The U.S. Senate has introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at improving protections for nursing home residents from abuse or neglect in facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid. The PROTECTS act, which stands for Promote Responsible Oversight and Targeted Employee Background Check Transparency for Seniors, hopes to increase staffing quality levels according to WBFO News. The … Continue reading PROTECTS Act Seeks to Curb Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes
A recent report by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News has described new Medicare ratings reforms that will change the way that nursing home performance is scored. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced these changes in an effort to hold nursing homes more accountable for resident health and safety amongst the waves of abuse reports … Continue reading Medicare Ratings Reforms Seek to Mark Abusive Nursing Homes
On Sept. 12, a historic Miami nursing home fraud case concluded. Philip Esformes was sentenced to 20 years in prison for using his Miami nursing home to commit, as Law360 described it, “the largest health care fraud case” the U.S. Department of Justice had ever prosecuted. Philip Esformes was the owner and profiting party in … Continue reading Miami Nursing Home Fraud Jails Esformes for 20 Years
One of the largest Medicare fraud cases on record is currently underway in Florida, and it has assisted living facilities at its center. In 2016, FBI agents arrested Philip Esformes, owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing and assisted living facilities, Odette Barcha, former director of outreach programs at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, … Continue reading Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Case Focuses on Miami Nursing Homes
Two proposals in South Dakota aim to address a $42-million Medicaid funding shortfall that has closed nine nursing homes and could shut down more facilities in the coming months, according to Argus Leader. Legislation introduced by Rep. Steven McCleerey (D-Sisseton) proposes to bridge the funding gap with an infusion of $8 million in state money, matched … Continue reading Is South Dakota Facing A Nursing Home Funding Crisis?