Omnicare Sought Kickbacks for Nursing Home Prescriptions

Omnicare Sought Kickbacks from Abbott Labs for Depakota Nursing Home Prescriptions The US Department of Justice claims that Omnicare, the largest provider of prescription drugs to nursing homes, sought illegal kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories for recommending the pharmaceutical company’s Depakota to nursing homes with dementia patients. Depakota is a drug used to treat epilepsy, especially in … [Read more...]

Nursing Homes Negligent Installing Sprinkler Systems

Fires at Nursing Homes Reveal Negligence with Building Safety, No Sprinkler Systems Nursing homes have faced heavy criticism in recent years because employees can abuse or neglect residents at these facilities. Vulnerable older adults have been subjected to all types of nursing home abuse from medication neglect to sexual and physical abuse. As more families file lawsuits against these for-profit … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Charged with Elder Abuse and Medicare Fraud

Elder Abuse and Medicare Fraud Charges for California Nursing Home Federal officials have filed an official complaint against the owners and operators of a California nursing home chain for elder abuse and Medicare fraud. US Attorney Melinda Haag’s office filed the elder abuse and Medicare fraud charges on Friday, August 29th, against the Country Villa Watsonville East Nursing Center (now known … [Read more...]

Medicare Star Rating System for Nursing Homes Fails Patients

Medicare Star Rating System Not An Accurate Measurement of Nursing Home Quality The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has offered a Medicare star rating system, in the style of hotel ratings, for nursing homes for the past five years. Only one-fifth of the United States’ 15,000 nursing homes achieve a 5-star rating from Medicare, suggesting that the rating system has exclusive … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Owner Faces Medicare Fraud Charges, Other Federal Charges

Ohio Nursing Home Owner Faces Medicare Fraud Charges, Theft, Abuse The owner of a nursing home in Zanesville, Ohio has been arrested on 39 criminal and federal charges that were uncovered by a patient abuse investigation, including Medicare fraud charges. Steven L. Hitchens, 58, was indicted on Thursday, June 26th on multiple federal charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a … [Read more...]

Study Shows Adverse Events in Hospitals Still a Problem

USA Today reported that approximately 15,000 Medicare patients die each month due in part to care they receive in hospitals. This figure was the result of a study performed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to the report: [HHS] selected a nationally representative random sample of 780 Medicare beneficiaries from all beneficiaries discharged during October 2008. … [Read more...]