Nursing Home Neglect Leads to Civil Complaint for Fraud

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a civil complaint this month alleging that Villaspring Health Care and Rehabilitation in Erlanger, Kentucky provided “worthless services” that resulted in the death of numerous residents. The complaint claims that Medicare and Medicaid were billed for services by the home that were so “inadequate that they were essentially worthless.” This is the first case of its kind in Kentucky, where the state is accusing a nursing home facility of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid for submitting bills for poor care. The nursing home neglect became so bad at the facility that the government took legal action. According … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse: Kentucky Granted $3 Million Federal Grant

The state of Kentucky was given a federal grant of $3 million to help reduce nursing home abuse occurrences within the state. The money will be used to buy equipment needed to take digital fingerprints for criminal background checks on prospective employees. This will allow the state to better screen those applying for jobs that provide direct care to residents at the long-term care facilities. Governor Steve Beshear ordered last year that the state make changes to reduce nursing home abuse. Reports found that only seven of 107 serious citations issued at Kentucky nursing homes in a three-year period were prosecuted as crimes and most nursing … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect of Oral Health Leaves Woman Gravely Ill

Nursing home neglect can affect many areas of care. One often overlooked area is oral hygiene. Oral health can affect the overall health of the already at risk population and there is little dental care in place in many of the country’s nursing homes. But dental care is starting to get better and they are even offering their patients Invisalign in Calgary. A resident of a Kentucky nursing home contracted a potentially life threatening gum infection because the staff failed to remove her dentures for six months. A staff member was told of the woman’s dentures when she was admitted, but it was never noted in the chart. From there on out, … [Read more...]