Inspector General Warns Nursing Home Residents Are at Risk of Abuse

On August 24, 2017, Daniel Levinson, the Inspector General for the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take immediate action to protect nursing home residents from abuse following a remarkable investigation that found CMS is not enforcing abuse reporting requirements in the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2011.  The investigation, like many before it, shows that nursing homes and public officials are often apathetic when residents suffer sexual assaults and other serious crimes.

Brius Healthcare’s Insider Transactions

Today, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) released a report describing how Shlomo Rechnitz, the CEO of Brius Healthcare, may be profiting at the expense of residents of his nursing homes by steering millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to a web of companies he created to service his nursing homes. 

Medi-Cal Sued For Pushing Patients Into Managed Care Despite Judges’ Orders

Two health consumer advocacy groups, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and Western Center on Law and Poverty, sued the Department of Health Care Services this week for pushing Medi-Cal beneficiaries into managed care plans.  The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that the department is contradicting doctors’ opinions and illegally reversing decisions by administrative law judges that would allow patients with complex medical conditions to remain in fee-for-service Medi-Cal.