Recognizing and Reporting Elder Abuse

What is Elder Abuse?In California, elders are defined as persons 65 years and older. Under California law, elder abuse can be both civil and criminal.  California Civil law The Welfare & Institutions Code § 15610 defines elder abuse as physical abuse, neglect, financial abuse, abandonment, isolation, abduction, or other treatment resulting in harm, pain or mental suffering to an elder.

State and Counties Sue Mariner Nursing Home Chain for Fraud, Understaffing, and Resident Dumping

A lawsuit filed by the California Attorney General and a group of District Attorneys throughout the state alleges that Mariner Health Care Inc., which runs 19 nursing homes in California, systemically broke laws and harmed patients “all to generate increased profits at the expense of resident care.”  The Mariner action follows a civil lawsuit filed against one of its facilities and a similar lawsuit filed by the AG and District Attorneys against the Brookdale nursing home chain.

Federal Antipsychotic Quality Measure is Unreliable

A recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concludes that antipsychotic drug data used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is inaccurate, hampered by fraud, and gives a misleading impression of chemical restraint use in nursing homes.