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Click here to read an amazing article highlighting Martha Deaver and her dedication to AANHR and all it stands for.
Click on the link below to see the letter / comments sent to CMS regarding Improving Regulations in Nursing Homes:
Rest in peace D’Angelo. I had been contacted about this case. Please listen to my interview with “KARN Talk Radio.” Sadly, it’s about the bedsore death of an 18 year old (child) North Little Rock student.
D’Angelo had only been living at Brookside Nursing Home for less than two months. He developed a stage four bedsore that killed him. Brookside has been cited over and over from 2012 to 2015 for failure to prevent and treat bedsores.
Washington DC— Following a push by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to conduct a review of the federal government’s nursing home rating system.
This month, Casey and Wyden wrote to GAO calling for a review of the rating system, and Cummings also joined the request. On August 26, 2014, Cummings sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a briefing to address concerns about the Five-Star rating system after a New York Times article revealed deficiencies in the rating system, and in February CMS announced revisions to the scoring methodology for its rating system.
“The GAO’s decision to conduct a review is a first step towards ensuring the accuracy of this system that millions of families rely on,” Casey and Wyden said. “The Five-Star rating system has the potential to make a substantial difference in the lives of vulnerable seniors but the Administration has to make sure the rating system is working. We have to get this right.” (more…)
We need your help! Public Citizen – a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization – has drafted a petition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), asking for the agency to ban the use of pre-dispute, forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts. The petition is gaining support swiftly. Please add your voice to the thousands of others who have already spoken out on this critical issue!
As you may be aware, CMS recently released its proposed revisions to the federal nursing home regulations. As part of its proposed rule, CMS asked for comments on the issue of pre-dispute, forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts.
Arbitration is a process in which a dispute – such as a dispute regarding poor care, abuse or neglect – is settled by one or more arbitrators who decide the outcome instead of a jury made up of members of the community. “Pre-dispute” arbitration means that the consumer must agree to arbitration before any dispute arises.
Pre-dispute arbitration agreements force individuals to make a decision without any information at all about the dispute, even in cases of alleged severe neglect, serious injuries or death. This decision must be made at the time of admission, a very stressful time for consumers and their families, when it is difficult to anticipate or even imagine the occurrence of serious harm or poor care. Once signed, pre-dispute, forced arbitration agreements strip individuals of their constitutional right to a trial by jury.
Please go to the website listed below to sign Public Citizen’s petition calling on CMS to ban the use of pre-dispute, forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts as part of its revisions to the federal nursing home regulations.
Thank you for your advocacy!
Read about two reports that spotlight the effectiveness of Enfocement of Nursing Home Care Standards:
Are Residents Protected?
Are Public Funds being Spent on Subpar or Worthless Service?
These reports are brought to us by Nursing Home 411 and were presented by the Long Term Care Community Coalition.
Click here to see the article.
It is always shocking for me/AANHR to FOI the “Professional Liability Insurance Cost Reports,” which AR nursing homes are reimbursed for each year. Nursing home owners’ premiums go up because they continue to give bad care. Being cited for poor care also means they are violating state and federal laws. Tax payers’ dollars (state & federal) pay for the reimbursement to protect the nursing home administration from the results of its poor care, to the tune of millions of dollars each year. Please take a few minutes to read the
Most of us carry liability insurance on our vehicles and homes. This covers us if a visitor falls at our home and sustains injury or if we are involved in an auto accident. Our insurance coverage pays medical bills for visitors’ injuries or to repair our car, sometimes the other car(s) involved, and any personal injury caused inadvertently by us, the driver. As responsible citizens we provide for the protection of our persons and our property. The difference between us and nursing homes is that we personally pay for our insurance premiums for our protection. If we are irresponsible enough to receive a DUI or other infraction naturally our insurance premiums rise.
In the case of nursing home owners, premiums are also personally paid by us citizens through taxation that supports Medicaid. The cost for most (not all) nursing home residents’ care is paid under Medicaid. Nursing home liability insurance might involve various categories of coverage such as injury accidents that visitors incur, transport van accidents, along with abuse and neglect to residents.
We have a cycle going within the nursing home industry. Medicaid reimburses for care (including liability insurance premiums); the nursing home doesn’t always give good care; abuse and neglect occur; so liability insurance premiums rise thus requiring more tax dollars spent. If resident care improved, premiums could be reduced, resulting in tax savings in the federal/state budget. In a time of record deficits/national debt would that not be a welcome set of circumstances.
AANHR believes that AR nursing homes should be required to carry liability insurance. We do not believe that taxpayers should be paying to protect nursing home owners when abuse, neglect, and death of our most frail and vulnerable citizens occurs.
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CONWAY, AR–Martha Deaver’s office sits at the end of a gallery of photographs of her grandchildren on the second floor of a neat and cozy home nestled in a residential neighborhood in Conway, Arkansas.
Against one wall are yellow signs that look like oversized place mats with green letters urging people to “protect the rights of nursing home residents” that have appeared at annual rallies at the state capitol for the past dozen years. Elsewhere in the room stands a small wooden elephant, trunk raised as if ready to emit a roar. Near the entrance is a framed puzzle put together by a nursing home resident of a young woman with dark eyeshadow, a rose dangling from her mouth.
Deaver’s sturdy desk contains pictures of her receiving an award from the nation’s largest nursing homes advocacy group and shaking hands with then-FBI director Robert Muller-reminders of the national recognition she has earned in the past 10 years.
It is at the desk that Deaver has, for decades, requested inspection reports from government officials, fielded calls from whistleblower employees, counseled family members, cajoled lawyers, hectored legislators, said “Let me say this” countless times, and fought with every fiber of her being to educate the public and protect nursing home residents who often literally have no voice.
But if the desk is the office’s nerve center, its emotional heart is a stand-alone, framed black and white portrait of Helen Steger, Deaver’s mother.
PINE BLUFF, AR – A Jefferson County man says the nursing home he trusted with his mother’s care contributed to the 73-year-old woman’s early demise. He believes complications from a lack of care have kept her from being alive today, and he wants to tell others what he wish he would have known.
This is a devastating case I was contacted about. If you go to AANHR’s face book page, you can also hear a radio interview…..Martha