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“Substantial Compliance”

Sexual Assault Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked as an investigative reporter and editorial writer at the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He wrote an article for Iowa Capital Dispatch about a bizarre ruling by an Iowa judge. Northgate Care Center of Waukon failed to keep a resident safe from sexual assaults. The

Neglected to Death

Boca News Now reported the tragic and preventable death of a nursing home resident. “The Encore at Boca Raton” Nursing and Rehabilitation neglected resident Rose Pohl until her wrongful death. A lawsuit claims that “failed to monitor Rose Pohl, and recognize significant signs and symptoms of change in her health condition, such as suffering the

Hidden Arbitration Clauses

Hidden Agreement ABC’s WAS11 had a great article about the inherent unfairness of hidden arbitration clauses in facility admission paperwork. The article explains what happened to Kelli Stein’s mother June Lee. But the same thing happens every day to thousands of residents. Stein wants to reveal a deceptive unfair practice among nursing homes that takes

Vaccination Data

Reporting Data Federal regulators released vaccination data for individual nursing homes on the CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Data website. Statistics for rates of vaccination among staff and residents should be current. Facilities must submit updated figures to avoid civil monetary penalties. Nursing homes will need to make major progress on resident and staff vaccine reporting

Investigate Private Equity

Private Equity Investors U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) is chairman of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee. He wrote a letter asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate the relationship between private equity investments and closed healthcare facilities. Private-equity has exploited the industry and siphoned taxpayer funds away from resident care. Pascrell cited increased surprise

Will the Industry Survive?

More Bailouts Federal government stimulus funding such as the CARES Act allowed the nursing home industry to survive during the pandemic. Occupancy rates fell to the lowest level since data have been collected. The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) states the rate is only 71.7%. Occupancy declined 13.3 percentage points since February

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