A double murder occurred late Tuesday night in a Houston nursing home room shared by four men, according to local authorities. Police arrested Guillermo Correa on suspicion of beating two of his roommates to death. The weapon was allegedly Correa’s wheelchair armrest. A police spokesman said the 56-year-old likely would be charged with capital murder.
Laptops and other mobile devices containing personal health information have been stolen from long-term care ombudsman programs and other healthcare organizations, including from Concentra Health Services and QCA Health Plan Inc. Now, Concentra and QCA have agreed to legal settlements totaling nearly $2 million, federal authorities announced Tuesday.
The nation’s top Medicare official, Jonathan Blum, is leaving his post next month, news outlets reported Tuesday. Blum became a familiar figure to long-term care providers through Open Door Forum calls and other outreach efforts during his five-year tenure, as he guided implementation of Medicare reforms under the Affordable Care Act.
What may appear to be minor administrative problems in a nursing home – a fax machine locked away at night or no one designated to copy paperwork – can cause major headaches in care transitions, a geriatrician warned in a webinar Thursday. “The most minute things can ruin a good transition,” said James Lett II, M.D., a geriatrician and past president of the American Medical Directors Association – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.