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New Developments

  • NPR Hits on Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes
    In a three-part series, NPR recently took on the persistent problem of antipsychotics in nursing homes. Part 1 reviewed some very bad cases of antipsychotic misuse in California nursing homes. Part 2 criticized the federal government's effort to enforce nursing home rules regarding antipsychotic misuse and Part 3 focused on the good dementia care practices at Ecumen nursing homes in Minnesota that have led to dramatic decreases in antipsychotic usage.

    The NPR series does a great job of telling the story of antipsychotics in nursing homes: a frightening tale of chemical restraints from overmatched and frustrated nursing home staff, fostered by governmental failures, that is only now being rescued by the humane, comfort-centered approaches to care finally getting their due.
    (posted Dec 12, 2014)
  • Resignation of Department of Public Health Director Provides Opportunity for New Leadership at Troubled Agency

    The December 3, 2014 announcement by Dr. Ron Chapman that he is resigning his position as Director of the California Department of Public Health is welcome news to California nursing home residents. Dr. Chapman has shown little interest in the plight of nursing home residents who have increasingly been exposed to neglect and abuse under his watch. New leadership at the Department of Public Health is urgently needed and long overdue.
    (posted Dec 4, 2014)

  • Center for Public Integrity Finds Widespread Inflation of Nursing Home Staffing Levels

    In November 2014, The Center for Public Integrity published a three-part series on nursing home staffing, HUD financing of substandard nursing homes and inferior care provided to minorities.
    (posted Nov 18, 2014)

  • Unmasked: How California’s Largest Nursing Home Chains Perform

    The Sacramento Bee published a groundbreaking series of articles this week on who owns California nursing homes and why it matters to people who need nursing home care. The sweeping three-part series by Marjie Lundstrom and Phillip Reese identifies and examines the performance of California’s 25 largest nursing home chains, exposes some of the people behind them and questions why they are so poorly regulated.
    (posted Nov 13, 2014)

  • LA County Health Department Allegedly Falsified Nursing Home Probe Records

    Kaiser Health News reports that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health allegedly falsified the dates it received complaints about nursing homes in order to circumvent California law and a 2006 court order CANHR obtained against the Department directing it to follow the law. California law requires the Department of Public Health to begin onsite investigations within 10 working days of receiving a complaint about a nursing home, or within 24 hours if the allegation involves the imminent threat of death or serious harm.
    (posted Nov 10, 2014)

  • State Auditor Finds the Department of Public Health is Placing Nursing Home Residents at Risk

    On October 30, 2014, the California State Auditor released a report condemning the Department of Public Health’s systemic mismanagement of nursing home complaint investigations. Assembly Member Mariko Yamada and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee sought the investigation by the State Auditor earlier this year after embarrassing public reports that DPH often took years to complete investigations of severe abuse and neglect in nursing homes. CANHR called for the state audit in testimony at a legislative oversight committee on January 21, 2014.

    (posted Oct 31, 2014)
  • LA County Officials Reduce Penalties in 3 Nursing Home Deaths

    On October 27, 2014, Kaiser Health News reported that Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials allegedly downgraded three citations involving nursing home residents who died from neglect.
    (posted Oct 31, 2014)

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