Underfunded Glenshire Nursing Home Continues with “Bad Record”
Steve Levin, founder and senior partner at Levin & Perconti, recently spoke with FOX32 to support the news outlet’s investigative report covering trending problems for Illinois’ nursing homes stemming from a backlog and delay in Medicaid funding. One facility highlighted was Glenshire Nursing Home and Rehabilitation. Levin recently handled a case for the family of 44-year-old Parnell Benjamin who died last October due to neglect.
Parnell Benjamin had suffered a stroke prior to his admittance to Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation. His family had hoped that the nursing home could provide the round-the-clock care that he now required. Just four days later he died from hyperthermia after staff repeatedly noted excessive temperatures within the facility but did nothing to prevent residents from the unsafe environment. Parnell Benjamin’s body temperature soared to 108 degrees and he was one of two residents who died as a result of the dangerous neglect from staff. Seven additional residents suffered serious injuries.
Levin told FOX32 that upon working on Mr. Benjamin’s case, “What we found was a horror story. He literally overheated and died as a result of extremely high temperatures in the facility …. This nursing home has a very bad record.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is responsible for regulating nursing homes. IDPH has given Glenshire the lowest rating of one-star mostly due to staffing issues and lack in quality of patient care.
Backlogged Medicaid Payments Heighten Patient Care Issues
Medicaid is the main source of funding for 6 out of 10 nursing home residents and the program is the largest single payer of nursing home care in this country. Glenshire operates mostly under Medicare or Medicaid payments eligible to a majority of its residents, but the facility needs to get paid by the government in order for that to happen.
FOX32 report says a comptroller’s review from 2018 calculated $300 million dollars in Medicaid payments for nursing homes as backlogged. When this happens, many facilities go without funding to pay for staff and care for residents depletes. Currently, there are 3,042,715 Illinois residents enrolled in the state’s Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program.
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