Brian Lee

Yet another report takes aim at nursing home staffing levels

Yet another report takes aim at nursing home staffing levels

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Seems like it is was only a few weeks ago that the New York Times was blasting the nursing home industry for playing fast and loose with staffing numbers. Now comes a state-by-state report card that essentially says chronic understaffing is undermining care.

The sweet irony of a nursing home report card

The sweet irony of a nursing home report card

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It's said that politics, among other things, makes for strange bedfellows. Add long-term care quality improvement efforts to the list.

Legislation would protect nursing home investors

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A piece of legislation that would prevent passive investors at a nursing home from being sued has passed the Florida House. It awaits approval from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Better staffing means better care, new nursing home state rankings suggest

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Staffing is a key factor in determining a nursing home's quality of care, according to new state-by-state analysis from advocacy group Families for Better Care.

Florida's top LTC ombudsman placed under 'virtual house arrest,' state investigates possible wrongdoing

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The leader of Florida's long-term care ombudsman program is under investigation and has been placed on administrative leave under strict conditions, according to local reports. Harold J. Crochet has run Florida's LTC ombudsman program since 2011. Last Friday, he was placed on paid leave by Elder Affairs Secretary Charles T. Corley, according to a memorandum obtained by the Miami Herald.

State governments compromise some long-term care ombudsmen: report

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Long-term care ombudsmen in some states are unable to effectively advocate for residents due to a lack of independence from government interests, according to a report published Monday.

Judge declines to dismiss FL ombudsman case

Judge declines to dismiss FL ombudsman case

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The Florida ombudsman case against the state and long-term care provider groups can proceed, a judge decided Wednesday.

Former Florida nursing home ombudsman files lawsuit

Former Florida nursing home ombudsman files lawsuit

A former long-term care watchdog has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Florida Health Care Association and the Florida Assisted Living Association for alleged "whistle-blower retaliation."

Resident advocates demand health insurance guarantee for LTC employees

Resident advocates demand health insurance guarantee for LTC employees

Twenty-four nursing home resident advocacy groups have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to require that nursing home owners provide health insurance to their employees.

Florida seeks to limit nursing home lawsuits; names new nursing home ombudsman

Florida seeks to limit nursing home lawsuits; names new nursing home ombudsman

Lawmakers in Florida are proposing a controversial bill that would put a $300,000 cap on non-economic damages in wrongful death cases involving nursing homes.

Long-term care hardball in Florida

Long-term care hardball in Florida

Spring training has professional baseball players throwing and hitting balls all around Florida. But another big-time "sport" has been taking place — and it's also involved some powerful whacking.

Florida ombudsman ousted after asking nursing homes for detailed ownership information

Gov. Rick Scott (R) fired the director of Florida's Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, Brian Lee, suddenly on Monday. Lee, who had held this position for seven years, had recently asked Florida's 677 nursing homes to submit detailed information regarding ownership stakes.