Lawyer Resources for Kentucky

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Law Firm Representing Injured Residents at Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehab Center

Nursing homes found to have recurring serious regulatory violations can be designated a Special Focus Facility (SFF) by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state nursing home regulating agencies. This unwanted designation alerts the Administration, management, and nursing staff that serious problems need to be immediately addressed and corrected or the Home could be faced with losing their contract for treating Medicaid/Medicare patients.

Recently, Twins Rivers Nursing and Rehab Center was cited by CMS and the state of Kentucky for multiple violations that caused harm or could have caused harm, to the Home’s residents. Removal from the list could take months or years even if the corrections are made immediately. Twin Rivers will need to undergo multiple scheduled surveys and unannounced inspections to assure the Federal and State governments that the corrections they have made and improvements to their policies, procedures and guidelines are permanent.

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Government Prosecution Of Kentucky Nursing HomeThe Kentucky nursing home at the heart of a recently filed False Claims Act lawsuit, based upon billing patients for ‘worthless services’ has apparently faced similar claims brought by patients’ families in a civil setting.

It seems like the Feds maybe a little late to the party?

As reported by Cincinnati.com, Carespring Health Care Management, the parent company of eight nursing homes in Ohio and Kentucky, has been called out for providing poor care to patients in the past.

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Under a new program initiated by Governor Steve Beshear, Kentuckians will be able to access nursing home inspection reports online.  In addition to clearly identifying who the owner of the each facility is, the website will display recent inspection reports and correction plans submitted by facilities in response to such inspections.

Kentucky Moves To Disclose Information On Nursing Homes While the same reports could have been accessed earlier by the general public by making a request for such information pursuant to the Kentucky Open Records Act, the new disclosure is intended to promote transparency and help increase accessibility to information on nursing homes in the state.

The latest push to improve nursing home transparency comes after the well-publicized investigation by the Lexington Herald-Leader the revealed a lack of action by the state when it comes to prosecuting nursing home injuries and abuse.  Amongst the paper’s findings related to nursing home injuries over the past three years in Kentucky:

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Unsatisfied with the nursing home’s explanation for the dozens of bruises on their 84-year-old grandmother, the family of Armeda Thomas, an 84-year-old resident at Madison Manor Nursing Home decided to place a video camera in the disabled woman’s room.  The video tape confirmed that Thomas was the victim of physical and verbal abuse from the staff at the facility.  The video revealed the following evidence of abusive behavior on the part of nursing home staff:

  • Video Reveals Abuse in Nursing HomeFailed to bathe Thomas
  • Failed to feed Thomas.

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