Posts Tagged 'nursing homes'

Nursing Home Death Results in Criminal Charges

nursing home death results in criminal chargesThe death of a former Trump administration official’s father in a Philadelphia nursing home has resulted in criminal charges being filed against the licensed practical nurse who was responsible for his care. 30-year old Christann Gainey faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, neglect, and falsifying documents as a result of her actions during her April 13th shift at Cathedral Village; a Roxborough-area senior living facility. If convicted of ...

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Coumadin Use in Nursing Homes Under Scrutiny

coumadin use in nursing homes being examinedCoumadin has been a staple of the medical community for decades. As one of the most popular blood thinners on the market, the drug has been used by millions of patients. Doctors are learning, however, that no two patients react to the drug the same way. In fact, it may be (as one doctor put it) “the most dangerous drug in America.”

Nowhere is this becoming more evident than in our ...

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New Medicare Quality Initiative Announced by CMS

In a recent press release, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two major new initiatives that seek to improve the quality of care for Medicare patients. Recently, there has been criticism regarding the rating system in place for nursing homes, which allows sub-par institutions to receive five-star ratings based largely on self-reported data. A CMS press release from early October reports that one of the two main initiatives is to improve the breadth ...

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Medicare Ratings of Nursing Homes Found to Be Misleading and Lacking Regulation

For the past five years, Medicare has assigned ratings to nursing homes that reflect hotel style ratings. The star-based rating gives only one-fifth of the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes five stars. A recent examination by The New York Times revealed that in many cases these ratings are based on incomplete information and may be misleading or simply false.

The Medicare ratings are heavily relied upon by the public but were found to be largely ...

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Nursing Homes Show Lack of Safety Compliance

Despite heightened scrutiny of nursing home conditions in recent years, new data shows that many of these institutions are not complying with established safety standards in the industry. After an August 2013 deadline for sprinkler installation, data shows that 385 facilities in 39 states failed to meet safety requirements. This comes after a long history of nursing home fires, according to a recent Telegram.com article.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), manages nursing home ...

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Nursing Home Statistics Show Many Lack Proper Nurse Personnel

It has recently been brought to the public’s attention that many nursing homes are not being staffed with qualified registered nurses (RNs) at all times. Rather, some homes have RNs on duty for only a portion of the day in a setting where a life threatening crisis can happen at any hour. An article in The New York Times brings to light political uproar about a 1987 federal law which required that registered nurses only be ...

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