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MA Department of Public Health Acknowledges Delays Investigating Nursing Home Complaints

Shira Schoenberg - Sep 11, 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has acknowledged that it was not investigating complaints about nursing home care quickly enough for two years due to a lack of staffing. The acknowledgement came in an audit by state Auditor Suzanne Bump, which faulted DPH for not conducting investigations in a timely manner. Bump’s office reviewed 200 cases involving complaints that...

Mannford Nursing Home Workers Accused Of Patient Abuse

Tess Maune - Sep 6, 2019

Mannford police are investigating what the police chief calls a disturbing case of nursing home abuse.   Police Chief Lucky Miller says his department received a tip that some caretakers at the Cimarron Pointe Nursing Home were abusing patients in their care.   Miller says the abuse was reported to the Department of Human Services through email on May 20, 2019. But Miller says his...

Feds: New York Should Improve Nursing-Home Oversight

Bethany Bump - Aug 28, 2019

Federal regulators say New York needs to do more to ensure nursing homes are protecting residents after an audit revealed numerous deficiencies in areas related to the safety of residents and emergency preparedness.   The audit was conducted early last year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, as part of a larger effort to see if states are...

123 Have Unexpectedly Died in Nursing Homes, but Arizona Still Gives Them Top grades

Ethan Millman, Molly Stellino, Erica Block and Megan Boyanton - Aug 24, 2019

For Curtis Simmons, it was to have been a short rehab stay at the Arizona State Veteran Home in 2015 after routine back surgery. But his daughter Lauren found him groggy, and said the staff seemed uncertain about what medications they’d given him. Soon after, on Christmas Eve, the 65-year-old Vietnam veteran was dead — the direct result of a high dose of morphine, according to...

State: Rastelle Manor ALF in Daytona Beach Must Find New Owners or Close

Nikki Ross - Aug 15, 2019

Over the past five years, the Rastelle Manor assisted-living facility on Ridgewood Avenue has racked up $36,000 in fines from the state and has been cited for multiple deficiencies and complaints. In July, it all caught up with the facility’s owners. Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, which is responsible for the licensing and regulation of Florida’s Health...
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