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False Records

Nursing home pays $2.2 million to settle lawsuit involving falsified records, cover up

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 25, 2014

A nursing home in New Rochelle, New York, allegedly submitted more than 62,000 false claims to authorities over a four-year period has been forced to return $2.2 million to Medicaid, according to the Washington Examiner. By settling to the False Claims suit, the nursing home, Glen Island Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, absorbed responsibility for charges that included falsely representing the degree of care required by residents and exaggerating the severity of the treatments of other residents, according to the Washington Examiner.… Read More →

TOPICS:   False Records, Neglect

Nursing home agrees to $2.2 million settlement in case of false documentation

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 14, 2014

A New York state-based nursing home operator agreed to a $2.2 million settlement last month after an employee said her name was forged on patient review documents that falsely stated particular services were provided to patients. The documents asserted that services such as suction oxygen treatments and cancer care were performed at the Glen Island Center for Nursing and Rehab in New Rochelle, NY, which is just north of New York City. Glen Island is operated by Ralex Services Inc.… Read More →

Minnesota Department of Health Cites Presbyterian Homes for Neglecting its Resident

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 8, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has posted its investigation of neglect concerns at Presbyterian Homes nursing home in Bloomington, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that the resident was not adequately monitored and her call light was not answered timely when the resident was short of breath, anxious, and had been given extra diuretic medication for a weight gain in two days. The resident was later found unresponsive and not breathing and attempts to resuscitate her… Read More →

Additional Details About Extendicare’s Park Health and Rehab Center Nursing Home

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 23, 2014

I was just looking into some information about the Park Health and Rehab Center nursing home, which is located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  I came across four recent investigations of the facility by the Minnesota Department of Health.  Here’s what they are about: One case investigated the following allegation: “It is alleged that a resident’s rights were violated when police were called to the facility to assist with a physically aggressive resident and the resident was later tased by the police.… Read More →

Cedar Crest Estate Assisted Living Facility Neglects Resident and Falsify Record

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 18, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Cedar Crest Estate assisted living facility in Hutchinson, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that Cedar Crest Estate failed to properly supervise one of its residents. The Department investigated the matter and found that the resident, who has a high risk for elopement, was found by the State Patrol on a road about two miles from the facility.  The resident was on… Read More →

Poor Dental Care in Nursing Homes is Epidemic and Fatal Problem

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 11, 2013

A Minneapolis Star Tribune article today reports on the prevalence of poor dental care in nursing homes.  The article reveals that nursing home residents “suffer from cavities, gum disease and cracked teeth, in part because their mouths are not kept clean.”  The report warns: “While residents now require more dental care than in the past, nursing home employees are rarely prepared to provide it.” The Star Tribune article quotes the head of Boston University’s department of general dentistry, who advises: “I always… Read More →

Nursing Home Aide Charged with Manslaughter

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 2, 2013

The Hudson Independent reports that a nursing home aide was charged last month with felony manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for the 2012 death of an 86-year-old female resident.  The nurse aide at Tarrytown Hall Care Center, could face up to 15 years in state prison if convicted. “Because of this aide’s disregard of basic safety measures and precautions meant to protect the vulnerable seniors she served, a woman died,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according to the newspaper report.  “The egregious… Read More →

The Science of False Medical Charting (Part 4)—What Forensic Document Analysis is and How Its Used

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 25, 2013

Forensic document analysis is a scientific discipline that can definitively prove the sequence of entries of information onto a document. Forensic document analysis can scientifically determine wrongdoing on the part of medical care providers. According to the American Society for Testing and Materials, forensic document examiners make scientific examinations, comparisons, and analyses of documents in order to: Establish genuineness or non genuineness, or to expose forgery, or to reveal alterations, additions, or deletions; Identify or eliminate persons as the source… Read More →

TOPICS:   False Records

The Science of False Medical Charting (Part 3)—What Comparative Record Analysis is and How Its Used

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 25, 2013

Clinical record analysis demonstrating untruthfulness is one of the best tools available to convince a jury of judge of the healthcare provider’s guilt. Often times, medical records suspected of having been falsified can be compared and cross-referenced with other relevant documents. This is called comparative record analysis. There are a number of different ways of conducting comparative record analysis. Comparing a clinical record to itself can reveal that care was not given as documented. The record may report findings or… Read More →

TOPICS:   False Records

The Science of False Medical Charting (Part 2) — Why Clinical Records are Important and Why Providers Falsify Them

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 11, 2013

Nursing homes and other health care facilities use clinical records to track whether their patients have received the required care, to monitor changes in patient condition, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the care being provided. By documenting care given, health care providers can make informed decisions regarding the patients’ medical needs. The federal government requires nursing facilities to retain complete clinical record information. The facility must safeguard clinical record against loss, destruction, or unauthorized use. Among other things, clinical… Read More →

TOPICS:   False Records

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