Tag Archives: nursing home abuse and neglect

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 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’  […]

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 […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Medicare Fraud and Hospice

An Illinois hospice executive was charged with federal healthcare fraud for elevating the level of care for hospice patients who resided in the nursing homes that he controlled.  The facts are that this executive trained nurses to look for signs that patients would qualify for general inpatient care which resulted in higher payments than routine […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Murder of Resident

A medical technician, who is terminally ill, has confessed to murdering a resident in 2007.  The authorities found no liability on the nursing home citing that the employee had a clean record and good references.  However, another nursing home employee noticed that the medical technician was behaving strangely the day before and that he had […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Identity Theft

An employee of a nursing home stole the residents’ identities and filed fraudulent income tax returns to reap the tax refunds.  She was sentenced to 27 years in prison. To read more:  http://www.mcknights.com/woman-gets-27-year-prison-sentence-for-stealing-nursing-home-residents-identities/article/330837/?DCMP=EMC-MCK_Daily&spMailingID=7821136&spUserID=NDg4NjkzNzMyMTIS1&spJobID=116731745&spReportId=MTE2NzMxNzQ1S0 If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New […]