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Medicare Reimbursements To Nursing Homes Will Increase By in 2015

August 7, 2014
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The long term care industry (nursing home industry) is high fiving each other because they successfully negotiated another $750 Million pay increase in 2015 from Medicare. This is the same industry that in the fiscal year 2012, Medicare paid $32.2 Billion (yes that is Billion with a capital B) for skilled nursing facility services.[1] According…

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Bill AB1572 Strengthens The Rights Of Residential Care Facility Residents

August 6, 2014
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AB1572 was just signed into law by Governor Brown. AB1572 strengthens the rights of RCFE residents and their families to form resident and family councils. Resident and family councils are a powerful tool to improve quality of life and care in RCFEs. This new legislation provides that two or more residents can now form a resident…

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The U.S. Government Releases Startling Statistics About Elder Abuse

August 5, 2014
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The U.S. Government recently published the Elder Justice Road Map Project in response to an emerging health, financial and social crisis. This initiative was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services. In the report, the Government identifies the human and economic toll that elder…

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Nursing Home Claims That Woman Died After Her Ventilator “Malfunctioned”

August 4, 2014
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In the latest nursing home death case, the Attorney General’s Office and the State Department of Health are investigating the death of a 71 year old woman in the ventilator unit at Medford Nursing Home where employees are already facing criminal charges in the death of another resident in the same unit. The spokesman for…

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Ensign Group Buys More California Nursing Homes

August 2, 2014
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Ensign Group, a parent company that owns skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation care facilities, home healthcare, hospice and assisted living facilities throughout California and other states, announced that it has agreed to purchase Keiro Senior Health Care’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This purchase will increase Ensign’s market share in the senior care industry. Ensign…

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Drugs And Medication Errors – An Epidemic Problem In Nursing Homes

August 1, 2014
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Recent news out of Florida cited to the fact that in the past three years, 43% of nursing homes have been cited for deficiencies directly or indirectly related to medication errors according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services data, which highlights the growing problem of medication errors in nursing homes across the country.…

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Nursing Home Employee Allegedly Punches 81 Year Old Resident

August 1, 2014
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The nursing home industry is making the news again and the latest story is evidence of a bigger problem: Nursing homes being understaffed for business profit leads to bad care, injuries and death. The latest case involves a nursing home in Rochester, New York where a staff member allegedly punched an 81 year old man…

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Whistleblower Appreciation Day

July 30, 2014
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In honor of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day (July 30th), we want to highlight the legislative safeguards and protections for patients, healthcare workers, nurses, members of medical staff make a complaint of suspected unsafe patient care and/or conditions. California Health & Safety Code Section 1278.5 makes it illegal for a health facility to discriminate or retaliate…

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Bed handles Found In Nursing Homes Are Recalled After Three Deaths

July 28, 2014
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and Bedhandles, Inc. announced the voluntary recall of over 110,000 adult portable bedhandles used in beds in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This recall was announced after three elderly women died after becoming entrapped between the mattress and their bedhandles due to a product defect where the…

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Nursing Home Blocks Sexual Assault Investigation

July 25, 2014
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A Volusia County nursing home located in Tallahassee, Florida is now blocking local law enforcement officials from investigating an alleged rape of one of its elderly female residents.  Last week, Daytona Beach Health & Rehabilitation Center and its parent company NHS Management impeded a criminal investigation after a 75 year old resident’s daughter reported that…

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