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Arrest for Neglect

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
NewsOK had an article on a CNA at Warr Acres Nursing Home arrested for neglect.  Her defense:  No one checked her work or cared if she got it done.  This is often what happens in nursing homes that are not properly staffed.  The caregivers are overworked, underpaid, and suffer burnout.  This leads to care not being… Continue Reading

Therapy Generates Profit

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
The Wall Street Journal had an article on how profitable therapy is for nursing homes and how they exploit the regulations to make the most money.  Medicare pays nursing homes a daily rate for a person’s stay based largely on the duration of therapy.  Medicare pays for up to 100 days of nursing-home care following hospitalization;… Continue Reading

Signature Settles Fraud Case

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Sioux City Journal reported that Signature Care Centers, a for-profit chain of nursing homes, agreed to pay more than $415,000 to resolve allegations of false reports for Medicaid payments for the 2008 and 2010 fiscal years. “This agreement signifies both the importance our office places on ensuring that all providers play by the rules and our office’s dedication to… Continue Reading

Inmates Moving in with Grandma?

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
WBNS-10TV reported on the controversial decision to save money by moving prison inmates into nursing home facilities. With aging inmates come medical issues and climbing costs to pay for them. Since 2012, the state spent $33 million in health care just for inmates age 50 and older.  Money to pay for canes, walkers, wheelchairs and… Continue Reading

Change in Ownership and Quality of Care

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
McKnight’s recently reported on a new study published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy that shows changes in nursing home ownership may cause patient-centered care to suffer.  In fact, ratings among nursing homes that changed ownership scored 0.71 points lower on resident surveys than the nursing homes that did not change hands, said… Continue Reading

Payback to Campaign Donors?

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Tort Reform, Trial themes
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the outrageous “rate adjustment” (read: corporate windfall) that Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal gave to his campaign donors.  About $10 million of the $27 million a year will go to two companies – PruittHealth and Cypress Skilled Nursing. The Pruitt family are among Deal’s biggest campaign donors and have long… Continue Reading

Profits over People

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Regulatory enforcement, Staffing, Trial themes
The Boston Globe had a great article on the neglect suffered by Marie Crean and other residents since Synergy Health Centers expanded into Massachusetts. Synergy’s rapid expansion since December 2012 — it recently won state approval to acquire its 11th Massachusetts nursing home, in Salem — has been matched by mounting complaints. Crean’s experience raises… Continue Reading

Whistle-blower Fights Back

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Madison Record reported on whistle-blower Premissa D. Acoff, a former nursing home employee, who claims she was wrongfully terminated after  courageously reporting incidents of abuse and neglect that led to the death of at least two of its residents in 2014.  Acoff  filed a lawsuit against her employer, Cahokia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Inc. and its… Continue Reading

Rapist Caught in Act

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Bucks County Courier Times reported that Christopher Frederici, a 41-year-old nurse’s assistant, is accused of raping a 93-year-old dementia patient at Silver Lake Nursing Home and Rehabilitative Center nursing home and threatening to kill a coworker if she reported him.  The coworker caught Frederici in the act of sexually assaulting the elderly woman on April 13.  But the employee… Continue Reading

Emeritus CNA Takes “Funny” Cell Phone Video of Elder Abuse

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Metrowest Daily News reported that two caregivers at Emeritus at Farm Pond were arrested on May 5, 2014 and charged with elder assault after police were informed of cell phone videos showing them abusing elders at the facility. The shocking part- they recorded the abuse themselves. Damaris Diaz, 18, admitted to police that she filmed… Continue Reading

Wandering leads to Tragic Death

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
KHOU reported the tragic and preventable death of a blind man in his 60s found dead after wandering away from his nursing home. Police said the man’s body was found by a jogger about a mile from the facility in a grassy area off Interstate 35.  Neighbors are asking why the man was out by himself to… Continue Reading

Golden Living Centers Sued by Pa. AG

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Regulatory enforcement, Staffing, Trial themes
The Newton Patch reported the Pennsylvania Attorney General has filed legal action against national for-profit chain Golden Living Centers, a nursing home company with 36 locations statewide, for failing to provide basic services to “elderly and vulnerable” residents.  Golden Gate National Senior Care LLC manages and operates Golden Living Centers which operates 300 locations nationwide in 22 states. The… Continue Reading

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
NewJersey.com 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