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What Rights Do Ohio’s Nursing Home Residents Have?

Published on Jan 30, 2019 at 12:03 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Nursing home residents in Ohio have rights that protect their welfare. Unfortunately, sometimes their residencies don’t adhere to these rights, even though facilities are legally required to adhere to these rights at all times. If you’re in situation where you feel your loved one’s rights are being violated, you may have legal options. First, let’s find out what these resident rights are and what they mean exactly: 

Three-Fourths of Louisville Nursing Homes Facing Readmission Penalties

Published on Dec 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

A new Medicare payment program, Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program (SNF VBP), has penalized three-fourths of nursing home facilities in Kentucky. This program is part of an effort by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse medical providers based on the value or outcomes of the care they provide to patients.

The new program, which was created in 2014 by Congress, will impact payments made in federal fiscal 2019. It aims to encourage facilities to reduce hospital readmission rates by assigning facilities increases or reductions in Medicare payment based on the changes in how often skilled-nursing facility patients were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after being discharged to a nursing home facility.

Is Resident-on-Resident Abuse an Issue in a Nursing Home?

Published on Apr 10, 2018 at 2:36 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

It can be difficult when your loved one moves into a nursing home. While it can be an emotional time, you’re giving your loved one a home where they will be cared for and their quality of life will improve. You may worry about nursing home abuse, like staff mistreating or stealing from your loved one. But there’s another common form of abuse that you may not expect to look for: Resident-on-resident abuse.

If your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, you can seek legal representation for them. A Kentucky nursing home abuse attorney from Thomas Law Offices can help you fight for the rights of your loved one. Nursing home abuse is a terrible thing and your loved one deserves to live a peaceful and happy life.

Trump Administration Scales Back Nursing Home Safety Violation Fines

Published on Dec 29, 2017 at 11:54 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

Over the holiday weekend, the Trump administration scaled back the guidelines for issuing fines against nursing homes that violate safety and health regulations which aim to keep residents safe. This scaling back is part of a broader shift to “relax” various Medicare penalty protocols that was requested by the American Health Care Association, the main organization that speaks on behalf of the nursing home industry.

The organization argued that health and safety inspectors were too focused on finding wrongdoings at nursing homes instead of assisting the facilities themselves, but the violations and fines are a crucial part of ensuring that wrongdoings don’t happen at all—wrongdoings like neglect, abuse, and mistreatment that can endanger the lives of every resident.

8 Die in Florida Nursing Home Due to No Air Conditioning

Published on Sep 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

A disheartening news story made headlines in the New York Times yesterday after 8 nursing home residents were found dead in a Hollywood, Florida facility that was overwhelmingly hot without a working air conditioning system. The nursing home’s AC system was knocked out during Hurricane Irma and had not been fixed yet. The facility did have working power otherwise, however, which has raised several questions among city officials and the community.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills started sending residents to the nearest hospital early in the morning when residents began reaching critical health conditions. After the hospital received 3 residents from the same home, the staff members decided to investigate the nursing home personally and found conditions that were unsettling. The facility was reported as being almost unbearably hot. They went room to room, checking on residents—and found three dead in their beds.