Nursing Home Negligence

Hospital Acquired Infections. Super Bugs Get More…Um, Super.

Sources: NPR (National Public Radio); US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WE'VE blogged about MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (cancomycin Resistant Enterococcus) and C-Diff (Clostridium difficile).  Get ready to add another nasty super bug to the list -CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae). Federal officials warn that the newest kid on the block has become a significant health problem [...]

Novel Approach, Say You’re Sorry.

Sources: sorry works! coalition; Healthcare Providers Insurance Exchange; National Institutes of Health; National Institute of Medicine It seems obvious to most of us but the importance of making an early an honest disclosure to a patient could mean the difference between no litigation at all or an expedient an amicable settlement.  Contrast that with the lack of [...]

Medicaid Cuts to Impact Nursing Home Care in NJ?

Source: The Record This Summer, New Jersey officials voted to move to a reimbursement system that would allow homes that care for the patients with greater medical needs to be paid at a higher daily Medicaid reimbursement rate.  However the negative impact upon revenues for homes which care for healthy patients prompted a slow adoption process.  [...]

Nursing Homes Over Medicating Patients?

Source: NY Daily News; Eli Lilly & Co. According to Audits conducted on Nursing Home Facilities in the United States, elderly patients with dementia are too often prescribed anti-psychotic drugs to calm disruptive behavior.  The Senate Committe on Aging is apparently having hearings on this issue.  Health and Human Services Inspector General, Daniel Levinson has [...]

Nursing Home Update

Civil Suits Uncover Nursing Home Abuse Civil suits help uncover abuses by nursing home and insurance companies. Where regulatory and legislative bodies have been unable to cope with this distressing rise of neglect and abuse of our elderly, the civil justice system has stepped into the breach. A report, “Standing Up for Seniors: How the [...]

Nursing Home Care and Pressure (bed) Sores

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In 2004 a National Survey was conducted of Nursing homes in the U.S.  Unfortunately this is the most recent comprehensive study of its type.  Among the Data from the National Nursing Home Survey, 2004 was the following: In 2004, about 159,000 current U.S. nursing home residents (11%) [...]