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
Acquiring continuing care–in a community setting–requires a major financial investment by both the consumer and the provider. For the consumer, doing so may involve spending most or all of a lifetime of savings; and for the provider, delivering promised services during the resident’s stay requires sound financial and actuarial management. The following will assist consumers or potential residents in considering Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC).
Continue Reading Stark & Stark Spotlight on Continuing Care Retirement Communities
The second edition of the State Long-Term services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard (2014), sponsored, in part, by the AARP, assigned New Jersey a 26th, and Pennsylvania a 42nd, overall ranking based on performance across twenty-six indicators, grouped into five dimensions, which include (1) affordability and access, (2) choice of setting and provider, (3) quality of life and quality of care, (4) support for family caregivers, and (5) effective transitions.
Continue Reading New Jersey and Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Have Plenty of Room for Improvement
Shortly after Lexington took over this nursing home, plans were made to cut wages of important healthcare providers by as much as 40%. This represents a true danger to those residents. For more information, read here.
Continue Reading Boston Nursing Home Cuts Wages of Workers
A recent blog article in the New York Times discussed the fact that in some nursing homes, due to short staffing, many residents are not receiving the proper oral care.
Continue Reading Overworked Aides Can Overlook Dental Care with Catastrophic Results
I recently wrote an article for the New Jersey Law Journal discussing the shortfalls of some Assisted Living Facilities.
Continue Reading Ugly Side of Assisted Living Exposed on Frontline Documentary
If you are currently faced with placing a loved one in a nursing home or rehabilitation center, it is critical to obtain as much information as possible on the facility. This can be challenging when the residency is sudden or not expected – for example if mom or dad has a fall at home and is injured.
Continue Reading Researching Nursing Home Ratings and State Inspections
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.”…
Continue Reading Department of Justice Joins Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Operator
Though we’ve always known that poor staffing leads to falls and pressure ulcers, new research shows that Norovirus is also causally linked to poorly staffed nursing homes. The Journal for the American Medical Association recently published these findings and they are summarized in an article by Dr. Jeffry Levine.
Continue Reading Residents Deserve Better Staffing
Ask any family member caring for an elderly parent with dementia about the number of medications prescribed and it’s likely to be quite a few. It is important to know what someone is prescribed and what for. A new study shows that roughly 20% of medications are prescribed “off label”. You can read an article discussing the study here.
Continue Reading New Study Shows Many People Unknowingly Receiving Medications For “Off Label” Uses