October 22, 2017
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As Hoosiers, we want to believe that when we and our loved ones should need it, we will receive safe, quality healthcare.  However, many may not know that  Indiana holds the dubious distinction of ranking among the worst states in the U.S. in terms of overall healthcare quality and patient safety.   This unfortunate finding was … Read more

Why Is The Nursing Home Industry Hiring Convicted Criminals To Care For Our Elders?

If Concerned About Abuse and Neglect, Why Is The Nursing Home Industry Hiring Convicted Criminals To Care For Our Elders?   A society is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.  This truth has been stated in many ways over the years by religious leaders, scholars, and others, but the core … Read more

Four Indiana Nursing Home Employees Charged In Case of Neglect and Abuse

In what appears to be yet another example of Indiana nursing home neglect and abuse, various news outlets have reported that four employees of the Providence Home Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana were arrested Monday in connection with battery and neglect of a dementia patient.  The warrants charging them with felony battery and neglect … Read more

Indiana Nurse Arrested on Nursing Home Theft Charges

As reported by Stacy Page Online and the South Bend Tribune, a nurse at an Indiana nursing home was arrested for allegedly stealing from the nursing home’s patients. The charges of theft arose after a resident of Miller’s Merry Manor in Plymouth discovered a credit card missing.  Indiana State police investigating the theft were able … Read more

INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT:  NURSING HOME INDUSTRY CHEATS TAXPAYERS OUT OF $1.5 BILLION… IN JUST ONE YEAR

If you pay taxes, you should take note of a recently released report by the the U.S. Inspector General about the improper Medicare billing practices by U.S. nursing homes.   In its report, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”)  describes identifying in recent years that U.S. nursing homes have been submitting inaccurate, medically unnecessary, and “fraudulent” … Read more

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. and RehabCare Group, Inc. Sued In Connection with Nursing Home Medicare Fraud Investigation

While we would like to think that health care corporations would at all times act in their patients’ best interests, the reality is that all too often their business practices favor their profits over the safety, care, and well being of their patients. Just last week, Bethany Lutheran Home, Inc., a nursing home business, filed … Read more

Indiana nursing homes have for some time now been recognized as the worst in the nation.  For example, in 2009 the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that Indiana had the “greatest number of the ‘most poorly performing’ nursing homes in the nation…”#  Unfortunately, too little is done to publicly inform the public of the neglect … Read more

It was reported this week that a 77-year old Indiana resident of the South Shore Health and Rehabilitation Facility died after an attack by another resident.  Diane Parkinson died on Sunday, March 11th, five days after being struck by a 75-year old resident.  Gary Police Cpl. Gabrielle King says that witnesses told police that Parkinson … Read more

A recent study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco concluded that consumers considering a nursing home should also ask ‘who owns this place’?  The study found that among the nation’s 10 largest for-profit nursing home chains the quality of care delivered to patients was significantly lower than their non-for-profit counterparts.  The main reason: staffing … Read more

Indiana state senator Patricia Miller has proposed legislation that would require nursing homes to call the nearest medical emergency team to respond in urgent situations. The proposed legislation, Indiana Senate Bill 0224,  is in response to news coverage  last year regarding the untimely death of Barbara Parcel, who was a victim of her nursing home’s … Read more