Category: Regulatory enforcement

South Carolina COVID Update

Lindsey Graham The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) analysis shows that the vast majority of recent COVID-19 cases (86%) remain among unvaccinated individuals. The state is currently ranked 41st in the nation for percentage of citizens vaccinated. South Carolina averages almost 2000 new hospitalizations a day. Lindsey Graham is the senior

Omitted Deaths

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study showing nursing homes hid thousands of COVID deaths. They omitted deaths before the federal government required reporting the number of deaths.  The study estimated the count is missing 12% of cases. The industry omitted 14% of deaths among nursing home residents in 2020. However, cases and

Per Day Fines Return

Trump implemented a policy to limit financial penalties for nursing home violations for the last four years. These violations include abuse and neglect that caused repeated harms and injuries. The policy restricted monetary fines for violations to a maximum one-time amount of $22,320 — even if the violation had continued for months. This is not

Change is Coming

I often write about sad and depressing news stories but lately there has been some good news. Maybe a change is coming. Economy In July, employers added almost a million jobs! Unemployment fell to 5.4%. Average hourly wages increased–4% higher than they were a year ago. The recovery is on its way. But we need

False Claims Act

The Department of Justice published a press release confirming another False Claims Act settlement. This one involved Lopez Scott who operated Turning Points Residential Care facility. The Court sentenced Scott to two years in prison for defrauding the Virginia Medicaid program. He submitted over $188,000 in false claims. Raj Parekh is the Acting U.S. Attorney

Penalties = Deterrence

National Center for Seniors Housing & Care released a new analysis showing CMS collects more money for penalties. The per-incident penalties increased more than eight-fold from 2016 to 2020, prior to the pandemic. CMS increased collection of per-incident penalties after updating the federal safety guidelines in 2017. The agency collected less than $5 million in total per-incident

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