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NYC Councilman Says Bipartisan Pressure Mounting for Probe of Cuomo’s “Backward” Nursing Home Order – FOX News

New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli told FOX News there are now bipartisan calls for an investigation of Governor Cuomo’s controversial order on March 25 that required nursing homes to accept or re-admit all COVID-19 positive patients. Borelli said that elected officials should be given some “leeway” in making hard decisions during difficult circumstances, but he added: “You don’t have Read More >>

Nursing Home COVID-19 Reporting Rules To Be Strengthened – NPR

The federal government will now require all U.S. nursing homes to disclose to residents and their families if staff or any other residents have contracted the coronavirus according to NPR. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says notification must come within the first 12 hours of a confirmed coronavirus case in a skilled nursing facility. Residents and families must be told Read More >>

Four Tips For Seniors To Stay Connected During Coronavirus Outbreak – PBS

Social engagement for older Americans is essential for their physical and mental well-being. But the COVID-19 pandemic makes that a challenge, which becomes even harder if they reside in a nursing home, or skilled nursing facility. Laurie Archibald-Pannone, a geriatrician at the University of Virginia offers tips for the elderly to stay connected in her article on The Conversation, re-published Read More >>

Elderly Woman’s Estate Awarded $400,000 For Fractured Hip Caused By Neglect At a Bronx Nursing Home

An elderly woman’s estate recently recovered $400,000 from a Bronx nursing home found liable for the negligence that caused her to fall and break her hip. The settlement was negotiated by the nursing home abuse attorneys at the law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP. “The facility’s staff failed to properly assess her as a fall risk when she first arrived and then failed again to sufficiently monitor Read More >>

“Elderly Woman’s Son Says His Mother’s Severe Facial Injuries Are From Nursing Home Abuse” – WABC-TV

An 86-year-old woman’s son suspects that her brutal facial injuries were caused by nursing home abuse in a New Jersey facility, according to a report from Toni Yates at WABC-TV. Benny Gomez says his mother suffered double fractures to her face, a broken nose and stitches.  The Westfield Center Nursing Care facility claims her injuries were the result of a fall.  But Gomez said that she told him Read More >>

Bedsores: An Early Sign of Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home

Families of nursing home residents beware: A recent federal study found that incidents of abuse in nursing home abuse doubled from 2013 to 2017. The Government Accountability Office analyzed sample data from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which ensures federal quality standards in nursing homes. The agency found that “abuse deficiencies” increased 103% from 430 incidents Read More >>

New Study: Alarming Staffing Gaps For Registered Nurses at Nursing Homes Increases Potential for Neglect and Medication Errors for Residents

A new study has found that an astounding 75% of the nation’s nursing homes fall short on registered nurse (RN) staffing, making residents more vulnerable to neglectful and potentially harmful situations such as medication errors. According to McKnight’s Long Term Care News, researchers from Harvard and Vanderbilt medical schools examined payroll records from 15,399 skilled nursing facilities. Read More >>

Investigations Raise Oversight Concerns at Surgery Centers

Ambulatory surgery centers perform millions of outpatient surgeries a year, most with little complication. However, new investigations are raising concerns about lax reporting and regulation at some of these centers. Routine procedures such as tonsillectomies or colonoscopies have resulted in devastating and sometimes fatal consequences for patients. You should know why this is happening and what Read More >>