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Corporate Interests Outweigh Patient Safety

Posted in Levels of Care, News

A recent article in the Star Ledger, Stronger safeguards needed in N.J. hospitals, nursing homes, asks the questions, “Should corporate lobbyists decide whether safe equipment and procedures are needed if you or a loved one have to go to a hospital or nursing home? Or should health care professionals make those decisions?”

Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated

Posted in Elder Issues, Levels of Care, News, Nursing Home Information, Protecting Your Rights

I have had cases where a person suffers from a bed sore that is so large the spinal column is visible, and yet the cause of death listed on the death certificate states, “natural causes”, or “dementia”, or “Alzheimer’s”. While we may still pursue a claim to hold those responsible for the large and painful wound accountable, it is frustrating to the family that the bed sore is not listed on the death certificate.

How The Affordable Care Act & The Accountable Care Organizations Will Increase Quality Care at Nursing Homes and Hospitals

Posted in Legislation, Levels of Care, News

With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this nation has seen the beginning of a dramatic shift in both the delivery of healthcare and the means by which payment is made for medical services. Under the ACA, a new type of medical agency was created, known as Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). These entities are required to coordinate all levels of care in a fashion that is both more efficient and better focused on the provision of quality care

A New Way to Combat “Never Events”: Obama Administration May Penalize Nursing Homes That Unnecessarily Admit Patients to Hospitals

Posted in Injuries, Levels of Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently designated certain injuries in hospitals “never events” – or injuries that should not happen. These injuries include Stage III and IV bed sores and falls with fractures. The penalty to hospitals when these injuries happen is that CMS will not pay for treatment rendered for these injuries. The result is that many hospitals are reporting the incidence of these events has gone down, and in some places tremendously.

New Jersey Ranks Poorly On Long-term Nursing Care

Posted in Levels of Care, News

A recent article in The Bergen Record, New Jersey ranks poorly on long-term nursing care, discusses the fact that New Jersey nursing-home care is less affordable and patients are more likely to suffer bedsores or need trips to the hospital than in many other states. New Jersey ranked in the second tier of states — 22nd — for choice, affordability, quality of care and support for family members who take care of the elderly and disabled at home.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Now Publically Reports Safety Issues in Hospitals Including Bed Sores and Falls and Trauma

Posted in Levels of Care, News, Nursing Home Information

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made certain information regarding safety issues in hospitals public information. Data tracking “hospital acquired conditions” – injuries/conditions a patient suffers that they did not enter the hospital with – are now available to the public. They are serious conditions that if proper procedures are less likely to occur.

Elderly Abuse in Nursing Homes: Physical and Financial

Posted in Elder Issues, Injuries, Levels of Care, News

By now, most of us have heard of the tearful testimony of the great Mickey Rooney in Congress, on abuse and victimization of the elderly. Here is yet another story on how abuse of nursing home residents is not only physical, but often financial. In this case, Tanya Fredrick, the business office manager at Golden Living Center, was fired after police revealed that she had been stealing thousands of dollars from the center and residents.

Assault on Innocent Nursing Home Resident by Staff Member at Harborage Nursing Home in North Bergen, New Jersey

Posted in Levels of Care, News, Nursing Home Information, Protecting Your Rights

A disturbing recent story was released and ultimately televised involving an over-stressed nursing home employee who was caught on tape assaulting an innocent resident. No matter how difficult the job, harming an innocent senior is vicious and wholly worthy of the prosecution that this employee faces. It is imperative that nursing home owners carefully screen and supervise employees to prevent the needless harms that inevitably will ensue.

Nursing Home Risk Factors Identified – From Soap to Staffing

Posted in Levels of Care, News, Nursing Home Information

A recent study of nursing home risk factors conducted by the American College of Preventive Medicine shows that washing hands with soap and water is far more effective in preventing norovirus – a virus common in nursing homes characterized by vomiting and diarrhea – than using alcohol based solutions found in dispensers throughout most nursing homes and hospitals.

Protecting the Rights of Nursing Home Residents

Posted in Injuries, Levels of Care, Nursing Home Information

Many of our cases involve terrible injuries and death as a result of neglect, negligence and abuse, such as bed sores, hip fractures and assaults. However, many of our clients and their families also complain about living in nursing homes that are just bad – a lousy building, freezing in the winter, hot in the summer, residents not being changed and bathed, broken plumbing, roaches and rodents, uncaring staff, or not enough nurses or CNAs. After receiving complaints, the nursing home promises to fix these problems and don’t. What can someone do in these circumstances?

Pressure Ulcer Stages

Posted in Injuries, Levels of Care

Bed sores (also called pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers) can develop into severe wounds that can be fatal. Wounds can at times be so large that bones become exposed inviting infection. It is not uncommon for a family member not to see the bed sore until it is serious.

Better Care Saves Taxpayers Money

Posted in Levels of Care, News, Nursing Home Information

Here’s a great health care industry article that says the same thing that we’ve been saying on this blog for years: Spending more time and money on improving the care for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens is not only the right thing to do, but will actually save taxpayers money. This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation confirms that these type of improvements to long term care can save taxpayers BILLIONS of dollars each year.

Many Health Insurance Companies No Longer Willing to Pay for Treatment Related to Hospital Acquired Bedsores and other avoidable mistakes.

Posted in Injuries, Legislation, Levels of Care, News, Nursing Home Information

I recently wrote an article for the New Jersey Law Journal about the new Medicare Guidelines for Hospitals and Never Events. After some additional research, I have learned that many insurance companies agree that it is unfair for negligent hospitals to pass costs related to their mistakes along to others.

Independent Living Resident Dies After Unanswered Call for Help

Posted in Elder Issues, Injuries, Levels of Care, News

The Milwuakee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported this disturbing story. A woman died after bleeding to death when her emergency pull cord located in her “independent living” apartment went unanswered for four hours. Apparently the nurse aide who was working at the time shut off the sound alarm, disregarded a phone call from another resident who heard the alarm, and went back to watching television while the woman was bleeding to death.

California nursing home fined for alleged neglect in resident’s fatal fall and brain bleed

Posted in Injuries, Levels of Care, Nursing Home Information

Just because a doctor orders something for a resident in a nursing home, it does not mean it gets done – sometimes with lethal consequences. A California state investigator found that Pilgrim Haven Health Facility in Los Altos failed to install an electronic fall monitor as ordered by the resident’s doctor, and failed to make sure the resident’s walker was in reach.

Six Employees Arrested for Elderly Abuse at California Nursing Home

Posted in Elder Issues, Injuries, Levels of Care, Nursing Home Information, Protecting Your Rights

While resident abuse is shocking and disgraceful, there are times where behavior is simply unbelievable. Six employees were recently arrested at a facility where residents with dementia were covered from head to toe in ointment cream to make them slippery for the next shift as a practical joke.

Twenty-two Nursing Home Employees Arrested for Resident Abuse and Neglect

Posted in Levels of Care, News, Nursing Home Information

A recent Attorney General’s investigation using hidden cameras lead to the arrest of 22 nursing home health care workers for resident abuse and neglect. Examples included not turning and repositioning an immobile resident for an entire shift, not administering medications, not treating a bed sore, and not changing resident undergarments for long periods of time.

Petition In Support of Workers’ Demands Given to Avery Eisenreich and Mendel Gold, Executives at Omni Health System Nursing Homes

Posted in Levels of Care, News, Nursing Home Information

Leaders from Democracy for America, Blue Wave NJ and the Anakbayan Filipino Youth Group and other community groups collected over 3,600 signatures for a petition which was sent to the administrators of four area nursing homes in support of workers who have been in contract negotiations for nearly three years.

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: Understanding the Differences and Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

Posted in Levels of Care, Nursing Home Information

As a trial attorney for over twenty years and a litigator who has devoted his entire career to protecting the rights and safety of the elderly, I have seen a disturbing trend in recent years in the interplay of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As many are aware, when our loved ones’ health declines, families are faced with critical and emotionally heart wrenching choices.

Understaffing Causes Death in Nursing Home

Posted in Injuries, Levels of Care, News

An article out of Minneapolis, Minnesota last week reports of an 89-year old nursing home resident who, even with all of the proper precautions, died after a fatal fall. Despite a bed alarm, a motion sensor, a sound monitor and a perimeter mattress the resident fell in the middle of the night. Due to a severely understaffed wing, the resident died due to complications from the fall.