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  • Good News from the Capitol! SB 219 and AB 940 Signed Into Law.

    A couple of historic bills protecting residents of long term care facilities were signed into law last month. SB 219 (Wiener) is a first-of-its-kind bill of rights for LGBT residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly. It prohibits discrimination based on a resident’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status and requires facilities to honor residents’ preferences regarding room assignments, names, pronouns, and clothing. AB 940 (Weber) codifies the new federal regulation requiring nursing homes to send copies of resident discharge notices to the Ombudsman program and adds that any violation of the requirement is an automatic Class B citation. The bill should help reduce the growing number of unsafe and inappropriate nursing home discharges that are plaguing residents throughout the state.
    (posted November 9, 2017)

  • Fresno Nursing Home Sued for Dumping Resident on Sidewalk of Uninhabitable House

    A recently filed lawsuit alleges that Manning Gardens Care Center, a nursing home in Fresno, illegally dumped a 78-year-old resident at her former home, where she had been previously found soiled in vomit and feces, with cockroaches crawling on her and maggots in her wounds. The facility had made no arrangements to ensure the resident would have appropriate care at home, despite her unhealed wounds and extensive care needs.
    Click here to read the press release and click here to read the lawsuit.
    (posted November 2, 2017)

  • Consumer Alert: Treatment of Disaster Assistance for Medi-Cal Eligibility

    This alert is to inform those consumers who are on Medi-Cal -- either traditional Medi-Cal or MAGI, the adult Medicaid expansion program through the Affordable Care Act -- who were impacted by the recent fires or hurricanes, with information about Medi-Cal beneficiaries' rights regarding receipt of disaster assistance, as well as information on assistance available for those wishing to apply or recertify for Medi-Cal.
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    (posted October 24, 2017)

  • Where do Patients Go When a Troubled Nursing Home Closes? Often, Nowhere Better

    The above title to a compelling new article in the Sacramento Bee sums up the traumatic situation nursing home residents often find themselves in when a neglectful nursing home closes down. All too often, residents are transferred to equally troubled nursing homes, far from their families, friends and everything they hold dear. The October 23, 2017 article examines what became of the residents of Eagle Crest – a Genesis Healthcare owned nursing home with a long history of neglect – after it closed in September.  According to the Bee, nearly half of Eagle Crest’s residents were sent to other Genesis facilities, including several who were sent to a nursing home in Willows with a recent history of severe abuse. Instead of blocking the transfers, the Department of Public Health claimed it is powerless to stop closing nursing homes from exposing residents to further neglect and abuse in this manner.
    Read more
    (posted October 24, 2017)

  • Will New Nursing Home Inspection System Bring Same Old Results?

    The system California has used to inspect nursing homes for a quarter of a century is about to change. On November 28, 2017, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and other state survey agencies throughout the nation will switch to a new nursing home inspection system. The new inspection system is being established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces national standards for nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) programs.
    Read more
    (posted October 24, 2017)

  • Lawsuit Takes on Nursing Facility Chain for Illegally Dumping Vulnerable Nursing Facility Residents into Hospitals
    AARP and Braunhagey & Borden have filed an important lawsuit to stop a nursing home chain from dumping residents in hospitals.  They vow to file more cases until nursing homes stop this abusive and illegal practice. 
    Read their press release here
    (posted October 10, 2017)
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