The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report last month pointing to extensive problems in the Medicare hospice program.
A July 7, 2018 New York Times article – It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town. Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years – reports that most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caregiving staff than they had reported to the government for years.
In this Issue
- End of Life Option Law Reinstated
- Stricter Nursing Home Complaint Investigation Timelines Take Effect
- Nursing Homes Evading Increased Minimum Staffing Requirements
- Congress Demands Release of Secret VA Data on Nursing Homes
- The State of the Nation’s Housing
- Nursing Home Violation of the Month
- Nursing Home Residents Threatened by Rollback of Federal Protections
End of Life Option Law Reinstated
On June 19, 2018, the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued a stay putting the End of Life Option back into effect.
The New Medicare Cards are Prompting Phone Scams
CMS will be mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries between April 2018 and April 2019. The new Medicare cards no longer include Social Security numbers.
My father lives in a nursing home and recently developed a rash requiring the attention of a dermatologist who prescribed a medicated cream that is not covered by Medi-Cal.
On 5/14/2018 a family member of the resident stated that a CNA could not remove a rubber band for the resident’s braided hair and told the CNA not to cut off the resident’s braided hair.