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Injured Riverside Heights Healthcare Center Residents Seeking Compensation

Both the State of California and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conduct routine surveys and unannounced inspections to identify serious violations, health concerns, and deficiencies. When problems are found, the nursing home must make significant improvements to rectify the issues and undergo a follow-up inspection.

Some nursing homes have serious underlying problems that lead to severe harm or death of a resident. When this occurs, state and federal nursing home regulators can place the facility on the national Medicare watch list and designate the Home as a Special Focus Facility (SFF). The center will remain on the watch list and maintain its designation while undergoing many additional inspections, surveys, and investigations into filed formal complaints.

Attorneys Representing Injured Residents of Providence Mt. Rubidoux

To ensure the public remains fully informed, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state of California conduct routine unannounced visits, inspections, and surveys of every nursing home statewide. Their efforts help to identify serious concerns, abuse, violations, and deficiencies. When problems are found, the nursing facility is afforded the opportunity to make prompt significant improvements to the level of care they provide or face monetary consequences.

In egregious cases, nursing home regulators may designate the Home as a Special Focus Facility (SFF) and place the Center on the federal Medicare watch list. This designation alerts the facility that their unacceptable substandard of nursing care will no longer be tolerated. If improvements are not made within the appropriate timeframe, the facility may be required to sell their operation to another company in good standing or lose their contract to provide care to Medicare and Medicaid-funded patients.

Injured Residents of Bakersfield Healthcare Center Seek to Obtain Financial Compensation

Both the State of California and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conduct routine investigations, surveys and inspections of every nursing facility statewide. The results of their inspections often help identify serious safety concerns, health violations, and deficiencies. When the Center is found to be deficient and violating state and federal nursing home regulations, they are required to make prompt changes to the level of care they provide residents and revise their policies and procedures that reflect compliance with the law.

Unfortunately, some nursing home facilities are unwilling or unable to make necessary corrections and changes. In these cases, nursing home regulators will designate the Center a Special Focus Facility (SFF) and add the Home to the federal Medicare watch list. Additionally, the nursing facility must undergo many more inspections than normal. If the nursing home remains out of compliance, the owners can be forced to sell their operation to another company in good standing or lose their contract with Medicare and Medicaid to provide services to federally-funded patients.

Lawyers Representing Injured Victims of La Mariposa Care and Rehab Center

To ensure nursing homes remain compliant, the federal government through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of California conduct routine surveys and inspections. The efforts of the regulators help to identify minor to serious violations and deficiencies that must be corrected to ensure the health and well-being of every resident are maintained.

The level of care at some facilities nationwide are so far below average as to mandate immediate changes. The regulators of Medicare and Medicaid designate these nursing homes as Special Focus Facilities (SFF). This undesirable designation identifies the facility as a nursing home that provides significantly inadequate quality of care.

Attorneys for SFF Flagship Healthcare Center Injured Victims

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) categorize problematic nursing homes as Special Focus Facilities (SFF) until the Centers have taken appropriate measures to correct serious issues while providing care to their residents. The federal agency utilizes their “progressive enforcement” policies and procedures and monitors each facility to check for improvements.

When the Home’s quality of care has been elevated to appropriate levels, the facility can be removed from the SFF designation. Until then, State surveyors will often show up unannounced multiple times throughout the year or arrive unexpectedly to investigate a formal complaint.

Attorneys for SFF Riverside Heights Health Care Center Injured Victims

Some nursing homes in California are categorized as Special Focus Facilities by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because they failed to provide minimal standards of care to their residents. By law, these facilities must take appropriate measures to ensure that all problems are immediately corrected to help maintain the health and well-being of those under their care. To ensure much-needed policies and procedures are enforced, the federal agency routinely monitors the nursing home using surveyors and investigators. These surveys are conducted through scheduled appointments and unexpected investigations anytime throughout the year when inquiring about formally filed complaints.

Currently, Riverside Heights Health Care Center is designated as a Special Focus Facility because of serious safety problems that routinely occurred at the nursing home. The Healthcare Center was given the opportunity to take appropriate measures to develop, implement and enforce affected policies and procedures to ensure that every resident receives at least the basic standards of care without the potential of being harmed, injured or killed by preventable conditions, hazards, and dangers.

Lawyers for SFF San Fernando Post-Acute Hospital Injured Victims

The State of California and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) routinely make unannounced visits at nursing facilities throughout the state to ensure they are providing every resident the highest quality of care as defined by nursing home regulations. These inspections and surveys can identify any deficiency in the level of care the residents receive. When the deficiency is identified, the problem must be corrected, or the facility faces contractual termination with Medicare and Medicaid.

Currently, the San Fernando Post-Acute Hospital has been designated a Special Focus Facility (SFF), meaning it has a history of serious healthcare quality problems. The CMS gives the facility the opportunity to correct these issues and establish a better foundation for providing the basic minimums of care for every resident. Before the facility’s designation can be removed, the Home must pass multiple surveys and investigations over the course of months or years. These issues involve problems that could cause minor to severe harm, injury or death of one or more residents.

One of the the emerging trends in nursing home care is the proliferation of care facilities that commonly hold themselves out to be nursing home alternatives.  Many of these facilities have arisen in response to consumer demand for facilities that offer a less institutional feel and a cost far-less than traditional skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes).

Residential Care Facilities For The Elderly In CaliforniaDepending on where you live, some of these facilities may be know as group homes or residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE).  They are simply not called skilled nursing facilities, because they do not offer any nursing or medical care to patients.

Certainly in some circumstances, these nursing home alternatives can offer a tremendous opportunity for elderly people who may not require the level of care provided in nursing homes.  However, despite the differences between nursing homes and RCFE’s on paper, I am beginning to see more and more instances where these alternative care facilities providing inferior care in the following circumstances:

Screen-shot-2010-08-08-at-8_07_49-AMToo little, too late– best summarizes Pilgrim Haven Health Facility of Los Angeles, reaction to fall-prevention measures suggested by a patient’s physician and the facility itself.  The omissions appear to be responsible for the fall-related death of an 85-year-old man and have initiated a substantial fine by the California Department of Health.

In the course of investigating the death of the elderly patient, authorities determined that Pilgrim Health made numerous errors with respect to its medical treatment of a patient with a history of falling.

After an initial fall in October, 2009, fall precautions were order by the man’s physician and by Pilgrim Health itself.  The physician instructed the nursing home to use an electronic fall monitor on the patient and the facility noted that the man should have his walker within reach at all times and should further be supervised while walking.

Picture-242The California Department of Health has issued a “AA” citation and a $90,000 fine to Fallbrook Hospital District Skilled Nursing Facility after a patient fell and subsequently died at the San Diego, CA nursing home.  According to director of public health director, Dr. Mark Horton, a state investigation determined that the facility failed to implement a plan of care to prevent the patient’s injury.

The California Department of Heath has the statutory authority to impose fines against nursing facilities it licenses as part of enforcement remedies for poor care. State citations that require a civil monetary penalty be imposed are categorized as Class B, A or AA. The associated fines range from $100 to $1,000 for Class B, $2,000 to $20,000 for Class A and $25,000 to $100,000 for Class AA. The citation class and amount of the fine depend upon the significance and severity of the substantiated violation, as prescribed and defined in California law.

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