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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Overview

Marsters Lawsuit

Marsters Lawsuit Settlement Agreement Reached April 16, 2024 Today, the Settlement Agreement regarding the Marsters v. Healey lawsuit was announced. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of disabled persons residing in Massachusetts nursing homes who wanted assistance to return to living in the community as called for in the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead Decision. […]

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2024-04-09 Spotlight: Care At Risk: Upheaval in the Nursing Home Industry

Care At Risk: Upheaval in the Nursing Home Industrywww.GoodJobsFirst.org By Siobhan StandaertDecember 2023 Executive SummaryA small group of lesser-known nursing home chains with poor patient safety records are taking over a growing share of the long-term care industry as some of the larger players abandon the business. Federal and state regulators have been slow to keep […]

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Housing News Testimony

DignityMA TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF H. 4138 – The Affordable Homes Act

Joint Legislative Committee on Bonding, Capital Debt and State AssetsApril 2, 2024 Download (docx) Testimony in Support of H. 4138 – The Affordable Homes Act Dignity Alliance Massachusetts applauds the Healey-Driscoll Administration for their leadership in addressing the issue of housing as proposed in House Bill No. 4138 – the Affordable Homes Act.  The legislation […]

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Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-03-19 Spotlight: How for-profit nursing home regulators can use the powers they already have to fix growing problems with poor-quality care

By Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, University of San FranciscoThe Conversation, March 14, 2024 Governments at both state and federal levels have yet to fully wield their authority to fight poor-quality care at for-profit nursing homes nationwide, leaving the pressing need for elder care accountability unmet. Medicare has the power to improve financial accountability at nursing […]

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2024-03-19 Spotlight: For-profit nursing homes are cutting corners on safety and draining resources with financial shenanigans − especially at midsize chains that dodge public scrutiny

By Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, University of San Francisco, and investigative journalist Sean CampbellThe Conversation, March 14, 2024 For-profit nursing homes are cutting corners on safety and draining resources with financial shenanigans − especially at midsize chains that dodge public scrutiny The care at Landmark of Louisville Rehabilitation and Nursing was abysmal when state inspectors […]

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Facilities News Spotlight

2024-03-11 Spotlight: The ‘hidden profits’ in the nursing home industry

University of California Los AngelesBy Dr. Ashvin Gandhi and Dr. Andrew OlenskiMarch 4, 2024Summary prepared by Becker’s Hospital Review A recent study led by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles study found reported nursing home profits may reflect only 37.1% of total profits as of 2019, suggesting a practice of profit extraction from […]

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Housing Long Term Services and Support News Overview

Benjamin Healthcare Center Saga

The news below, on Benjamin Healthcare Center’s announced closing, is listed most recent first. DignityMA Offers Help to Attorney Feaster Below are excerpts from an April 5 email sent to Attorney Feaster as he begins to navigate the conditions and options at Benjamin Health Care Center. Best case is for the Center to remain open, […]

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Facilities News Perspective

DignityMA Globe Letters on Private Equity

Both former Senator Richard Moore and Margaret Morganroth Gullette published Letters to the Editor in the March 5 Boston Globe in response to several articles on the problems of Steward Health Care and private equity. Both letters are reprinted below. For-profit tendrils are making their way into nursing homes, other sites by Richard T. Moore […]

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Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-03-05 Spotlight: Shedding Light on Nursing Home Industry Spending and Profits

Shedding Light on Nursing Home Industry Spending and Profits Long Term Care Community ConnectionTuesday, March 19, 2024, 1:00 p.m. On this program, Tyler Braun (Weill Cornell Medical College) discusses findings of a new study that unveils the obscured financial landscape of U.S. nursing homes. Register for LTCCC’s March 19 Webinar

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Advocacy Facilities Long Term Services and Support News

DignityMA meets with DPH and EOHHS

On February 2, several DignityMA members met with Secretary Kate Walsh of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Dr. Robert Goldstein, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health. DignityMA presented their thoughts and recommendations regarding various issues affecting the delivery of long-term services and care in the Commonwealth especially those involving nursing […]