Illinois Nursing Home Kickback Lawsuit Settles

Each Chicago nursing home neglect attorney at our firm argues vehemently against the unsavory tactics used by so many long-term care facilities that maximize their own profits at the expense of residents who depend on their care. Obviously private facilities are motivated to make a profit. Yet, that does not mean that everything done by those companies to increase their bottom line is acceptable–particularly when so many very vulnerable residents see their quality of life deteriorate as a result.

Residents, their family, friends, and former employees of these institutions must all band together to expose all cut-corners and dangerous practices in order to hold them accountable and ultimately improve the lives of seniors.

Sometimes that accountability comes when whistleblowers break their silence and explain deceptive practices by the facility where they worked. One of the most high-profile examples of this involves a case where a large pharmaceutical firm is alleged to have given millions in kickbacks to a nursing home chain. It is a clear example of the way that the profit-motive for owners and operators often outshines the actual best interests of residents.

Illinois nursing home lawyers know that this particular case is somewhat complex–a testament to the way these sorts of arrangements are often clouded to hide their nature. Specifically, federal officials allege that the pharmaceutical company, Omnicare, grossly inflated the value of another pharmacy company which was controlled by the nursing home owners. Omnicare bought that small pharmacy company, and because of the inflated value, the family received a premium on the sale. Court documents allege that the inflated value–a kickback–amounted to as much as $16 million. The total purchase price for the pharmacy was $32 million. In other words, the allegations argue that the company paid twice as much as the business was actually worth.

Omnicare was willing to give the kickback in order to secure long-term contracts with nearly three dozen local nursing homes. The family either owned or influenced the business decisions of those facilities. The two entities were willing to make whatever decision necessary to help their own bottom line instead of making reasonable decisions based on fair business practices and proper use of funds–mostly provided by taxpayers–to provide care for long-term care.

Recently, according to the Chicago Tribune, Omnicare decided to settle the lawsuit with the federal government. The terms of the agreement have not been publicly disclosed, and it will not be official until approved by the court.

It is important to note that the family which owns the facility continues to fight all allegations made by federal officials. They claim that they did nothing wrong, and the the latest Omnicare settlement was simply a business decision. The family has not been charged with any crimes in the case.

However this all shakes out, each Illinois nursing home lawyer at our firm believes this is an important reminder of the complex nature of money and long-term care quality. Money influences care at so many locations–often as a result of staffing cuts to save on payroll. Beyond staffing, situations like this also arise, where various pharmaceutical and other issues are influenced not by the best interests of the resident but the bottom line of the owner or operator.

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The connection between money and nursing home neglect is well-documented. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys work on many cases where financial incentives are, in one way or another, connected to the underlying harm that seriously injures (or even kills) local seniors. Of course there is no way to entirely take finances out of the long-term care industry, as all business is motivated by profit. However, that does not mean nothing can be done to ensure a better balance between proper care and the pursuit of money for owners and operators of long-term care facilities.

At the very least, it is crucial to discard the canard that these industries are unable to make a profit when reasonable regulations are put into effect to ensure decent care for the seniors who rely on them. Nursing home neglect is simply unacceptable, and it is perfectly reasonable to require conduct that eliminates the most serious risks of harm, even if those requirements come at some cost to the business.

Yet, time and again these companies devote many resources fighting even the most basic requirements that residents receive a certain amount of certified nursing care each day. The problem certainly exists in Illinois. We have often reported on the struggles to actual enforce current nursing home laws. While helpful laws were passed recently with a focus on patient safety, it remains to be seen if those laws are actually followed. Laws are no good on paper–they must translate into actual action. Yet, when large profit margins are on the line, many companies chose to fight every step of the way to maintain the status quo.

These industries can afford it–the largest chains are worth hundreds of millions (or billions) of dollars.

For example, Reuters reported earlier this week on the latest sale in the industry with one company buying a large assisted-living group for $845 million. Specifically, the story reports that Health Care Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. bought the large group of senior living facilities owned by Sunrise Senior Living Inc. It was described as “an all-cash deal to bulk up its assisted living portfolio as affluent baby boomers prepare to retire.” The deal involved 20 wholly owned senior housing communities as well as 105 “joint venture housing properties.”

This latest deal is only one of various large senior center purchases worth hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars.

The story noted that a 2007 law allows these real estate investment trusts (REITs) to grow larger. And they have been doing just that. Specifically, the legislation allows these companies to earn rent on properties they lease to others and then acquire operating income by retaining independent management for a fee.

What does all of this mean to regular community members? Be diligent about the way that money affects the care received by your loved ones–particularly at private facilities involved in these sorts of nursing home conglomerates. Ask almost any Chicago nursing home neglect attorney and they’d likely report working in situations where financial pressures at those homes led to staffing reductions, lax training, and other problems which contributed to mistreatment of residents.

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New Report on Poor Care At Long-Term Care Facility–Reminder of Need for Families to Seek Justice

San Diego nursing home neglect attorneys know that when it comes to mistreatment and abuse of those at long-term care facilities, it is a constant challenge to get those affected to come forward. For many reasons–including their own disabilities–many at these facilities are unable or unlikely to explain when they have been affected by negligent care. For that reason, it is crucial that outside observers provide necessary oversight to ensure problems are addressed. doctor.jpg

Unfortunately, a new report released by the Department of Public Health raises huge red flags regarding the care provided at many of the largest institutions for the developmentally disabled across the state. The stark details laid out in the report are yet another reminder of the crucial role that friends and family play in identifying mistreatment among those who are often unable to stand up to their abusers themselves.

The Report
The latest inspection report was focused on the state’s largest institution for the developmentally disabled, Sonoma Developmental Center. More than 500 residents with a range of mental challenges–like cerebral palsy–live at the facility. But are they getting the basic care they need? The latest report issues a resounding “No.” The full report can be found here.

Words are not minced as the report explains, “Individuals have been abused, neglected, and otherwise mistreated and the facility has not taken steps to protect individuals and prevent reoccurrence.”

On top of that, the Department of Public Health explained that many unnecessary and dangerous restraints were used on many residents. Those restraints are sometimes physical and sometimes chemical (drugs used to lull residents into a stupor). The report makes clear that these tactics are unacceptable as “individual freedoms have been denied or restricted without justification.”

Those of us working on San Diego elder abuse and neglect of those with mental disabilities know that the claims laid out in this report are far from isolated. Sadly, in an attempt to cut corners and maximize profits, many facilities and individual caregivers resort to various practices that both worsen the quality of life of the residents in their care and risk their suffering harmful accidents.

Part of the problem is not only the poor care, but the abysmal internal investigations conducted by the facility to identify and correct the problems. The report summarized by noting that “the facility failed to ensure evidence that all alleged violations and injuries of unknown origin were thoroughly investigated.”

Many suspicious incidents have been swept under the rug.

Hopefully this report will spur necessary changes at the Sonoma Developmental Center and all similar locations. According to the story by California Watch, if the facility does not make immediate changes, it may lose the public funds it needs to operate. Specifically, without upgrades to it patient care and abuse investigation programs the federal funds will be lost in the amount of $160 million–about half of its annual budget.

To receive help throughout our area, please get in touch with the San Marcos injury lawyers at the Walton Law Firm. We will with those in all nearby areas, including Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, and Vista.

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First Johnson & Johnson Depuy Hip Settlements

Over the past two years our Illinois elder abuse attorneys have closely followed all developments with the DePuy hip implant recall. As usually happens in these recall situations, it often takes a considerable length of time (years) before everything shakes out and those hurt by the products or devices are finally able to receive some recovery. Fortunately, as summarized in a recent story by Bloomberg Businessweek, it looks like those hurt by these defective hip implant devices may soon be receiving the redress they need. The first proposed settlements are soon to be reached, according to the latest reports.

A Refresher on the Situation
The problem first drew major public attention years ago when, in August of 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics–owned by Johnson & Johnson–recalled two types of medical hip systems used in hip implants. They were the ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy Hip Resurfacing System. Of course the recall itself was not the first sign of trouble, as studies has piled up which showed that the devices were failing in patients are higher than expected rates. It was only when the dangers of the devices became very clear that the company took action to protect those affected.

The consequences of the dangerous implants were severe for some, including many local residents. At times the device loosened from the bone, causing severe pain, dislocations, and fractures. At other times the two metal parts of the device (the “ball” and “socket”) would rub against one another such that tiny metallic particles would be released into the bloodstream. Those patients faced severe reactions to the particle release, causing pain, swelling, and damages to nerves, muscles, bones, and joints.

Many Depuy hip implant lawsuits were filed after the details emerged. In fact, some patients affected by the dangerous hips are still just learning about the situation and contacting Depuy implant lawyers to learn about their legal options. So far there have been about 8,000 suits filed according to court records.

The Settlements
Some of the earliest suits may be close to settlements. Those familiar with the first three cases filed explain that Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve those first three suits. If true, that means that each claimant would receive about $200,000. The cases were set to go to trial later this year.

However, there is some disagreement about the final total, as these figures represent the “low end” of the spectrum that most experts expected. For example, one business professor who follows legal cases in the pharmaceutical industry argued that the company was going to pay $200,000 to $500,000 per case.

Our Chicago senior injury attorneys advise that while these rumors hint at possible legal action down the road, what happens in one case is not a guarantee of what will happen in any other case. One of the strengths of the civil justice system is the ability to ensure that everyone hurt receives individualized assessment. Even though the underlying problem may be similar, the harm to the individuals may vary considerably.

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Levin & Perconti Retained in Chicago Nursing Home Heat Death Case

The summers can be particularly tough on the senior population. When a heat wave hits our city it is not uncommon to hear stories of elderly individuals living alone who face serious injury or even die as a result of extreme temperatures and poor air cooling options. The elder community members most at risk are those living alone and without extensive social networks. When there are not others to provide help or notice warning signs, then the potential for injury is high.

But that should never happen in a nursing home or assisted living facility, right?

Unfortunately, it does.

Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys know that the quality of care at some facilities lapse to the point where basic risks caused by the heat are not taken into account. When that occurs, the life of residents are at risk

For example, the Illinois elder abuse lawyers at our firm were recently retained by a local family to investigate the death of their father at the Concord Place Retirement & Assisted Living Community in Northlake. The 60-year old man was found unresponsive in early July on the facility’s rooftop greenhouse. He was pronounced dead after being discovered.

The possible cause of death was clear early on. Just four days before the tragedy, the entire facility was fully evacuated over heat wave concerns. There was a power outage at the home caused by storms, rendering the air conditioning units ineffective. Understanding the risk of harm to seniors as a result of high temperatures with no cooling, the residents were properly transferred.

But were they let back in too soon?

As our Chicago nursing home neglect attorney Steve Levin recently noted about the case, even after the return from the evacuation, “the facility remained very warm, with uncomfortable conditions for several days.”

Perhaps most tellingly, Levin explained that several other residents required hospitalization for heat exhaustion even after they arrived back from the evacuation. This may indicate that temperatures inside the facility remained too high for this vulnerable group, causing a rash of injuries and perhaps leading to the untimely death of the resident on the greenhouse roof.

In addition, evidence suggests that the resident in this case was not seen by staff members for at least four hours. That elopment may prove to be the crucial misstep which allowed him to go unnoticed in the greenhouse, even as he faced medical problems.

Taken together all of this strongly indicates possible nursing home negligence. It goes without saying that caregivers at these facilities owe a duty to act reasonably in relation to the residents. That includes ensuring that the environment in which they live is safe. It also means that proper supervision should be provided to residents at all times such that they receive the aid that they need to avoid injury. Unfortunately, that proper care may not have been provided in this case

The investigations into the matter will hopefully uncover the full extent of the problems which led to the tragedy. It is crucial that no other resident at this home suffer similar harm as a result of inadequate care given by those who are paid to provide it.

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AAJ Comment on New CMS “Conditions of Participation”

Nursing home case is quite expensive–few families are able to pay for that care on their own when the time comes. That is why many residents in these facilitate are in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. Payments for the care is usually made by these programs directly to the facility. Our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers know that that is why regulations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) can strongly influence the conduct at these homes. By changing requirements for participation in the program, CMS spur action at most facilities across the country.

Recently, CMS issued changes to its clinical standards and quality review of the conditions of participation. The American Association for Justice (AAJ) commented on the changes, which offers a helpful way to understand how the CMS actions might affect the care actually provided to residents.

In general, the news is good as the comment explained that the “AAJ applauds CMS for taking steps to improve safety standards for nursing home and long-term care residents.”

However, AAJ reminded CMS that it was crucial to consider only changes to regulations what would “increase and incentivize patient safety through improved accountability and transparency.”

Our Illinois nursing home lawyers appreciate that while the change to CMS standards have as a partial goal the need to eliminate redundant, burdensome, or obsolete provisions, there is the risk that crucial accountability tools might be lost. It does not take much extrapolation to consider how this goal could lead to elimination of helpful accountability tools in the name of “efficiency.” This should never be allowed, particularly because of the continued inadequate care received by so many residents.

For example, the AAJ article reminds that of the 1.6 million American in these facilities, 23.5% were rehospitalized within 30 days. Many of those hospitalizations may have been avoidable or related to conditions which could have been treated outside of the hospital. In some cases this is directly connected to nursing home neglect and abuse. Not only are these hospitalizations bad for the residents themselves, but they are quite costly. Some estimates suggest that $4 billion can be saved by improving care at these long-term care facility and minimizing those return trips to the hospital.

It is crucial not to let claims of “overburdensome” CMS requirements allow standards to slip which not only do not address the existing problems but exacerbate them. In fact, many balanced efforts have found that requirements need to be strengthened–not weakened. For example, a 2009 Government Accountability Office report found that many state surveys on nursing home quality noted that many were failing to prevent (or even investigate) “high harm complaints.” This mirrors the experience of our Chicago nursing home attorneys who have worked on many cases where caregivers failed to meet basic safety standards and follow-up properly after accidents.

It is important for all those who care about the long-term care of senior residents to advocate for strong standards from CMS. Nursing homes will do what it takes to keep their income flow. If CMS–which provides that income flow–keeps requirements high, it is likely that residents will benefit from the level of care they deserve.

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Nursing Home Lawsuit Back on After Appellate Ruling

The civil justice is never entirely predictable. Since each case is analyzed on its own merits and involve decisions by different judges and juries, it is impossible to say with specificity exactly how a certain action will end up. At times this leads to a legal roller coaster ride where cases have very big ups and downs. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys know, for example, that a case may even be completely thrown out of court only to come back in after changes are made or an appeal is granted. That appears to be what happened in a high-profile nursing home neglect case out of California.

New Case
According to the SF Gate, the lawsuit involved the owner of over 16 facilities over claims that care at those homes fell below the state’s staffing standards. The civil action was brought by a group of patients under claims that staffing levels were below the required amount at each of those homes at least 35% of the time. The suit seeks financial recovery for each violation of the law, but, more importantly, wants changes to be mandated to ensure patients receive the staffing level to which they are entitled.

At first the lawsuit was thrown out of court. However, a recent unanimous state appeals court ruling disagreed and said that the suit could proceed.

The Legal Issue
The main issue in the nursing home neglect case involves the standing of the parties to bring suit alleging violation of the state staffing standards. In their defense the long-term care facility owner alleged that only state regulators had the power to enforce those staffing standards–not private parties via a civil lawsuit. The lowest court agreed with that argument. The residents appealed.

Last week the appellate court issued an opinion in the case, deciding unanimously that the residents did in fact have the right to force compliance with the staffing requirements. In a logical opinion, the court wrote that residents can “bring actions themselves to remedy violations of their rights” This seems like a common sense notion, but all manner of legal maneuvers are often tried by these facilities in order to avoid accountability for their lack of providing proper care.

Each Illinois nursing home lawyer at our firm appreciates the importance of allowing residents to enforce their own rights. That is because many states have a somewhat mixed record of enforcing laws like this. If a statute is passed requiring improved care standards, it is of no value if the law is ignored and not enforced. Civil lawsuits offer a common-sense and fair way of ensuring those laws are followed and that residents are protected as intended by the legislature.

Expectedly, most state agencies explain that they do not have the necessary funding to meet the high demands of enforcement of these laws. In addition, there are often problem with staff training, with an inability to effectively identify caregiving problems and violations of safety standards. Unfortunately, Illinois has had similar concerns in recent years over proper staffing levels and enforcement of current rules.

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Nursing Home Lawsuit Back on After Appellate Ruling

The civil justice is never entirely predictable. Since each case is analyzed on its own merits and involve decisions by different judges and juries, it is impossible to say with specificity exactly how a certain action will end up. At times this leads to a legal roller coaster ride where cases have very big ups and downs. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys know, for example, that a case may even be completely thrown out of court only to come back in after changes are made or an appeal is granted. That appears to be what happened in a high-profile nursing home neglect case out of California.

New Case
According to the SF Gate, the lawsuit involved the owner of over 16 facilities over claims that care at those homes fell below the state’s staffing standards. The civil action was brought by a group of patients under claims that staffing levels were below the required amount at each of those homes at least 35% of the time. The suit seeks financial recovery for each violation of the law, but, more importantly, wants changes to be mandated to ensure patients receive the staffing level to which they are entitled.

At first the lawsuit was thrown out of court. However, a recent unanimous state appeals court ruling disagreed and said that the suit could proceed.

The Legal Issue
The main issue in the nursing home neglect case involves the standing of the parties to bring suit alleging violation of the state staffing standards. In their defense the long-term care facility owner alleged that only state regulators had the power to enforce those staffing standards–not private parties via a civil lawsuit. The lowest court agreed with that argument. The residents appealed.

Last week the appellate court issued an opinion in the case, deciding unanimously that the residents did in fact have the right to force compliance with the staffing requirements. In a logical opinion, the court wrote that residents can “bring actions themselves to remedy violations of their rights” This seems like a common sense notion, but all manner of legal maneuvers are often tried by these facilities in order to avoid accountability for their lack of providing proper care.

Each Illinois nursing home lawyer at our firm appreciates the importance of allowing residents to enforce their own rights. That is because many states have a somewhat mixed record of enforcing laws like this. If a statute is passed requiring improved care standards, it is of no value if the law is ignored and not enforced. Civil lawsuits offer a common-sense and fair way of ensuring those laws are followed and that residents are protected as intended by the legislature.

Expectedly, most state agencies explain that they do not have the necessary funding to meet the high demands of enforcement of these laws. In addition, there are often problem with staff training, with an inability to effectively identify caregiving problems and violations of safety standards. Unfortunately, Illinois has had similar concerns in recent years over proper staffing levels and enforcement of current rules.

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Settlement Reached In Chicago Nursing Home Neglect Case for $825,000

Each Chicago nursing home lawyer at our firm is proud to work on behalf of seniors and their family members following harmful abuse and neglect. Sadly, our work clearly indicates that we still have a long way to go before the level of care at all senior living facilities is up to par.

Time and again residents are injured or killed as a result of basic lapses in care which could and should have been avoided. Many of these incidents are swept under the rug. This is tragic, because it is usually only with full accountability that changes are made at these homes to prevent repeat occurrences. One on hand it is understandable for some families to avoid pressing their rights as there is a perception that the healing process is made harder when legal issues are raised. Yet, on the other hand, it is critical to ensure the rights of the one hurt are respected to the end–including protecting their rights even after a passing. No matter what there is nothing to lose by visiting with a nursing home neglect lawyer to share your story and learn what options are available before making a final decision.

Latest Settlement
Our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys recently settled another case on behalf of a local family whose loved one died as a result of negligent care. The resident lived at the defendant facility for a seven and a half month stretch, from January 2007 to August 2007. Sadly, the care she experienced at the home appeared to be chronically bad.

For example, during that stay she had at least six different falls. The eighty-eight year old resident, like most her age, had some mobility problems. Preventing those falls is of obvious and paramount importance to caregivers at these facilities. It is particularly crucial for steps to taken to help those who have repeat falls. While a fall may seem like a small accident, to a 88-year old woman a single fall can prove incredibly harmful.

In this case, the facility in question did not create a care plan to prevent the falls or address her risk. It was not until her final fall–in August of 2007–that anything was done. The fall was particularly harmful. The senior’s eye literally burst in the incident, requiring an “eye enucleation” surgery. As is common when a senior requires extensive medical care, serious complications arose. She eventually suffered several cardiac arrhythmias and developed pneumonia while staying at the hospital. The string of medical problems–all arising from the fall–eventually proved too much for the senior to take. She passed away less than a month following her final fall at the facility.

The woman’s seven children eventually sought out the help of our Chicago nursing home attorneys to demand accountability. Recently, a settlement was reached with the facility for the full amount of the eroding insurance policy, over $800,000. The accountability will hopefully spur changes so that serious fall risks are actually addressed at the facility before they cause serious harm to the seniors at the home.

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Two Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers at our firm recently settled a case on behalf of relatives of an individual who passed away after a stay at a local nursing home. The story is yet another reminder of the consequences of poor care received by these residents, and the vital importance of ensuring proper accountability when mistakes lead to serious harm.

In this case the resident first entered the defendant-facility, Renaissance Parks South (formerly Halsted Terrace Nursing), in the summer of 2005. He lived at the home for the next four and a half years. In the middle of this stay (October of 2007) the man was diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer. To help treat the cancer the resident’s oncologist soon prescribed him a medication known as Gleevec. The treatment plan was straight-forward. The resident was to receive the medication regularly, with monthly appointments scheduled with the oncologist. The prescription would be refilled following each of those appointments, as a one-month supply was provided at a time.

Initially, the treatment seemed to be working as hoped. A few months after the diagnosis and beginning of treatment the tumor had shrunk in size. But, in investigating the case our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys learned that problems arose shortly after the encouraging status update.

The regular monthly oncologist visit took place at the end of January in 2008 where his medication was re-filled. Yet, the February visit did not take place. As a result, the resident did not have his prescription re-filled, and it ran out in late February or early March. This oversight would prove quite costly, as the resident failed to receive the crucial treatments he needed to fight the cancer. He did not go back to the oncologist or receive his Gleevec medication for the rest of the year.

Making matters worse, the resident’s care chart at the facility wrongly indicated that Gleevec was given to the man throughout the year. Nursing home abuse lawyers know that false charting is quite common at these facilities.

In fact, it was not until a new staff member discovered that the Gleevec was not available (in early 2009) that the man finally went back to the oncologist–nearly a year after his last visit. By then, the lack of treatment for nearly a year allowed the cancer to grow and spread. The man’s prognosis was significantly downgraded in subsequent medical visits. Medical teams did the best they could to fight the spreading cancer, but the man ultimately died from complications in early 2010.

The man’s family–several siblings and a niece–sought out the help of our Illinois nursing home attorneys after the passing. A lawsuit was filed to hold the facility accountable for its conduct that led to the untimely death. Last month a settlement with the facility was reached to provide redress without the need to go to trial. The family will receive the maximum amount allowed by an eroding insurance policy, over $917,000. Hopefully, the effort will ensure this sort of basic oversight never happens again or causes injury to other residents at the home.

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