Medicare/Medicaid

Britthaven of Chapel Hill Death Update: Excessive Morphine

An article on the WRAL webite today reports that an excessive amount of morphine contributed to the death of a patient in the Alzheimer’s unit of Britthaven of Chapel Hill nursing home. In February, patients were drug tested when managers expressed concern about the way the patients were acting. Of 25 Alzheimer’s patients, nine tested …

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Sexual Assault in a Wake Forest Assisted Living Center

The Wake Forest Care Center has been rocked by another blow to its reputation.  According to an article on the website for WRAL, a nursing assistant was arrested and charged with sexual assault on a resident who was “physically helpless.” The accused man, 42-year-old Michael Lee Brodie, was charged with sexual assault, and is being …

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Investigations into Britthaven of Chapel Hill Abuses

It was horrifying to families that had already lived through the tragedy of having a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As reported in the media, 9 residents of the Britthaven of Chapel Hill nursing home tested positive for strong pain medication–opiates–that hadn’t been prescribed to them…one later died. Now, ENCtoday.com reports that the incident …

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Nursing Facilities Face Investigation

In response to continuing reports of deaths, abuse, and substandard care at long-term nursing facilities, the Senate Finance Committee has opened an investigation. The company in the spotlight is Select Medical Corporation, a for-profit long-term care provider with 89 facilities in 26 states, including North Carolina. (They own Select Specialty Hospitals in Durham and Winston-Salem.) …

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Important Link to Bookmark

This link will connect blog viewers to “Medicare, The Official U.S. Government Site for People With Medicare.” http://www.medicare.gov/Nursing/Overview.asp.  On this site, viewers can find information on how to properly compare nursing homes, information on nursing home inspections, awareness campaigns, patients’ rights and nursing home publications, as well as many other U.S. government resources and sponsored …

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Conversion from Private Funds Payment to Medicaid Causes Evictions

Assisted Living Concepts, a Wisconsin-based company that, according to its Web site, operates 216 assisted-living residences with capacity for more than 9,000 residents in 20 states is being criticized for its decision to cut down on Medicaid recipients, even ones who first entered their facilities with the ability to pay from private funds.  ALC was …

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