Minnesota Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Kosieradzki • Smith
Law Firm, LLC

(763) 746-7800
Call Us Today

The Attorneys of Kosieradzki • Smith have extensive experience to bring to your difficult case

Category Archives:
Nursing Home Resources

Nursing home rating system gets big fixes

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

November 4, 2014

A sudden and suspicious leap in the amount of nursing homes earning high rankings has led the federal government to announce changes to the five-star ranking system, to be implemented early next year, according to HT Health. One significant change to the system will allow a electronic reporting system to verify payroll and patient information submitted by nursing homes themselves. This nationwide auditing program will strive to ensure reported information is accurate. That information, now, will also include statistics on… Read More →

Nursing aide accused of stealing $60K from nursing home patient

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 23, 2014

A 70-year old nursing home resident in Indiana was taken advantage of to the tune of more than $60,000 by a nursing assistant who was supposed to be caring for him, according to investigators and WAVE3 News in Louisville, Kentucky. Authorities have charged the assistant, Margaret Densford, 46, and her daughter, Jessica Densford, 26, who she allegedly used to cash the checks, with theft, according to WAVE3. The resident, who is in good mental health, thought Densford would pay him… Read More →

Nursing-home firms to pay $3.8 million settlement

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 23, 2014

Allegedly overbilling Medicare led to a big settlement penalty for one Iowa-based company that manages nursing homes. Life Care Services, based in Des Moines, along with California-based ParkVista, denied wrongdoing but agreed to pay a $3.8 million settlement early this month just the same. The companies were accused of providing “unreasonable and unnecessary” rehab services to residents at facilities on both the east and west coasts and then overbilling Medicare for the services. This all according to federal officials and… Read More →

Using cameras in nursing homes to protect residents from abuse and neglect

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 23, 2014

Updated safety and security may be on the way in Illinois in the form of recording devices to monitor patient care in nursing homes. According to the Associated Press, last week Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan expressed her support for a bill to allow residents to place audio or video recording devices in their rooms. If implanted, the devices would serve as a silent guard against abuse. The devices would come at the cost of the families, according to the… Read More →

Illinois Attorney General proposes allowing cameras in nursing homes

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 19, 2014

Illinois’ Attorney General has announced that she will push for legislation that permits video- and audio-recording devices in nursing home rooms to monitor patient treatment. AG Lisa Madigan calls it the “next line of defense” for vulnerable residents of nursing homes.  Madigan told news media that her office has received multiple complaints in recent months from nursing home residents and families concerned about safety and security. Recordings or tapes would be admissible as evidence in court and tampering or obstructing a recording would result in… Read More →

DEA pursues Twin Cities pharmacy specializing in long-term care

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 18, 2014

Minnesota pharmacy Geritom Medical, which specializes in long-term medical care, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. City police offers provided a uniform presence as the DEA searched Geritom Medical, located on Florida Avenue just north of Old Shakopee Road, according to the Star-Tribune. The pharmacy called the raid a “business interruption” in a voicemail recording when the Star-Tribune called the offices to inquire about the situation. The company’s website says it served more than 8,000 customers across 1,000 facilities in Minnesota.… Read More →

Report ranks Oklahoma among worst in nation for nursing home care

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 18, 2014

Oklahoma nursing homes were ranked among the worst in the nation in a report by Families for Better Care, an advocacy group, according to News 9 in Oklahoma. Oklahoma ranked 48th in the nation in nursing home care last year and 49th this year, after the group reported that a quarter of state nursing homes were cited for harming residents, according to News 9. Incidents such as caregivers shoving dirty gloves into their mouths and caregivers being convicted of abuse… Read More →

Iowa nursing homes need more attention from regulators

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 16, 2014

Large turnover rates are detrimental for nursing home residents, as more experienced staff can offer more familiar care and expertise on patient health history. Iowa media outlets are asking questions about the efficiency of state-wide nursing homes after it was found that facilities lose 41 percent of their staff, and 47 percent of nurses, each year, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The state of Iowa is doing little research as to the reasons behind the high attrition rates. A… Read More →

Minnesota’s nursing homes with the worst staffing ratings

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 16, 2014

The U.S. Government provides quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including over 15,000 nationwide. Medicare’s “Nursing Home Compare” data base has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Medicare has rated the staffing at the following eight Minnesota nursing homes as “Much Below Average” (the worst rating): Faribault Care Center, a 55-bed for-profit facility in Faribault, Minnesota, which also received a “Much Below Average” overall rating. Golden LivingCenter –… Read More →

Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 16, 2014

Medicare’s hotel-style rating system for nursing homes is based on a “incomplete information that can seriously mislead consumers, investors and others about conditions at the homes,” according a New York Times investigation. The government does not verify self-reported data that the reviews are based in large part on, according to the investigation. Staff ratings and quality statistics – which make up two thirds of the rating equation – are accepted without question after being reported by the nursing homes themselves.… Read More →