Nursing Home Abuse: Bill Introduced To Permit Video Recording In Rooms

NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has introduced a bill (A-3883) on November 13, 2014 to permit video cameras and audio recorders in residents’ rooms to help prevent abuse and neglect by nursing home staff members.  The bill provides for visible or hidden devices.  The bill has a lot of requirements as to notification to the nursing home, roomate consent, posting of notices etc.. The bill would amend the Nursing Home Bill of Rights.

Only  5 states allow for these devices.  There is strong opposition by the nurisng home owners and unions.

To read more:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/nyregion/family-fights-health-care-system-for-simple-request-to-die-at-home.html

If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.  We represent clients throughout Northern New Jersey in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.

 

 

 

 

Today is Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has declared November 20th as National Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day.

 

Nursing Home Abuse: Understaffing of Nurses

There is a discrepancy as to the nursing staffing levels  between the data collected by Medicare and the self reporting by nursing homes on the government’s public website, Nursing Home Compare.   A new law was enacted that was supposed to base staffing on an accurate payroll method by March, 2012.  The implementation of this law has been delayed.  The study reported in this article finds that nursing home’s use the staffing levels during the two week time period before annual inspections, where staffing is beefed up because of the anticipated inspection, is not an accurate reflection of the actual staffing.  The academic studies have shown that lower levels of nursing care are associated with higher levels of injury and death.

 

 

 

 

 

To read more:  http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/11/12/16246/analysis-shows-widespread-discrepancies-staffing-levels-reported-nursing-homes

If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.  We represent clients throughout Northern New Jersey in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.

 

 

 

 

Nursing Home Abuse: Extendicare Pays 38 Million

On October 11, 2014, the New York Times reported that Extendicare  agreed to pay $38 million over claims of poor care.   The federal claims alleged that Extendicare inappropriately billed for physical therapy and provided such poor care to residents that it was effectively worthless.  It was the largest settlement in the Justice Department’s history involving a nursing home chain accused of providing substandard care to residents.  The Justice Department alleged that the care was so inadequate that some patients became malnourished and dehydrated and developed infections that led to unnecessary hospitalizations.

To read more:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/11/business/extendicare-agrees-to-pay-38-million-over-inadequate-nursing-home-care.html?_r=0

If you are looking for an elder abuse or  nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.  We represent clients throughout Northern New Jersey in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.

 

Elder Abuse By Home Health Care Aides

The family of a 99 year old Staten Island husband and father wanted him to live at home and spend his final years with dignity.  The family discovered, through use of videos obtained through cameras installed in the home, that the home-health aides that they depended on to provide 24 hour care, abused the man.  They found evidence of refusing to pick him up after he fell, watching him struggle to get to the walker and fall sustaining fractures and head injuries, pushing him etc..  The family has sued the home health care agency and the aides.

To read more:  http://www.silive.com/eastshore/index.ssf/2014/09/shocking_video_at_center_of_la.html

If you are looking for an elder abuse or  nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.  We represent clients throughout Northern New Jersey in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.

 

Nursing Home Abuse: Congress Seeks Briefing From Medicare Regarding “Five Star” Ratings

Washington, DC (Aug. 26, 2014)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a briefing to address serious concerns that some nursing home facilities are gaming CMS’s current “five-star” rating system to mislead consumers about the quality of care they provide.

To read more:  http://democrats.oversight.house.gov/press-releases/cummings-requests-briefing-on-nursing-homes-gaming-cms-rating-system/

If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.  We represent clients throughout Northern New Jersey in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.

Nursing Home Abuse: The New York Times Reports Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes To Game The System

On August 25, 2014, The New York Times published an extensive article on the issue that nursing homes are using Medicare five star ratings as a seal of approval when in reality , the nursing homes are providing Medicare with incomplete information that can seriously mislead consumers about the facility.  The article has examples  of nursing homes which advertise five star approval and have deficiencies for which there has  been lawsuits by residents’ families against the same facilities.

To read more:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/business/medicare-star-ratings-allow-nursing-homes-to-game-the-system.html?_r=0

If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.  We represent clients throughout Northern New Jersey in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.

Nursing Home Abuse: Lack of RN on Floor

On July 31, 2014, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky introduced a new bill, Put a Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act,  H.R. 5373.  This bill seeks to require that a nursing home, accepting Medicare and Medicaid payments, have a registered nurse (R.N.) on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It is the RNs’  job to assess residents’ conditions.  At present, the requirement for an RN is 8 hours a day so for 16 hours a day there is no one to assess changes in condition and maximize safety on admission an discharge.

Nursing Home Neglect: Boston Jury Awards $14 Million

A Boston jury awarded $14 M in a case where a  90 year old resident had a festering pressure sore on her back, acute appendicitis, a urinary tract infection so severe it had invaded her blood stream, kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetes, and severe dehydration.  She died a month after the conditions were discovered.

To read more:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/07/23/jury-awards-family-million-largest-payment-least-decade-for-danvers-nursing-home-negligence/MegSMngkSkDreQcQk5NHAN/story.html

If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.  We represent clients throughout Northern New Jersey in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.

Nursing Home Abuse: Owner Embezzled Funds

A Rhode Island nursing home owner embezzled funds and let the nursing homes fail.  The federal authorities have agreed to a $1.2 million settlement.

To read more:  http://www.mcknights.com/doj-approval-of-12-million-deal-ends-case-of-owner-who-used-nursing-homes-as-piggy-banks/article/339386/?DCMP=EMC-MCK_Daily&spMailingID=8213073&spUserID=NDg4NjkzNzMyMTIS1&spJobID=261949836&spReportId=MjYxOTQ5ODM2S0

If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.  We represent clients throughout Northern New Jersey in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.