Vulnerable Populations Pay the Price as U.S. Nursing Home Chains Crumble Under Risky Financial Choices
The Long Term Care Community Coalition, in partnership with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, is preparing a strong agenda for 2019 starting with a joint statement concerning the chaos that has occurred in the nursing home industry as operators, even those of large care groups, are undertaking money hungry risks at the cost of their own staff resources and vulnerable patient residents. The joint statement highlighted investigative findings reported by The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times of these U.S. nursing homes chains.
- The Carlyle Group bought HCR ManorCare and each year since the number of health deficiencies at the chain rose 26 percent. The Carlyle Group then went on to sell ManorCare’s real estate collection for more than $6 billion dollars but inevitably faced bankruptcy in 2018 after not being able to pay rent to the new owners.
- Poor management and lack of following care policies and protocols put Skyline Healthcare’s nursing homes in ultimate jeopardy. The multi-state nursing home system was in financial distress and put residents in danger after being taken over through “risky receiverships and rapid-fire sales.”
- Golden Living is a nursing home chain that was sued by the Pennsylvania Attorney General and taken to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2015. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the lawsuit stated that “Golden Living was guilty of deceptive advertising in Pennsylvania in that it promised decent care but did not deliver it.”
- An ongoing feature in The New York Times explained that “owners of nursing homes outsource a wide variety of goods and services to companies in which they have a financial interest or that they control,” and that nursing homes tend to be understaffed and “have higher rates of patient injuries and unsafe practices, and they are the subject of complaints almost twice as often as independent homes.”
The full joint statement from the advocacy groups is also available at https://nursinghome411.org/ltccc-comments/.
Unfortunately, the nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti know all too well that the result of greedy nursing home ownership is too often felt by vulnerable residents who are left to suffer as huge sums of money is haphazardly thrown into investments and corporate webs versus what is fed into patient care. The egregious financial and property exploited through the stories highlighted in this statement are maddening reminders that anyone involved in nursing home care, even those behind the scenes, can be greedy, dishonest and abuse their power.
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