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Recent investigations into former governor Cuomo found that a sizable number of Covid-19 nursing home deaths had been under reported and excluded from the total number of deaths.

A New York assemblyman has said that the legislative body’s investigation of former governor Andrew Cuomo found that his administration provided misleading information about Covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes, according to a recent AP News report. The assembly’s inquiry reportedly confirmed earlier investigations by news organizations that found “gaps in the state’s statistical accounting of fatalities,” like its omission of “thousands” of Covid-19 deaths after residents were transferred from their nursing home facilities to local hospitals.  Continue reading

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Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has received over 90 citations since 2017 and has recently been placed on a list for failing to properly care for its residents.

Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has received 91 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to records accessed on November 12, 2021. It was recently placed on the “Special Focus Facility” list maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Syracuse nursing home facility’s citations resulted from a total of 17 surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not employ adequate measures to prevent falls. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must provide residents with adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents. A September 2021 citation found that Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a resident who “did not have a supervision plan in place to ensure safety during meals while receiving a mechanically altered diet.” The resident consequently “sustained several falls.” According to the citation, the nursing home did not thoroughly investigate the falls for the purpose of preventing further falls. The citation goes on to describe multiple instances during which the resident was eating in their room with no staff president, despite care instructions requiring supervision while eating. The citation describes these deficiencies as having the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of staff.

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Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been cited 66 times since 2017 for failing to properly care for patients’ pressure ulcers and for failing to take proper preventative measures to avoid any further injuries or infections.

Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has received 66 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to records accessed on November 12, 2021. It was recently placed on the “Special Focus Facility” list maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Livingston nursing home facility’s citations resulted from a total of eight surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not provide adequate pressure ulcer care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure residents receive a professional level of care and services to promote the healing of existing pressure ulcers and prevent the development of new pressure ulcers unless medically unavoidable. An April 2019 citation found that Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically states that the nursing home did not provide adequate interventions to prevent or promote the healing of a pressure ulcer on a resident’s coccyx. The citation describes the lack of interventions added to the resident’s care plan after the resident was documented as at risk for a pressure ulcer; a review found additionally that after an ulcer was documented, there was “no care plan for the necrotic wound and/or the wound infection.” In an interview, the facility’s Medical Director said “he was not aware that there were no wound care orders to promote healing of the pressure sore” and that the resident “received a substandard of care.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of all nursing staff. 

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A recent report has found that nursing homes across the country are vastly understaffed and they are not receiving citations for going against regulations.

A new report by the Long-Term Community Care Coalition has found that while insufficient staffing is a widespread problem in nursing homes, state nursing home surveyors rarely issue citations for it. The report, titled “Broken Promises,” analyzes nursing home citations from 2018 until 2020.  Continue reading

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Nursing homes are required to respect their patients and properly care for them but recent reports have shown that most facilities are not following these guidelines and are consistently violating patients’ rights and putting them at risk.

The Long-Term Community Care Coalition recently published the results of its analysis of nationwide nursing home citation data from 2018 to 2020. The organization’s report, titled “Broken Promises,” found that whereas Long-Term Care Ombudsmen receive complaints about resident rights violations more than most other violations, only 2% of citations during the period in question were for resident rights violations. Continue reading

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Recent data shows that more than 250,000 nursing home residents across the country have been given unnecessary antipsychotic drugs by staff in order to sedate the patients.

A recent analysis of federal nursing home citation data by the Long-Term Community Care Coalition found that nearly 20% of nursing home residents in the United States have been administered one or more antipsychotic medications, the unnecessary use of which are prohibited by federal law. That figure constitutes more than 250,000 nursing home residents.  Continue reading

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A recent report revealed that nursing homes across the country are rarely being cited for posing a threat to patients and failing to properly prevent and treat infections.

A new report by the Long-Term Community Care Coalition provides disconcerting revelations about the state of nursing home oversight in the US. According to the LTCCC’s analysis of nursing home citations issued from 2017 to 2020, the data suggests that regulators seldom classify deficient infection control practices as harmful to residents.  Continue reading

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A recent report found that over 90,000 nursing home patients across the country are suffering from pressure ulcers and local health departments are not issuing citations for staff failing to prevent and care for these open sores that could potentially be harmful to patients.

A new report by the Long Term Community Care Coalition reveals that nearly one in ten nursing home residents have unhealed pressure ulcers. According to data analyzed by the organization, 7.92% of nursing home residents in the United States, or approximately 92,000 people, are suffering from unhealed pressure ulcers. The LTCCC suggests that this figure is “likely a significant undercount, since studies have found that many nursing homes under-report these data.” Continue reading

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A recent report shares that federal data from nursing homes across the country has agencies mostly concerned about the use of antipsychotic drugs, failure to control infection, failure to prevent and properly care for pressure ulcers, and issues with insufficient staffing.

The Long-Term Community Care Coalition recently released a report analyzing federal data concerning the oversight of nursing home facilities across the country. The report draws high-level conclusions about nursing home surveys and enforcement actions taken by state, regional, and federal regulatory authorities. Specific enforcement areas concerned include antipsychotic drug use, infection control, pressure ulcer care, staffing issues, and resident rights. Continue reading

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The New York State Department of Health has proposed that they are drafting nursing home reforms to take place by January 2022 that would require facilities to make the necessary changes or face fines.

The New York State Department of Health, which oversees nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the state, has recently published proposed reform legislation for the nursing home industry, whose longstanding structural problems were starkly exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a recent summary of the bills on JDSupra notes, the Department of Health has not formally proposed the draft legislation, but it is planning to implement the below reforms at the beginning of next year.  Continue reading

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