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Covering Up Abuse and Neglect

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
The Chicago Tribune reported that two social workers, Kenneth Allen and Olufunmibi Ogunyipe, allege they were fired from Burnham Healthcare now known as Bria of River Oaks nursing home after refusing to fabricate medical records related to incidents of patient abuse.  Some of their patient-abuse allegations were investigated separately by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which… Continue Reading

“The scheme was characterized by unbridled greed”

Posted in Medicare, Trial themes
The Indianapolis Business Journal had an article about the fraud and greed that led to the indictment of nursing home owner and operator James Burkhart.   In an explosive federal indictment unsealed in October, kickback money was used to buy gold bullion, casino chips, and vacation homes in a massive fraud scheme.  The fraud and kickbacks… Continue Reading

Dumping for Profit

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
Herald Mail Media reported on the accusation of resident dumping by the owner/operator of five Maryland nursing homes.  The suit alleges that during a 17-month period between Jan. 1, 2015, and May 31,  Neiswanger Management Services LLC issued involuntary discharge notices to at least 1,061 residents at the five facilities it operates. NMS and a… Continue Reading

Superbug Outbreaks

Posted in Infection Control, Trial themes
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are sickened and tens of thousands die from infections by antibiotic-resistant bacteria and C. difficile, a pathogen linked to long-term antibiotic use. Timely reporting of outbreaks of these infections is essential to stopping the spread of disease and saving lives, public health experts and patient advocates say. Reuters assembled… Continue Reading

Toxic Greed

Posted in Advocacy, Medications, Trial themes
New York Magazine had a great article on the epidemic of opioid deaths and who and what is to blame. “During the worst year of the HIV/AIDS crisis, 43,000 Americans lost their lives to the virus. In 2015, 52,000 died of a drug overdose. Never in recorded history had narcotics killed so many Americans in… Continue Reading

Protections Under New Regulations

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Arbitration, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
Consumer Voice, in partnership with Justice in Aging, has released a new fact sheet entitled “Why-the-Recently-Revised-Nursing-Home-Regulations-Are-Vital-for-Nursing-Home-Residents” After four years of work from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), newly revised federal nursing facility regulations were released in September, and most provisions went into effect on November 28.  These revised regulations provide critical consumer… Continue Reading

Concerns Over Nursing Home Compare

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Hill had an article concerning the accuracy of the information on the federal website Nursing Home Compare.  Experts warn that information about nursing home staffing and quality is not accurate because facilities self-report and inflate staffing while covering up negligent care. CMS is aware that the higher ratings incentivize facilities to inflate their self-reported data. Despite CMS’s… Continue Reading

Guilty Plea in Patient Abuse

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The Chillicothe Gazette reported the guilty plea of Kali Jo Craiglow for abusing one of her patients in March at Westmoreland Place nursing home.  Kali Jo Craiglow pleaded guilty to a single count of patient abuse, a fourth-degree felony. The prosecution requested a 14-month sentence and asked the judge to consider victim impact statements. The investigation… Continue Reading

Attracting Caregivers to Nursing Home Industry

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The New Hampshire Union Leader had an article on how some nursing homes are attracting potential nurse employees.  For example, the Grafton County Nursing Home offers $500 sign-on bonuses and a $10,000 loan-forgiveness program for registered nurses. John Getts, president and CEO of Home Health & Hospice Care, said they offer employee referral bonuses, professional… Continue Reading

Whistle-Blowers and Fraud

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
The Econo Times had an article from Christine Zack.  Ms. Zack is an in-house attorney for the national for-profit chains Fundamental and Mariner.  She is also the Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer at Mariner Health Central, Inc. and Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Fundamental Administrative Services, LLC. Zack was recently a panelist in… Continue Reading

Firefighter’s Intuition Saves Lives

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Columbus Dispatch reported on the heroic firefighter Brian Severs who went with his gut feeling instead of listening to the nursing home employees.   A resident of Bryden Place was struggling to communicate with 911.  Then a nursing home employee came on the line, explaining that the nursing home resident who called was prone to complaining… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Electronic Monitoring

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Daily Chronicle reported an editorial from Kaiya Marie about the benefits of video surveillance in nursing homes. “At the beginning of 2016, the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act became law in Illinois. This act affects more than 100,000 residents living in nursing homes by providing video monitoring in patients’ rooms. This important legislation… Continue Reading

Inflating Staffing Numbers

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
McKnights had an article recently discussing the report (“Five-star ratings for sub-par service: Evidence of inflation in nursing home ratings.”) from the Brookings Institution and the University of Connecticut School of Business that found at least 6% up to 12.5% of skilled nursing providers inflate their self-reported staffing and quality measures, causing inaccuracies in their overall ratings. Researchers identified… Continue Reading

“Despair Deaths” Rising

Posted in Advocacy, Medications, Trial themes
The Atlantic had a great article on the recent report on life expectancy in America.  There is some good news and some bad news.  Young Americans are dying at a faster rate.  Elderly Americans are extending their life expectancy. A pair of new studies suggest Americans are sicker than people in other developed countries. The… Continue Reading

Genesis Healthcare

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Boston Globe continues their focus on the issues surrounding the nursing home industry.  A recent article discusses the national for-profit chain Genesis and their expansion into Massachusetts.   Genesis HealthCare, a Pennsylvania company that has grown in the past four years, more than doubling in size, to become the largest owner of nursing homes in… Continue Reading

Supporting Family Decision Makers for Nursing Home Residents

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
JAMA published another study regarding the necessity and effectiveness of communicating with resident’s family members. The study showed how better training can lead to better communication and improved quality of care. The intervention was conducted at the nursing home level; it involved enrolled family decision makers viewing an 18-minute goals of care video decision aid… Continue Reading

Canada’s Nursing Shortage

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
The Ottawa Citizen reported the shortage of nursing staff is affecting the quality of care in Canada’s nursing homes.  “A study by SafeCare BC found 60 per cent of long-term residential care homes that participated in the survey have a worker shortage, and it is particularly acute on Vancouver Island, with 78 per cent of care… Continue Reading

Dementia Rate Declines

Posted in Dementia Care, Trial themes
Fox News had an article about the declining rate of people suffering from dementia.  A new study released shows the rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in adults aged 65 and up dropped to about 9 percent in 2012 from nearly 12 percent in 2000, continuing a decline noted in earlier research. Led by University… Continue Reading

Genesis Expanding

Posted in Tort Reform, Trial themes
Genesis Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest for profit nursing home chains, purchased five nursing homes from Revera Inc. in Vermont.  Genesis owns about 200 facilities in New England and more than 500 nationwide. Short-term rehab patients (generally staying for up to 100 days) make up about 15 percent of all patients and many are young… Continue Reading

OIG To Analyze Therapy Billing

Posted in Medicare, Trial themes
HHS OIG Work Plan 2017 states that health officials will analyze Medicare reimbursements and therapy billing in nursing homes during fiscal year 2017.  “Previous OIG work found that SNFs are billing for higher levels of therapy than were provided or were reasonable or necessary,” the report reads. “We will review the documentation at selected SNFs… Continue Reading

“Is there any way someone is hanged on a bed rail without neglect?

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Fall Prevention, Staffing, Trial themes
KARK investigative reporters had an incredible expose on a recent case in Little Rock, Arkansas.  “In this KARK exclusive, Working 4 You delves into the death of Clara Hoyt, the laws on what nursing homes are required to report and who is held accountable when facilities aim to keep families in the dark on suspected… Continue Reading

Conflict of Interest?

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
What the heck is going on in Arkansas? Rosey Perkins and Rhonda Coppack, daughters of the late Martha Bull of Perryville, have sued nursing-home owner Michael Morton and former state Sen. Gilbert Baker, a lobbyist and political fundraiser.  The sisters contend the men conspired to bribe former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio to lower a Faulkner County… Continue Reading

Grane Healthcare Under Investigation

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing, Trial themes
WJACTV reported that a consumer protection lawsuit was filed against Pittsburgh-based Grane Healthcare Co., which manages and operates 12 skilled nursing facilities statewide, as a result of an investigation by the attorney general’s health care section. Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer accuses Grane of misleading consumers by failing to provide basic services to elderly and… Continue Reading