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Nursing Home Abuse

New, Facility Specific Data on Virginia Nursing Homes

Inadequate staffing is a widespread and persistent problem in nursing homes in Virginia. We have written extensively about how there are no minimum staffing requirements for Virginia nursing homes. Despite the failure to ensure staffing at the state level, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asserts “nurse staffing is directly related to...[Read More]

Why words matter in Nursing Home Contracts

If you were a Fox News fan in the early days (or just a general consumer of news and media) no doubt the name and face of Gretchen Carlson rings a bell. She was one of the network’s early stars – smart, attractive and often on screen discussing the difficult news of the day. In...[Read More]

Regulations and Virginia Nursing Homes

I visit nursing homes with some frequency. When I walked into one two weeks ago, I noticed the fake flowers in the entry way. I notice the clean carpet and residents sitting in wheelchairs near the front windows. I didn’t see, and didn’t expect to see a copy of the Federal Code on the coffee...[Read More]

Virginia’s most profitable nursing homes – also some of the worst?

A little reminder: For profit healthcare is a thing in the United States. Tylenol makes money for Johnson & Johnson. Pfizer made billions on Zoloft before generic forms became available in 2006.  Your neurosurgeon may get a bonus this year, if he or she performs high dollar surgeries on patients or exceeds their RVUs.  Healthcare and...[Read More]

No staffing requirements in Virginia Nursing Homes

This week I shared a fact on our firm’s Facebook page: Virginia does not having minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes.  This means, it is technically legal for a facility to accept 120 residents, and only have 1 RN, 2 LPNs and 2 CNAs that can care for these patients per 12 hour shift.  On...[Read More]

Pressure Ulcers / Injuries in Virginia Nursing Homes

Again, this week, I received a call from someone who was shocked to learn their Mother had developed significant pressure ulcers at a local nursing home, and now they were infected. Pressure Ulcers have gone by many names is the last 10-15 years: bed sores; pressure sores; pressure ulcers, and now the people who write...[Read More]