Category Archives: Nursing Homes & ALFs

Lawsuit Alleges Nursing Home Group Kept Nurses in “Indentured Servitude”

McKnight’s Long Term Care News reports a class action lawsuit filed against SentosaCare, “New York’s largest for-profit nursing home group,” claims the company “kept more than 350 Filipino nurses in ‘indentured servitude’ and sued those who tried to quit.” The employee … Continue reading

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CMS Rescinds Ban on Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

McKnight’s Long Term Care News reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) dropped its appeal of a court decision blocking its ability to ban pre-dispute nursing home arbitration agreements. McKnight’s adds that the move “is being seen as a … Continue reading

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Trump Administration Moves to Impede Consumer Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes

Arbitration agreements (replacing the right to file suit) are almost always harmful to consumers and beneficial to businesses. This is true whether you’re dealing with a bank, credit card company, or nursing home. The New York Times has a good … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Industry Continues to Debate Arbitration Agreements

The Hill reports consumer groups are continuing their “last ditch effort to stop the Trump administration from stripping nursing home residents and their families of the right to take facilities to court over alleged abuse.” CMS has proposed removing Obama Administration-era … Continue reading

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Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Patient Contracts: What You Must Know

(Image source) Melody Johnson’s 83-year-old mother needed round-the-clock medical care as she suffered from high blood pressure, incontinence, and diabetes. Melody admitted her into a nursing home in Oklahoma in 2009. From a stack of almost a dozen admission papers, … Continue reading

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16 in Dallas Area Indicted in Medicare Hospice Scheme That Preyed on Most Vulnerable

These are allegations only at this point, but if true, this is a shameful story of medical professionals taking advantage of the most vulnerable senior citizens. Here are the opening paragraphs of an article in the Dallas Morning News: The owner … Continue reading

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HHS Issues New Rule Banning Arbitration Clauses in Contracts with Nursing Homes Receiving Federal Funds

The New York Times reports the Department of Health and Human Services “issued a rule that bars any nursing home or assisted-living facility that receives federal funding from inserting an arbitration clause into its contracts.” The article reports that the rule … Continue reading

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Texas Nursing Homes Prescribe More Antipsychotics Than Most States

An article in the Dallas Morning News was a bit disturbing. My own guess is that nursing homes in Texas are so understaffed that the patients have to be drugged in order for the employees to manage such a large … Continue reading

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Aging in Place for Seniors

MoneyGeek has an excellent resource page on aging in place for seniors. Check it out. Here are the opening paragraphs: Many people are increasingly opting to live out their years in the comfort of their own home, perhaps with help … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Therapy Provider Settles Whistleblower Suit for $125 Million

The AP reports from Boston that federal prosecutors “say the nation’s largest nursing home rehabilitation therapy provider has agreed to pay $125 million to resolve a lawsuit that alleged it knowingly had nursing homes submit false Medicare claims.” The Boston US Attorney’s … Continue reading

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