS enforcement reports provide information about CMS and state survey agency enforcement actions for all surveys from 2006 to 2014.   The release is part of the agency’s “ongoing efforts to ensure… Continue Reading

CNA Arrested for Abuse

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Buffalo News reported that Angelene Burton, a nursing home aide at Highpointe on Michigan Health Care Facility, has been charged with slapping an 88-year-old patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and acute kidney failure.  Burton allegedly slapped the resident on the left side of his head during care and later in the face, according to the office of Attorney… Continue Reading

Dumping Allowed in California

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Courthouse News Service reported the disturbing decision by a judge in California to dismiss a lawsuit about the illegal dumping of nursing home residents.  Lead plaintiff Bruce Anderson and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform sued the state last November for failing to enforce rulings that require nursing homes to re-admit low-income residents. Anderson and two other… Continue Reading

Alternatives to Anti-psychotics

Posted in Advocacy, Dementia Care, Medications, Staffing, Trial themes
Greater communication between doctors and nursing home employees about the condition and treatment of dementia patients allowed specialists to participate in care, improving patients’ health, according to a recent study.  The website Long Term Living had the following article on this issue: Nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia were less likely to need… Continue Reading