June 25, 2017
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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

With nursing home neglect and abuse occurring with alarming frequency in Indiana and across the United States, the nursing home companies to whom families entrust their loved ones should be closely examining who they are putting in charge of taking care of the vulnerable patients for whom they are responsible. Unfortunately, the evidence shows they … Read more

Too little is being done to combat nursing home neglect in Indiana.  Here is a startling fact:  the nursing home industry in Indiana (though quite profitable), holds the dubious distinction of providing the worst care in the United States.  According to the U.S. Office of Accountability, Indiana has more ‘poor performing’ nursing homes than any other … Read more

Nursing home neglect in Indiana’s nursing homes has been identified by the U.S. Office of Accountability as a serious and significant issue.  According to the report, Indiana has more ‘poor performing’ nursing homes than any other state in the U.S.  The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) found only 57 of Indiana’s 500-plus … Read more

According to a January 16, 2011 report by the Journal Gazette, the Fort Wayne nursing home facilities of Riverbend Health Care Center and Covington Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center received the lowest star rating of ‘one star’ given by Medicare.gov’s nursing home comparison system.  The ratings represent how a facility performs compared to other certified … Read more