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Imposter Nurse

Queen City News reported a scary story. Three separate nursing facilities in upstate South Carolina hired an unqualified woman to care for vulnerable adults.  Do they not care enough to check license and qualifications? How were all three tricked? The background check is simple and legally required. Campbell’s license was suspended in October 2020. The South

Criminal Neglect

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office arrested two caregivers neglecting to care for the wounds of two residents at Magnolia Manor-Spartanburg. The nursing home is part of the Fundamental family of companies. Fundamental Administrative Services and Fundamental Clinical and Operational Services manage and operate the facility owned by New York real estate multi-millionaire Murray

Public Health Emergency

The federal government will extend the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration until April. The declaration allows numerous waivers, enhanced funding and telehealth allowances. Waivers allow nursing homes to hire and retain temporary nurse aides without full certification. This helps with short-staffing. The health care industry approves of the declaration. American Health Care Association / National Center

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published policy statements on debt collection in the nursing home industry. See Federal Register. This is great news for families. The CFPB highlights “some of the difficulties and experiences heard from caregivers about being pursued over friends’ or family members’ alleged debts from nursing home facilities.” A Kaiser Family

Medical Marijuana

Maureen Meehan wrote an interesting article about a new marijuana study showing the benefits of cannabis. The University of Colorado Boulder did the study examining the effects of cannabis use in adults aged 60 to 88 with no history of alcohol or other substance use disorder. Results suggest that the use of whole-plant cannabis may

Garnishment

“It’s sad for the average lower-income person to have to struggle so hard and then they just come along and take it.” –Henrietta Goode GARNISHMENT Over three years, hospitals and medical facilities have garnished more than $390 million from South Carolinians. For months, WBTV has been reporting on how hospitals garnish patients’ money for unpaid bills.

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