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Category: Regulatory enforcement

Wrongful Evictions

Unsafe Discharges Skilled Nursing News reported that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will investigate wrongful evictions and unsafe discharges. OIG’s formal work plan includes a probe into unplanned discharges. “A facility-initiated transfer or discharge of a resident from a nursing home can be an unsafe and

Future of Long Term Care

The New York Times had an interesting article about the emergence of nursing homes replacing hospitals in providing basic medical care.  Certain procedures and treatments require hospital admission, of course. But “the push is to reduce unnecessary hospitalization for things that can be handled in skilled nursing facilities,” said David Siskind, the medical director at

“Dozens of Questionable Deaths”

Kenny Malone at NPR had a great article on the suspicious deaths at care homes in Florida.  “In Florida, state regulators are failing to protect residents of assisted living facilities, according to an investigation by The Miami Herald and NPR member station WLRN.”   Their analysis of records discovered dozens of questionable deaths in assisted living facilities.

“Special Focus Facilities”

The AP had an article about the federal program that identifies problem nursing homes.  The program brings extra scrutiny to poorly performing nursing homes but leaves out hundreds of troubled facilities, investigators report.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identifies up to 136 nursing homes as “special focus facilities” subject to more frequent inspections because of

Nursing home loses funding because of neglect

Here is an article about a nursing home in Arizona losing its Medicare and Medicaid funding because of patient neglect.   This action is the only one the multi-chain corporation understand.  Government oversight must be increased and serious consequences of neglect must be felt by the corporations. Some Evergreen Foothills Health and Rehabilitation Center residents would have to be

Review of nursing home fines in Iowa

Clark Kauffman, staff writer for DesMoines Register wrote the following review of recent nursing home fines in Iowa. Clearview Home, Mount Ayr: A nurse aide was improperly transferring a resident who had a long-standing, serious head injury when the two lost their balance and the resident fell face-first to the floor. The resident was treated at a

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