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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Many times I meet with families who were not told about medication changes or what a resident was prescribed. It is easy to know what a resident is prescribed. There is a document called a Medication Administration Record. Nursing home staff refer to this document as a MAR. It lists what a person is prescribed,… Continue Reading
It is surprising to hear long term care push the fiction that Medicare and Medicaid don’t pay enough with profits like this. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/extendicare-announces-2014-second-quarter-results-2014-08-06-1717337?reflink=MW_news_stmp
Lancaster ratings reveal that while some facilities have improved their standings, Golden Living is now one star and has been found to have a history of poor care.
In a disturbing case, the government has joined a civil lawsuit against a nursing home operator that was run so poorly, that the allegation is that the money Medicare and Medicaid paid for services was “effectively worthless.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
As reported recently, a New Jersey Labor Union recently narrowly avoided a strike. The article referenced three nursing homes – Manhattan View Nursing Home in Union City, Teaneck Nursing Center in Teaneck, and Amboy Care Center in Perth Amboy. All three are operated by Michael Konig.
Here is an article on the National Rating System for Nursing Homes. It is with mixed feelings that I can report on the new CMS ratings system for nursing homes.
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.