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April 12, 1989
Two nursing home associations filed suit to block a federal rule they said could result in discharging and leaving homeless more than 200,000 mentally ill and retarded patients from nursing homes. The American Assn. of Homes for the Aging and the American Health Care Assn. filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Louis W. Sullivan. It asks the court to halt implementation of a portion of the budget legislation of 1987 requiring all nursing homes to begin refusing admission to mentally ill or mentally retarded patients and to discharge such patients living at the facility less than 30 months.
March 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County supervisors ordered an audit Tuesday of how the county's Public Health Department investigates complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes. Members of the county board sharply criticized health officials over a report that complaints were not always thoroughly investigated. An investigation by Kaiser Health News found that public health officials told inspectors to close certain cases without fully investigating them in an effort to reduce a backlog.
June 10, 1989 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
The nation's largest nursing home chain, Beverly Enterprises, on Friday agreed to sell its sizable Arkansas and Iowa operations to an Amarillo, Tex., partnership. Beverly said proceeds from the sale of 80 nursing homes and four retirement villas to Ventana Investments would be used to reduce its $938-million debt. The price wasn't disclosed. During the past 18 months, Pasadena-based Beverly has sold operations in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Vermont as part of a plan to shrink the size of the company and lower its debt.
March 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County supervisors ordered an audit Tuesday of the way the county's public health department investigates complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes. The officials sharply criticized public health officials over a report that complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes are not always thoroughly investigated. An investigation by Kaiser Health News found that public health officials told inspectors to close certain cases without fully investigating them in an effort to reduce a backlog.
The court-appointed manager of a bankrupt Reseda nursing home that abruptly evicted its 63 residents Friday night had failed in last-minute negotiations to sell the facility and contends that there was not enough cash to run it even one more day, authorities said Saturday. Two other nursing homes owned by the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Phoenix Health Group, in Alta Loma and Long Beach, could face closures this week, depending on the outcome of a Monday morning hearing in U.S.
June 6, 1999
"Seeking a Remedy for Nursing Homes' Ills" (May 28) did an outstanding job in revealing the need for nursing home reform. At one time, nursing homes were adequately staffed and care was given to patients. However, since the industry became big business, caring for the "bottom line" is more important than caring for the patient's "bottom." This must stop, and the best way is to urge state legislators to pass AB 1160, the Nursing Home Reform Act, when it comes to the floor for a vote.
January 10, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Nursing homes are shutting down across the country – but not in a uniform pattern that spreads the burden evenly across all sectors of society, according to a new report. Researchers from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and Drexel University in Philadelphia examined government data on nursing home closures in the U.S. between 1999 and 2008. During that decade, 2,902 nursing homes went out of business, eliminating 184,264 beds. Though new facilities made 87,362 additional beds available in that period, the net loss of 96,902 amounted to a 5% reduction in total supply.
January 19, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County supervisors have asked state officials to compel California nursing homes to prominently post their new federal star ratings, much in the way restaurants display letter grades. But the proposal faces opposition from patient advocates and nursing home officials who fault the five-star ratings system that went into effect last month, saying it overlooks significant violations and sometimes penalizes well-run nursing homes.
February 2, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
At least two people were injured late Sunday when a vehicle rammed into a senior care center in Palms. The vehicle struck the convalescent home in the 3500 block of Overland Avenue about 10:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear if the injured were resident. CBS 2 reported that the car had backed into the home and that responders found one person pinned under the vehicle. The driver also sustained minor injuries, the station reported.
November 19, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A Mission Viejo-based nursing-home operator has agreed to pay $48 million to settle allegations that he submitted inflated bills to Medicare for therapy sessions that were unnecessary or never took place, prosecutors said. The federal settlement agreement with Ensign Group Inc., which operates nursing homes across the West Coast, was unsealed late Monday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. The case stems from two whistle-blower lawsuits filed by a pair of former Ensign employees, the U.S. attorney's office said.
May 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney
An Oakland nursing home was reeling Monday as staff and residents assessed the magnitude of their loss: Eight of the nurses involved in a deadly limousine fire had ties to the home. Four of them were killed. Officials at the Fruitvale Healthcare Center said two of the dead and two of the injured were still working  there, and two others who were killed and two others who were injured were former employees. "We are still in the process of learning the facts and circumstances surrounding this horrific event," the center's spokeswoman, Annaliese Impink, wrote in a statement.
April 3, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
The financial toll of caring for Americans with dementia adds up to at least $159 billion a year, making it more expensive than treatments for patients with heart disease or cancer, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dementia is characterized by a group of symptoms that prevent people from carrying out the tasks of daily living. Reduced mental function makes it impossible for them to do things like keep track of their medications or their finances.
March 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The long-term care facility operated by the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which in previous years faced criticism from nursing home advocates over quality of care issues and staffing levels, got some good news this week. U.S. News & World Report placed the fund's nursing home, which caters to entertainment industry workers and was once slated for closure, on its 2013 list of "Best Nursing Homes in California. " The facility, known as Motion Picture Home, received a five-star rating from U.S. News & World Report for having quality measures and nurse staff levels above state and national averages, the fund announced in a statement.
November 7, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali
NEW YORK -- Students returned to classes Wednesday at one of New York City's elite high schools even as their cafeteria and some classrooms remained occupied by more than 200 evacuees from Superstorm Sandy. The seventh and eighth floors of Brooklyn Technical High School continued to house patients from two nursing homes that remain uninhabitable after Sandy blasted the region last Monday. At the height of the crisis the school housed about 600 evacuees from Coney Island, the Rockaways and other hard-hit areas of Brooklyn and Queens.
April 11, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Maybe Nicki Minaj will help save us from Alzheimer's someday. A YouTube video now making waves features an elderly man in a nursing home who doesn't recognize his daughter when she greets him. His name is Henry and he's slumped over in his chair. He barely answers questions. Then someone gives him an iPod and everything changes. He begins to dance in his seat. He hums along with the music.
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