Category: Regulatory Oversight

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

Unreliable Data Source

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) demanded a review of Care Compare’s nursing home section and the data and information it provides, including the Five-Star Rating System. He is a frequent critic of the industry. He has been vocal since 2022 HHS Office of Inspector General’s report on psychotropic drug use in nursing homes. The Government Accountability Office recently

Need for Oversight

The failure of oversight and enforcement since the COVID pandemic has increased abuse and neglect. The Iowa Capital reported a backlog of investigations while vulnerable adults continue to get neglected and abused. Just recently, a EMS warned a family about a Facility after the 74-year-old died at the hospital after being found unconscious at Signature Healthcare

Certificate of Need

McKnight’s reported South Carolina’s lawmakers repealed the state’s certificate of need for healthcare facilities, except in the case of nursing homes. The bill sunsets certificates of need (CONs) in 2027 in all but eight counties that are currently without a hospital. In those areas, the CON will immediately disappear. Nursing homes still need to comply with

Failure to Report or Intentional cover-up?

The latest study showing the government’s continued failure to enforce safety regulations in the nation’s nursing homes is no surprise to those of us who have been fighting the systemic abuse and neglect for decades. Underreporting of abuse, falls and pressure ulcers in nursing homes is common place to avoid accountability and responsibility. For the

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