Five Common Reasons for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

People place their loved ones in nursing homes to ensure they are given the specialized care their family is not able to provide themselves. Unfortunately, nursing home residents are far too often the victims of abuse and neglect at the hands of their caretakers. It can be hard to grasp why the staff at nursing homes mistreat their residents. Based on previous cases, here are five common reasons commonly cited reasons for nursing home abuse and neglect:… Read the rest

Misdiagnosis by a Healthcare Provider Can Cause Real Harm

Medical malpractice can come in many forms, from surgical errors, to prescribing the wrong medication, or even causing additional injuries while attempting to repair an existing one. Sometimes, though, a doctor or other healthcare provider misses something or gets something wrong, resulting in misdiagnosis. However, even an honest mistake can result in real harm to patients, who rely on a doctor’s diagnosis to determine how their illnesses should be treated.… Read the rest

The Rewards and Risks of Telehealth Programs

While New York is already well into the process of phasing out its quarantine, the coronavirus remains a significant threat to public health, especially those with long-term health issues. To address these concerns, doctors have placed an increased emphasis on telehealth programs to allow them to speak with patients without needing to see them in person. However, with this increased emphasis on telehealth technology comes increased risks that both doctors and patients should be aware of.… Read the rest

NY Criticized for Placing Recovering COVID Patients in Nursing Homes

New York State has received substantial criticism for a controversial decision to move recovering coronavirus patients to nursing homes as a means of alleviating pressure on hospitals. According to the Associated Press, more than 4,500 patients recovering from COVID-19 were moved into nursing homes in New York State, due to a policy that has since been reversed by Governor Cuomo. The tally is a mere estimate however, as the New York State Department of Health has yet to release its own numbers.

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a highly infectious disease that has wreaked havoc on healthcare … Read the rest

State Legislators Call for Investigation of Nursing Home COVID Spread

New York has been hit harder by the coronavirus than any other state in America, with New York accounting for nearly a quarter of all coronavirus infections and deaths in the country. Nursing homes have been particularly badly hit, with a third of all coronavirus deaths across the United States occurring among nursing home residents and staff. Now, state legislators are calling for an investigation to find out why the virus has been so particularly devastating in nursing homes.… Read the rest

Immunity Law Shields NY Nursing Homes from Liability

At a time when the coronavirus is spreading throughout nursing homes and their residents are placed at high risk of infection, common sense would dictate it is more important than ever to hold nursing homes accountable for negligence. However, due to an executive order by Governor Cuomo and a provision in the recently passed budget bill granting immunity from coronavirus-related liability, it may be harder than ever to hold them liable for their negligence. This may come as a shock to anyone looking to sue a nursing home when their loved ones become ill.… Read the rest

Most Nursing Homes with Coronavirus Have History of Infections

In an analysis published by the Los Angeles Times, it was found that 89% of all nursing homes that have had coronavirus outbreaks in Los Angeles County had previously been cited for failing to observe anti-infection protocols. While not a surprising result, it is unfortunate for residents who are now infected and fighting for their lives against COVID-19. It also highlights the importance of infection control regulations in fighting outbreaks like the coronavirus.… Read the rest

DOJ Targets Skilled Nursing Facilities for FCA Violations

Every year, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announces its priorities, in part to inform the public about its activities, but also to put potential wrongdoers on notice that they will be under extra scrutiny. The announcement also is intended to make otherwise recalcitrant people comply with the law, which both protects the public and reduces the likelihood of getting targeted in an investigation. This year, among its other priorities, the DOJ has announced it will be focusing on violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) by skilled nursing facilities.… Read the rest

Coronavirus Spread Highlights Importance of Good Hygiene

With cases of coronavirus now appearing in the United States, there are increasing worries about the impact that the disease will have, particularly on children, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. While authorities are urging people not to panic, many Americans are concerned about the danger the coronavirus poses. The coronavirus highlights the importance of having medical institutions that follow proper protocol when it comes to maintaining good hygiene by their staff.… Read the rest

Nearly Three Quarters of Nursing Homes Are Understaffed

A recent study in the Journal of Health Affairs has estimated that as much as 75% of all nursing homes are significantly understaffed. The study compared the number of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nurse aides to the staffing requirements set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). What they found was that many nursing homes fell well below CMS requirements, often inflating their staffing numbers in government reports to save on their operational costs.… Read the rest