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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

On June 15th, we celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day raises awareness of the forms of elder abuse and resources available to those at risk. An estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans experience elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The Justice Department holds many programs and initiatives that work to

Resident Identity Theft

Safe staffing means sufficient in number and in quality and supervision. WREX reported a nursing home Certified Nurse Aide arrested for identity theft. She was charged with access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and possession of five or more identification documents which Hill obtained while working as a CNA Markeisha A. Hill worked at University

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

The General Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP), sharing findings from interviews with five selected state LTC Ombudsman Programs, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and various stakeholders. The GAO reviewers also looked at ombudsman data from the National Ombudsman Reporting System for fiscal years 2019 – 2022.

CMS Star Rating Now

A 14 News article by Caroline Klapp examined the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) scores for nursing homes, and how well they really assess the quality of a facility. Overall, it appears the CMS ratings are a useful tool to evaluate nursing homes, but their scores should not be taken to be infallible.

CMS Data

Skilled Nursing News reported industry apologists complaining about data on nursing homes on CMS.gov. Marc Zimmet, president of Zimmet Healthcare Services Group, is a well known industry apologist who defends nursing homes in civil litigation after the neglect and abuse of vulnerable adults caused by unsafe staffing and siphoning of taxpayer funds. He argues that

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