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Resident to Resident Rape

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Trial themes
Cincinnati.com reported that police have arrested a 57-year-old David Henson in the alleged rape of a fellow patient at Heartland of Mt. Airy nursing facility.  Police allege David Henson anally and vaginally penetrated a woman with foreign objects, according to court documents. The accused and the alleged victim were both residents at the facility.  Henson’s attorney said that … Continue Reading

“Three Strike Plan”

Posted in Regulatory enforcement, Tort Reform, Trial themes
KLTV had an article on Texas lawmaker Charles Schwertner who is pressing lawmakers to enact a more stringent policy towards nursing homes with established violations of abuse and neglect. Senator Schwertner has proposed legislation that, if enacted, would require the state to revoke licenses of nursing homes that have chronically presented high level deficiencies to the … Continue Reading

For Profit Hospice Fall Short

Posted in Advocacy, Dementia Care, Trial themes
The Washington Post: Dying And Profits: The Evolution Of Hospice  The influx of for-profit companies into the hospice field has benefited patients, advocates say, because the commercial companies made big investments in technology, focused on efficiency and made care more accessible. But a Washington Post analysis of hundreds of thousands of U.S. hospice records indicates … Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Protects Medicare Reimbursements?

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Nursing home cases in the news, Tort Reform, Trial themes
McKnights had an article on a decision that prohibits the government to cut off reimbursements to a nursing home that entered bankruptcy while appealing the termination of its Medicare and Medicaid certification, a federal judge ruled. The controversial decision could lead other nursing homes to enter Chapter 11 to preserve reimbursements. After inspectors cited Bayou … Continue Reading

Pattern of Neglect

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
NBC reported that two Korean War veterans suffered agonizing and fully preventable deaths in The Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.  The Long Island nursing home in this case created an environment that resulted in two equally offensive acts of negligence, both of which were due in part to substandard quality of care. The first victim, … Continue Reading

Neglect Causes UTIs

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
McKnights reported the following: Lapses in nursing home care are significantly linked to the incidence of urinary tract infections, according to recently published findings. Seven categories of missed care in particular are linked to UTI incidence, the investigators found. Failure to administer medications and lack of adequate patient surveillance have an especially strong correlation. These … Continue Reading

Suit Against Omnicare Inc. for Accepting Kickbacks from Drug Manufacturer

Posted in Advocacy, Medications, Trial themes
The United States has filed a civil False Claims Act complaint against Omnicare Inc. alleging that it solicited and received millions of dollars in kickbacks from pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott Laboratories, the Justice Department announced.  Omnicare is the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy consulting services to nursing homes.  Federal regulations designed to protect nursing … Continue Reading

Grand Larceny of Residents’ Funds

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
The PostStar reported that Dawn M. Miller faces felony counts of grand larceny and scheme to defraud in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from residents of the home, court records show.  Miller was the nursing home’s business office manager/bookkeeper who is on probation for a drug charge that stemmed from alleged opiate abuse.  Why was … Continue Reading

Rehiring Abusers

Posted in Arbitration, Staffing, Trial themes
Despite video evidence, an elder abuser from Canada may be getting her job back. She is allegedly seen waving a feces covered rag in poor Hellen MacDonald’s face. Another employee blows their nose in a sheet before making the bed with it. Another pair gropes each other in the resident’s room. The resident suffered from … Continue Reading

Quality of Caregivers

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
With under-staffing rampant in many nursing homes, one might think that choosing the best and brightest out of the pool of available employees would be a simple choice, but many facilities are giving employee’s bad behavior a slap on the wrist. Far from simple mistakes, these employees have been found taking care of residents while … Continue Reading

Low pay, tough work leads to ‘high rate of burn out’ for nursing home nurses

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
SaukValley had an interesting article on nursing home staffing.  In a nursing home, the CNAs have the most hands-on interaction with residents, yet they’re the lowest-paid medical staffers.  Depending on their level of experience, education and the shift they work, starting pay for a CNA in the Sauk Valley ranges from only $8.75 to $10.50 … Continue Reading

“Carefully orchestrated sham transaction”

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Bloomberg reported that the bankruptcy judge in the Fundamental Long Term Care Holdings, Inc. bankruptcy stated that Fundamental Long Term Care Holdings LLC’s owners engaged in a “carefully orchestrated sham transaction” by selling a Trans Healthcare Inc. unit in 2006 to Barry Sacks.  Murray Forman and Leonard Grunstein (who pled guilty to perjury recently) were … Continue Reading

Video Footage Provides Family with Answers

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Lisa Lopez says she would never have known exactly what happened to her mother without the video footage provided by a camera in her nursing home. She found her mother with multiple broken bones, including a broken hip, some time after the incident. She filed a negligence lawsuit against Concord Nursing and Rehab Center, now … Continue Reading

Lawsuit about Short-staffing

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
ABC News reported that Preferred Care Partners Management Group L.P., one of the nation’s largest for profit nursing home chains, has been sued by New Mexico over inadequate resident care, alleging that thin staffing made it numerically impossible to provide good care. The nursing homes profited by skimping on staff “at the expense of the physical well-being of vulnerable … Continue Reading

Lawsuits Alleging Overmedication

Posted in Advocacy, Medications, Trial themes
NPR reported on the federal lawsuit against two Watsonville, Calif., nursing homes which offers a new approach to dealing with the persistent problem of such facilities overmedicating their residents.  The lawsuit details multiple cases when the government says these drugs were inappropriately administered to patients. For instance when an 86-year-old man identified in the lawsuit as Patient 1 … Continue Reading

Corruption in SC?

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
FITS News reported on new developments in an ongoing federal-state investigation of corruption at the S.C. State House.  Specifically, powerful S.C. ways and means chairman Brian White – who in addition to other things is reportedly being investigated for some sort of “residency” issue.  In reviewing past residences listed by White (he quit providing taxpayers with residency information in 2012), … Continue Reading

Center for Public Integrity

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Tort Reform, Trial themes
The Center for Public Integrity released a three-part investigative series on nursing home care. Part One: Analysis shows widespread discrepancies in staffing levels reported by nursing homes In part one, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein discovers discrepancies in staffing levels reported by nursing homes, finding that over 80% of facilities report higher levels of registered nurse care to the … Continue Reading

New Medicare Rules to Deter Abuse

Posted in Medicare, Trial themes
The Wall Street Journal: New Medicare Rules Aim To Reduce Abuse  The Obama administration last week strengthened Medicare’s authority to kick doctors and other medical providers out of the federal program for abusively billing the government. The move represents a significant shift in how the government tackles waste in Medicare, the insurance program for the … Continue Reading

Health Care Spending Lowest in Decades

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Kaiser Health News: Growth In U.S. Health Spending In 2013 Is Lowest Since 1960  Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey reports: “National health spending grew 3.6 percent in 2013, the lowest annual increase since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began tracking the statistic in 1960, officials said Wednesday. Spending slowed for … Continue Reading

Turner Resigns Amid Ethics Scandal

Posted in Tort Reform, Trial themes
The Washington Times reported that disgraced Rep. Eric Turner submitted his resignation from the Legislature.  Turner made no mention of the ethics scandal which removed him as House speaker pro tem.  An Associated Press investigation earlier this year uncovered Turner’s major financial stake in his family nursing home business, Mainstreet Property Group.  Internal Mainstreet documents showed that Turner and … Continue Reading