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Medicare Penalizing WV Hospitals With High Injury and Infection Rates

In 2015, Medicare determined that six West Virginia hospitals had overall rates of hospital-acquired infections and injuries that were excessively high. As a result, Medicare will be cutting payments to these facilities in an effort to spur improvements… Read More

Nursing Home Frauds Government, Lies About Patient Care

The parent company of a nursing home in Virginia has been ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution for allegedly charging Medicare for treatments it did not provide to patients, as well as for failing to properly care for residents in accordance with physicians’… Read More

WV Nursing Home on List of Facilities That “Have Not Improved”

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for nursing homes to provide inadequate care for their residents. In fact, a startling number of nursing facilities across the U.S. fail to meet the most basic needs of their patients on a regular basis. In West Virginia,… Read More

Medication Errors More Likely To Be Caught By RNs

A University of Missouri study recently found that registered nurses (RNs) are more likely than licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to catch medication errors involving high-risk drugs in nursing homes . Medication errors account for hundreds of deaths… Read More

Traffic Fatalities Decline in 2014 but Rise in 2015

Traffic deaths dropped to a record low in 2014, with only 32,675 lives lost. Despite this decline, projections for car accident fatalities in 2015 are not as promising. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic-related… Read More

Early Treatment of Flu Can Reduce Hospital Stays for Seniors

In a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalized senior citizens whose flu symptoms were caught and treated early were less likely to require additional care after being discharged from the hospital. This… Read More

Nursing Home Workers Arrested for Ignoring, Then Beating Disabled Resident

A horrifying display of nursing home abuse was recently captured by video surveillance cameras at the Peninsula Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Queens, New York. In the video, three caregivers can be seen ignoring a disabled resident who had fallen,… Read More

Seven Tips for Visiting Loved Ones in Nursing Homes this Holiday Season

The holiday season often means spending quality time with family and friends. But if someone you love is in a nursing home, holiday visits can be an emotional—and sometimes stressful—experience. By taking a moment to plan your visit to the nursing home,… Read More

Nursing Home Patients Often Carry Dangerous, Drug-Resistant Bacteria

According to a recent study conducted at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, drug-resistant bacterial infections are on the rise among hospital patients. During the study, several nursing home patients were admitted to the… Read More

Thanksgiving Weekend Brings Deadly Car Accidents to Charleston Area

A string of deadly Thanksgiving auto accidents plagued Kanawha County this past weekend, as thousands of motorists took to the roadways for the busiest holiday travel weekend of the year.   According to local reports from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s… Read More

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New AHCA Guide Focuses on Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents

Due to an increasing, newer form of elder abuse, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) has created a training kit to be…

Why Arbitration is Bad for Consumers

Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution that is not conducted in a courtroom. No judge presides, no jury weighs the issues…

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