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Care suffers as more nursing homes feed money into corporate webs

Care suffers as more nursing homes feed money into corporate webs

A Kaiser Health News analysis reveals that nursing homes that outsource services to related organizations tend to have fewer nurses and aides per patient, they have higher rates of patient injuries and unsafe practices, and they are the subject of complaints almost twice as often as independent homes.

January 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing home disaster plans often faulted as ‘paper tigers’

Nursing home disaster plans often faulted as ‘paper tigers’

Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston. But those homes rarely face severe reprimands, records show, even when inspectors identify repeated lapses.

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Largest Assisted Living Chain In U.S. Sued For Poor Care Of Elderly

Largest Assisted Living Chain In U.S. Sued For Poor Care Of Elderly

Lawsuit alleges residents were “ left without assistance for hours after falling, they are given the wrong medications, they are denied clean clothing, showers, and nutritious food, and they are left in their own waste for long periods of time.”

September 7, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits like home services would likely be first to go if states face budget troubles.

July 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

While special focus status is one of the federal government’s strictest forms of oversight, nursing homes that were forced to undergo such scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care. Of 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, 52 percent have since harmed patients or put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on Snapchat

Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on Snapchat

In the last year alone, employees of at least 18 nursing homes and assisted living facilities have posted unauthorized — and in some cases, vulgar and stomach-turning — photos and videos of residents on Snapchat and other social media platforms

June 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

AARP: States lag in keeping Medicaid enrollees out of nursing homes

States are making tepid progress helping millions of elderly and disabled people on Medicaid avoid costly nursing home care by arranging home or community services for them instead, according to an AARP report released Wednesday.

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
New rule protects consumers from unintentional long-term care policy lapses

New rule protects consumers from unintentional long-term care policy lapses

By Mike Kreidler Washington State Insurance Commissioner This week, we adopted a rule that affects consumers who have long-term care insurance policies and their families. If you are not familiar with long-term care insurance, it pays for the polcyholder to stay in a long-term care facility when their health meets certain criteria. Many consumers purchase […]

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More