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No Guarantee of Workers’ Comp Benefits For Essential Workers

WASHINGTON — Lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes, essential workers who get the coronavirus on the job have no guarantee in most states they’ll qualify for workers’ compensation to cover lost wages and medical care. Fewer than …

U.S. Issues First Coronavirus Workplace Guidance to Nursing Homes

The U.S. Department of Labor issued its first workplace guidance to nursing homes on Thursday since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country and ravaged care facilities, saying residents, staff and visitors should keep 6 feet (1.83 meters) apart. The alert …

Focus on Nursing Home Workers Amid Continued Virus Outbreaks

For nearly two months, many nursing homes nationwide have been on virtual lockdown. Families of residents are not allowed inside, vendors have to drop deliveries outside and the only people coming in and out are health care workers and assistants. …

Three Charged in Florida Nursing Home Deaths Surrender

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Three people, including two nurses, of a Florida nursing home where 12 people died in sweltering heat turned themselves in on Monday to face charges, their attorneys said. A total of four people employed at Rehabilitation …

Nursing Home Risks Heightened by Staffing Fluctuations

Researchers who discovered large daily staffing fluctuations, low weekend staffing and daily staffing levels that often fall well below the expectations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) say the situation can increase the risk of adverse events …

Registered Nurses More Likely to Identify High-Risk Medication Discrepancies in Elderly Patients

Nearly 66 percent of all adverse events experienced by nursing home residents, such as falls, delirium and hallucinations, could be prevented, in part, by monitoring medication more closely. In nursing homes, both registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) …

North Dakota Nursing Home at Fault for Hepatitis Outbreak

The Minot, N.D., nursing home where dozens of residents contracted hepatitis C last year has filed a lawsuit against Trinity Health that claims the health care provider is responsible for the outbreak. Forty-six people were infected last year with the …

West Virginia Nursing Home Challenges $91M Jury Award

A Charleston nursing home is challenging a $91 million damage award in a lawsuit stemming from the death of an elderly woman hours after she left the facility. Lawyers for Heartland of Charleston claim in a recent court filing that …

Nursing Home Case Spotlights West Virginia’s Malpractice Damages Cap

Lawyers for a West Virginia nursing home are preparing to take a case to the state’s Supreme Court on the grounds that a $91.5 million jury award should be reduced under the state’s medical malpractice law. In August, after a …