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How Nursing Homes Hide Problems and Endanger Patients

Workers in Indiana’s nursing home industry often find themselves under intense pressure because the state has some of the lowest staffing levels in the entire country. That pressure is expressed in confidential interviews with state health inspectors. It can lead some to lie or falsify records when things go wrong.

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Nursing Homes Flagged for Abuse and Neglect

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has flagged more than 50 nursing homes in North and South Carolina, in recent months for past abuse and neglect. The allegations range from sexual abuse to a maggot infestation inside a resident's wound, according to federal inspection records. The warning, a red circle with a hand inside, is part of an effort by the federal government to better alert the public before a loved one is placed in a nursing home.The rolling alerts, that went in…

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Washington Nursing Home Coronavirus Deaths May Be Higher Than Reported

According to a Washington news station, the number of deaths linked to coronavirus in Washington state could be even higher than previously announced based on figures released by the nursing home at the center of the region's outbreak.At the time of the article publication, Trump stated he was ‘not concerned’ as coronavirus cases rise in DC area. Officials in Washington, D.C., say a man in his 50s has tested positive for coronavirus, marking the first confirmed case in the nation…

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Nursing Home to Pay $15.4 Million in Case

A Pennsylvania-based nursing home has agreed to pay more than $15.4 million to resolve mounting allegations of over billing for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services. The Department of Justice said that the False Claims Act allegations involved over billing Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program from 2011 through 2017.The company was accused of having multiple facilities throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio bill for patients at the highest level of…

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Protocols Put in Place in Hospitals and Nursing Home Facilities

A recent article by the Gazette-Journal for Matthews and Gloucester counties on March 13, 2020, states that hospitals and nursing homes have begun to put in protocols concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus continues to spread in the commonwealth and Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency. Riverside Health System announced its limited visitationpolicy at its hospitals, emergency departments, outpatient clinics, and lifelonghealth residential facilities.

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Illinois Fine Nursing Homes Over Fall

Two Illinois nursing homes were  fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health after one resident was injured and another died, according to the department’s quarterly report. Aperion Care Jacksonville, a 113-bed skilled care facility at 1021 N. Church St., was fined $25,000 for failure to provide supervision and implement intervention for a resident to prevent multiple falls, according to the state.

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Colorado Springs Nursing Home License Suspended After Death

Colorado health officials have suspended the Union Printers Home license, forcing about 115 residents at the Colorado Springs nursing home and assisted living facility to relocate in the spring. The suspension came after recent revelation forced the Colorado Department of Health and Environment received a complaint about a female resident's death at the nursing home, 101 S. Union Blvd., last week, said Peter Myers, public information officer for the health department’s Health Facilitie…

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Veteran Affairs Locks Down Nursing Homes to Prevent COVID-19 Infections

The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken the steps of banning visitors from it's spinal cord injury wards and over one hundred nursing homes, except for close family members of dying veterans. All Veteran Affairs medical facilities began screening for COVID-19 and many have started limiting the number of visitors or barring children under the age of 18, and in some cases, 16, from medical campuses. But on Tuesday, the department announced that its nursing homes, also called community liv…

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North Carolina Nursing Homes Fagged for Past Abuse and Neglect

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has flagged more than 50 nursing homes in North and South Carolina for past abuse and neglect. The allegations range from sexual abuse to a maggot infestation inside a resident's wound, according to federal inspection records.From now on, when you use the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' online Nursing Home Compare tool, you'll find a new icon next to nursing homes with a history of abuse or neglect. The warning, a red circle …

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Crisis in Nursing Homes May Have One Thing in Common

A news team from Post Falls, Idaho recently reported that in the last week, in our region there has been three nursing homes under investigation. The worst of it, at the Life Care Center in Post Falls.KHQ uncovered 250 pages of an abuse and neglect investigation at the Life Care Center in Post Falls, from an anonymous tip Monday. The documents show a low number of staffing could have had an impact on the abuse and neglect that happened there.In one instance, on November 1st, 2019, a patient was …

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