How the worst nursing home offenses are hidden from the public

The public never found out that inspectors cited another New Jersey nursing home, Rehab at River’s Edge, for failing to protect a fragile resident who fell seven times, breaking her foot at one point given.

And the public never found out that a resident of the Golden Living Center retirement home in Morgantown, Va., Crashed to the ground and died after staff mistakenly removed the gates from bed safety.

In all three cases, the findings of state inspectors were upheld by a federal judge.

Mr Blum, the head of CMS, did not explain why such quotes never appeared on Care Compare. He said the agency was working to resolve the issue. (All three homes declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment. Golden Living is under new management.)

Dr David Gifford, chief medical officer of the American Health Care Association, which represents the nursing home industry, said group members believed the appeals process should be faster and more transparent. He said Medicare should not publish the results of the disputed inspections.

On paper, Hilltop Rehabilitation, a sprawling ranch-style retirement home in Weatherford, Texas, seems like a place where nothing ever goes wrong. On Medicare’s assessment website, the facility has achieved the highest scores in its health inspections for four consecutive years, without committing a single serious violation.

What’s missing in this photo, however, is what happened to Alan Hart’s mother Laverne.

In 2014, he placed the 87-year-old retired children’s author with dementia in Hilltop because he was struggling to care for her on his own.

Mr Hart said it broke his heart to move her, but he believed she would be in good hands in the five-star nursing home, which planned to keep her on a guarded and locked floor.

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