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Medication Errors

Medication Errors

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services May Tighten Oversight of Nursing Home Prescriptions

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 3, 2014

Elderly care industry experts have long identified the risks that medication errors and overmedication pose for nursing home residents, according to McKnights. Now, in response to the growing awareness of these risks, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may increase its oversight of Medicare Part D. Historically, CMS has taken a limited role in overseeing Part D. Instead, private health plans have been tasked with administering the coverage to Medicare recipients. But as a result, some physicians have… Read More →

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Staff Member at Buffalo Nursing Home Steals Patient’s Pain Medication

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 24, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of financial exploitation concerns at the Lake Ridge Care Center of Buffalo in Buffalo, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that a staff member of the facility took a resident’s pain medication without permission. The Department investigated the matter and found that the staff member took an undetermined amount of pain medication belonging to the resident and forged signatures on documents to evade detection. The MDH determined… Read More →

Lighthouse of Columbia Heights Fails to Provide Necessary Health Care to Resident

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 14, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Lighthouse of Columbia Heights in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that neglect occurred when a resident received a medication that should have been held prior to a procedure causing a gastrointestinal bleed. The Department investigated the matter and found that the licensee failed to implement a physician’s order; failed to respond to an unlicensed staff’s call to a nurse… Read More →

Crystal Seasons Living Community Nurse Steals Resident’s Prescribed Medication

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 3, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of financial exploitation concerns at the Crystal Seasons Living Community in Lake Crystal, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that financial exploitation occurred when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) took seven of a client’s narcotic Vicodin tablets for personal use and replaced them with over the counter medication (Acetaminophen). The Department investigated the matter and found that the facility had a policy in place to count narcotic… Read More →

Good Samaritan Society – St. James Neglects Resident’s Medical Needs

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 3, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Good Samaritan Society-St. James in St. James, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that neglect occurred when a resident’s glucose was not monitored for seven months although the resident was receiving oral anti diabetic medication. The Department investigated the matter and found that when the resident was admitted from the hospital to the nursing home the hospital transfer form included nursing recommendations… Read More →

Nursing Home Risks in the News

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 1, 2014

Nursing Home Resident’s Family Files Retaliation Complaint A woman helping families fight for nursing home residents’ rights says her activism is drawing the wrong type of attention and action from her mother’s nursing home in Arkansas. A month after setting up a family counsel at the nursing home, she says she received an involuntary discharge notice, forcing her mother out of the nursing home. Click here for more about this story. Medical Technician Confesses to Louisville Nursing Home Death, Then… Read More →

Nursing Home Risks in the News

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 31, 2014

Police say medical aide stole pain pills at Somerset nursing facility A 26-year-old medical aide was arrested on March 26, 2014 on a warrant by state police and arraigned on charges that she took residents’ pain medication while working as a medical aide at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania. Click here for more about this story.  Who Opposes Cameras In Nursing Home Residents’ Rooms? Just last week, a bill introduced in the South Carolina Legislature that would allow… Read More →

Gil-Mor Manor’s Resident Hospitalized After Staff Neglects Resident Physician Orders

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 28, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Gil-Mor Manor Nursing Home in Morgan, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Minnesota Department of Health alleging that neglect occurred when staff failed to implement physician’s orders for insulin administration and the resident was admitted to the hospital for diabetic ketoacidosis. The Minnesota Department of Health investigated the matter and found that the allegation of neglect is substantiated because the facility had a system… Read More →

Minneapolis Veterans Home’s Under Scrutiny

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 31, 2013

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report reviews inquiries into suspicious deaths that indicate persistent problems at the Minneapolis Veterans Home.  According to the report, “In the past three years, state records show, the veterans home has been the subject of 11 state health department investigations, including four suspicious deaths.” The report quotes the Minnesota’s legislative auditor, Jim Nobles, as being concerned about what he called “significant and persistent problems at the Minneapolis home.” Mr. Nobles has been critical of how the… Read More →

Crest View Lutheran Home Neglects Resident

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 5, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Crest View Lutheran Home in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that Crest View’s resident did not receive antipsychotic medication for one month causing hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. The Department investigated the matter and found that the evidence substantiated allegation of neglect.  The MDH determined that Crest View Lutheran Home is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.  [Case no.… Read More →