Category: Regulatory Oversight

SC Ranks Last

This story first appeared in the SC Daily Gazette. A mew report published by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging shows a lack of investigation and enforcement by regulatory agencies over the long-term care industry. Vulnerable adults are being abused and neglected and the government does nothing to deter the conduct. The report mentions South Carolina as one

Wrongful Termination

Kandus Jellison is a certified nursing assistant. She sued her former employer for wrongful termination. The lawsuit alleges that supervisors at Oakwood Specialty Care failed to care for a resident’s wellbeing after a fall, and denied his rights to participate in his care and contact anyone he wished. She was wrongly fired for disputing a

CMS and Transparency

CMS will finally require nursing home owners and operators to disclose details about related entities and ownership structures. For decades, the industry was allowed to siphon taxpayer funds to shell companies providing worthless services. The rule includes and defines both private equity and real estate investment trust owners. CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said in a

Neglect and Abuse Ignored

WECT reported the problems in North Carolina nursing homes. Complaints are not investigated. Neglect is tolerated. North Carolina nursing homes are short-staffed but so are state inspectors for nursing homes. North Carolina has 420 nursing homes but only 97 inspectors to investigate abuse and neglect or respond to complaints. Of the 97 inspectors, 15% go

Corporate Liability Shields

Apple reported the tragic consequences and injustice of federal preemption. The doctrine of federal preemption allows corporations to get away with unsafe practices and products. For example, Merck’s best-selling asthma medicine, Singulair, has been linked for years to suicides and psychiatric problems, especially in children. However, lawsuits over the drug are blocked by one of Corporate

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