Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?

Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?Physical and Chemical Restraints Dangerous to Nursing Home Patients It is a common practice among nursing homes today to use restraints, both physical and chemical, to medically treat a patient.  Not all restraints are illegal, as there are proper as well as improper uses of restraints.  Restraints are…

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Can the Consumer Ever Win? Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Homes

Somewhere in your cell phone or credit card contract, buried in the fine print is a mandatory arbitration clause which waives your right to a jury trial and instead binds you to arbitration if there is ever a dispute.  You may not have known that you have waived your right to hold a corporation accountable…

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Choosing an Elder Care Facility

Elder Care Facilities – Which One is Right for You? Does your loved one need more care and supervision than you can provide at home?  Are you at a loss about what type of facility or home is appropriate for your Mom or Dad?  This blog is dedicated to describing the different types of homes…

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Understaffed Nursing Home Facilities

Elders residing in nursing care and residential care facilities often do not receive the care you would expect.  Many residents are abused or neglected.  They contract illnesses, suffer from untreated wounds that become infections, and in severe cases, they may die. One of the main causes of nursing home abuse and neglect is a direct…

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Nursing Home Chain Has Agreed to Settle for $38 Million with the DOJ

One of the largest nursing home chains, Extendicare Health Services, has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice following an investigation that identified many disturbing instances of substandard care including: falls, fractures, head injuries to residents, malnutrition, pressure sores and infections. In addition, the investigation found that Extendicare facilities admitted very sick residents without…

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Some Nursing Home Complaint Investigations Were Closed Inappropriately

A just released audit of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department concludes that the County inappropriately closed nursing home investigations and failed to follow State guidelines on prioritizing complaints.  The audit also found that even after nursing home inspectors found serious problems, their supervisors downgraded the severity of findings without any explanation or without…

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$6.5 Million Settlement for Medicaid Fraud At Adult Care Facility

An investigation, which included several undercover visits by a healthy and vibrant senior working on behalf of the New York Attorney General’s Office, revealed that an adult day health care facility was not providing services as represented in claims for payments to the federal government. The covert portion of the investigation captured on video two…

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Medicare Reimbursements To Nursing Homes Will Increase By in 2015

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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The OIG Criticizes California Nursing Home licensing Inspections

The Federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services again criticized the quality of California nursing home licensing inspections.  The Inspector General’s office found that the California licensing inspections cannot be counted on to identify violations of state nursing home standards.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

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Fines for Nursing Homes

Inadequate Care leading to Two Elderly Residents Dying In a Los Angeles Time article on June 11, 2009, it was reported that State officials recently fined two nursing homes in Orange County for providing inadequate care that led to the deaths of two residents. In late November 2008, an 82 year old woman was admitted…

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