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Peggy’s Law Protects Elderly Nursing Home Residents

Posted in Documentation & Reporting

A new law will soon take effect requiring nursing home employees to notify police within hours of suspected abuse – or to call 911 if the situation is an emergency. “Peggy’s Law” will provide additional protections to nursing home residents by ensuring that law enforcement is promptly notified of possible criminal abuse cases. Peggy’s Law… Continue Reading

Newspaper Highlights Problems with PA Nursing Homes

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues, Levels of Care, Nursing Home Information

Special kudos to the Reading Eagle on its recent series on nursing homes – in particular the editorial We Must Demand Better from Nursing Homes, Regulators, published on December 11, 2016. For those of us who work hard to hold nursing home corporations accountable when seniors are neglected, abused, seriously injured, or die, this series… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Gets Tough on Nursing Homes for Neglect, Lying and Unsanitary Conditions

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues, News

In recent news in Pennsylvania, the Office of the Attorney General is suing the nursing home chain, Golden Living Center, for allegations that they repeatedly refuse to meet its residents most basic needs. Further allegations reported by WPXI include falsifying records and lying to state inspectors. It looks like Pennsylvania is beginning to catch on… Continue Reading

False Nursing Home Staffing Levels Cause Families to Unwittingly Subject Residents to Poor Care

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues, Injuries, Levels of Care, Nursing Home Information

When deciding whether to place a loved-one into a nursing home, families attempt to determine whether the nursing home is capable of providing the necessary quality care. Most families visit the nursing home, as well as check the U.S. government’s Nursing Home Compare tool at Medicare.gov. Despite their efforts, some nursing homes have purposefully misrepresented… Continue Reading

New Article Slams Harborview Nursing Home for Rodents

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues, Levels of Care, Nursing Home Information

Harborview, a defendant in a case we took to trial last year, is back in the news.  During the trial, the ownership and management spoke of the facility in glowing terms – terms that were contradicted by state inspections and other testimony.  The article recounts rodent problems – and even chronicles a resident that bought… Continue Reading

Nursing Home Guilty of Abuse Pushes to Change Rules Limit Legal Exposure

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues

Many times, in the world of nursing home litigation and medical malpractice, you hear things like “caps on damages,” “tort reform,” of “medical review panels.”  These measures are presented as ways to “Stop the crisis!” or “Reign in out of control juries!”  The reality is, there is no crisis, juries are reasonable, and these measures… Continue Reading

Welcome Reform Measures to Correct Questionable Self Reporting Staffing Levels in Nursing Homes

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues, Levels of Care, Nursing Home Information

As an advocate in New Jersey  for nursing home residents, one of my greatest frustrations has been the lack of oversight for self reported staffing levels.  This has lead to an extraordinarily low incidence of short staffing citations – and worse yet, has allowed some understaffed facilities to crow over their lack of such citations…. Continue Reading

Non-Disparagement Clauses: Buying the Silence of Guardians

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues, Legislation, News, Nursing Home Information, Support & Resources

I’ve noticed in my practice a dangerous and burgeoning phenomenon. That is, the emergence of non-disparagement clauses for people who know the dangerous secrets of the worst of the worst long-term care facilities. I am finding that the vast majority of these clauses are found in assisted living facilities. These organizations appear to have very… Continue Reading

Water’s Edge Nursing Home and Liberty Royal Rehabilitation and Health Care Center on the CMS Special Focus Facility List

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues, News, Nursing Home Information

A very convenient tool for concerned families to evaluate nursing homes is the “Medicare Compare” website.  Included within this is a section that designates what are known as “Special Focus Facilities.”  A Special Focus Facility represents the bottom 1% or 2% of all nursing homes in the country which have demonstrated not only under-performance, but… Continue Reading

For-profit Nursing Homes Overcharging Medicare

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, News

For many years, we have been stating on this blog that one of the greatest sources of our healthcare crisis is Medicare Fraud. A recent article in The New York Times details the recent increase in this disturbing trend of for profit nursing homes not only over-billing Medicare, but actually altering the treatment of innocent residents – solely to increase their profit.

Falsification of Records

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, News, Protecting Your Rights

A nurse in Florida has been fired several times for the falsification of records and poor work performance, and yet was hired again to work with children at a hospital in St. Petersburg. Over the past 10 years, Bernard Moran was employed by Mease Countryside Hospital and Helen Ellis Memorial. Moran was fired from Mease after he faked his time sheets and collected $118,000 at the expense of the residents and the facility.

State Partnership Allows Nurses to Work in Several States, Despite Criminal Activity

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, News, Protecting Your Rights

I recently found a USA Today article that details how nurses can move from state to state and keep working in spite of incompetence and criminal activity. There is a compact among 24 states whereby a license obtained in a nurse’s home state allows access to work in the other compact states. But an investigation conducted by, ProPublica, the non-profit news organization, found that the pact also has allowed nurses with records of misconduct to put patients in jeopardy.

State Inspectors Continually Fail to Recognize Deficiencies in Nursing Homes Throughout the Country

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Nursing Home Information

According to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, the state agencies responsible for assessing whether or not nursing homes are compliant with quality standards continue to miss serious deficiencies in homes throughout the country. The report released by Senators Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) and Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin) brings to light a major disparity between the reports conducted by federal investigators and state examiners.

Importance of MDS Reports for Pressure Ulcers

Posted in Documentation & Reporting

During a recent deposition, the Administrator of a nursing home failed to understand the importance of accurately completing MDS reports. These are federally mandated status reports which are regularly completed by the nursing homes. It is the governments way of keeping an eye on, among other things, the rate of pressure ulcers in any given facility.