Depending on the numbers you choose to believe, senior living profit margins are a razor thin 3% — or more like 20%. Regardless, many would like to believe operators are engaging in a fairly despicable business practice: intentionally underpaying the help.
A Connecticut federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of 14 Medicare beneficiaries denied skilled nursing care coverage after a hospital stay.
Emeritus Senior Living has agreed to settle a $2.2 million lawsuit in which workers claimed they were routinely underpaid at the assisted living company's California facilities, according to a ProPublica report.
PharMerica has been charged in a False Claims Act lawsuit by the federal government.
Long-term care pharmacy company PharMerica dispensed controlled narcotics without valid prescriptions and billed Medicare for the drugs, the federal government has charged in a False Claims Act lawsuit.
A jury has awarded $1.1 billion in damages to the family of a Florida woman who received poor nursing home care prior to her death in 2007. The amount is believed to be one of the highest ever leveled against a nursing home.
Following a $90 million verdict against one HCR ManorCare nursing home in West Virginia, a different company facility in the state recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit under confidential terms. The spotlight shifted the focus from Heartland of Charleston, the facility involved in the $90 million lawsuit, to Heartland of Martinsburg.
A former employee of Medicalodges Inc. recently filed a lawsuit against the skilled nursing provider, alleging that the company does not properly compensate workers.
A nursing and rehabilitation center violated federal law by asking for workers' family medical history, a government lawsuit alleges. The suit is one of the first of its kind.
As any retailer will tell you, advising customers to shop elsewhere is never easy. Yet that is exactly what too many senior living operators should be doing - but won't.
Kentucky may well be remembered for something better than its bourbon and horse races. In early February, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill where the claimants have to go before a review panel prior to filing suit against a nursing home.
A False Claims Act lawsuit involving a nursing home chain and therapy providers in Missouri can move forward, a federal judge has ruled. The case originated when a whistleblower alleged that a therapy company received more than $10 million in kickbacks as part of a scheme to overbill Medicare and Medicaid.
It's interesting how competition can make strange bedfellows. Nursing homes and hospitals, for example, are next-door-neighbors on the caregiving block. We all know who has the bigger house on this block, and it often creates resentment.
As if sobering news weren't in deep enough supply for long-term care providers, we've been reminded again why the threat of getting sued usually lingers in the back of the mind.
Omnicare has officially ended its attempt to absorb PharMerica Corp. The reversal comes less than a month after federal regulators attempted to block the deal. Officials said the merger would have created an institutional pharmacy company that reaches nearly 60% of the nation's nursing home beds. PharMerica has repeatedly tried to prevent the takeover since it was announced last year. PharMerica countered that the offer was insufficient and was unlikely to survive antitrust scrutiny.
Omnicare has filed a lawsuit in hopes of making PharMerica accept a $440 million purchase offer and halt a poison pill anti-takeover defense.
A Kentucky federal court ruled Monday that an arbitration agreement signed by a nursing home resident is enforceable, even though the 74-year-old woman said she suffered from a major mental disorder.
A federal judge has declined to dismiss a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. The healthcare giant now will have to defend itself in court against allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to influence sale of antipsychotics to nursing home residents.
When healthcare providers tell patients about medical errors that happened under their care, the patient is twice as likely to recommend that provider to someone else than if they had not been told about the mistake. However, the disclosure does not seem to have an effect either way with regard to the filing of lawsuits, according to a study published in the journal Medical Care.
An Ohio federal judge recently allowed a lawsuit that challenges the insurance mandate of the healthcare reform law to proceed to trial.
A Florida federal judge is permitting a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law to proceed to trial.
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law is likely to advance. A federal judge in Florida this week said he would rule on the merits of the suit by Oct. 14.
The Olmstead decision—that governments provide housing to vulnerable populations in the lease restrictive environments—has led to several class-action lawsuits. Here are ways to guard your residents and facilities against damaging Olmstead cases.
Nursing home giant Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. has agreed to settle a class-action suit alleging understaffing at 22 of its California facilities for $50 million. Terms still must be approved by a judge.
National Labor Relations Board officials were scheduled to deliver roughly $2.6 million in lost benefits and pay to 133 nursing home workers who had been involved in a strike more than a decade ago.
Kinetic Concepts Inc. scored a legal victory Wednesday in its ongoing battle with Smith & Nephew over the use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. A Texas jury sided with KCI in a patent infringement lawsuit.
An Illinois Supreme Court ruling on medical malpractice caps could have national implications. It found that caps on damages are unconstitutional.