Is the ability to transport residents in their wheelchairs an essential function of a nursing home hairdresser? A federal appeals court says it's a valid question and is allowing a hairdresser to sue a facility that fired her.
An assisted living facility in Mississippi fired a worker hours after she started on the job because of her pregnancy, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
From a psychological perspective, here are some ideas to prevent or reduce disagreements with residents and their family members over care, thereby decreasing the likelihood that a situation will result in legal action.
There was a time when reading Gary Larson's "The Far Side" was an essential part of my daily routine. Yes, the now-defunct strip was a bit quirky, but it was almost always good for a laugh.
Residents have refused meds, tried to flee secure unit since talking to surveyor, nursing home chargesAugust 05, 2014
An Ohio nursing home has been trying to care for residents who became defiant after speaking with a state inspector, according to legal charges reported Monday by Courthouse News Service.
A nurse at a Life Care Centers of America facility in Colorado was not notified that she would be threatened and taken hostage by a gunman as part of an active shooter drill, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Nursing home cannot use Medicaid payment structure to evade 'worthless services' charges, federal court rulesJuly 17, 2014
A nursing home cannot cite Medicare and Medicaid payment methods to escape charges that it provided "worthless services," a federal judge recently ruled in a False Claims Act case.
HCR ManorCare has sued Trinity Health after analysis suggested an association between a large hepatitis C outbreak and podiatry and blood draw services that the skilled nursing company contracted with Trinity for, according to local reports.
The nation's largest long-term care pharmacy has agreed to a $124 million settlement over claims of kickbacks to nursing homes in the form of price breaks on certain drugs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Former caregivers filed a class action lawsuit against one of the nation's largest provider of post-acute care services for alleged failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, among other claims.
An 82-year-old skilled nursing facility resident and his family have been awarded $3.3 million by a Colorado jury after finding the Pueblo-based Belmont Lodge Health Care Center guilty of negligence.
In the fierce daily battle to keep beds and units occupied, it can be tempting to fudge a wee bit about your ability to provide care. Here's my advice: Resist the temptation.
The son of a nursing home resident says he found a photo of a male stripper gyrating above his 86-year-old mother, and was told it reflected part of an "entertainment event" for residents. That has led to a lawsuit against East Neck Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in West Bablyon, NY.
Long-term care workers, particularly nurses, might complain or even joke about it: I'm being worked to death. But now a dead nurse's family is testing such an assertion in court.
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.
Still fighting $90 million verdict, HCR ManorCare settles a second negligence lawsuit in West VirginiaJuly 11, 2013
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.