Several of Nebraska’s nursing homes have had serious deficiencies reported against them, many including violations of state and federal law in ways that caused a resident serious harm or death. It is also important to note that nursing home care in Nebraska is getting worse over the years, not better.

More than 90% of Nebraska nursing homes were cited for violations of state and federal law in 2014.

If your loved one has suffered neglect, injury, mental abuse, physical abuse, or even death at a care facility it’s time to call a nursing home abuse attorney.

Families for Better Care: Ratings

Families for Better Care (FBC) is a non-profit citizen advocacy group that tasks itself with rating all nursing homes in the country. It issues report cards, giving each state’s nursing homes an overall letter grade between “A” and “F.” In 2014, the most recent year for which grades are available, Nebraska received an overall grade of “C” and ranked 21 out of 50 of all states.

The bad news is that in the year before, Nebraska received a “B” and ranked 13. It is disturbing that instead of nursing home care improving in Nebraska, it is getting worse. Some of the specific problems Families for Better Care found include:

  • Although the number of nursing staff seemed to be acceptable, they were graded “D” in the amount of time nursing staff spent with each resident.
  • More than 90% of nursing homes were cited for deficiencies, which means they were in violation of state or federal law.
  • 60% of all homes were below average in health inspections.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Nebraska Ranking

CMS rates nursing homes on a five-star scale based on home inspection reports, quality of nursing staff and how the clinical and physical needs of the patients are met. Nebraska’s current star rating is 3.3 and CMS ranks Nebraska’s home as 32nd out of all 50 states.

Specific Problems in Nebraska Nursing Homes Found by CMS

  • There were a total of 3,914 deficiencies and 12 were considered serious, meaning that  a resident was in “immediate jeopardy” of suffering serious harm or death due to abuse or neglect.
  • Sixteen fines were imposed, meaning a deficiency was not corrected within the time given the facility to correct it.
  • In 26 instances, CMS suspended payment to the home because the deficiency was not corrected.

Who is in Charge of Regulating and Licensing Nebraska Nursing Homes?

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medicaid and Long-term Care is in charge of licensing and monitoring nursing homes in the state. It has a Long-term Care Ombudsman to advocate for the rights of those in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Complaints may be submitted to the Ombudsman who will evaluate the complaints and verify if they are valid.  In 2014, the Ombudsman verified 80% of all complaints.

Where Can I Get Help Filing a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit?

If you or a loved on suffered injury from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect at an elderly care or memory care facility call a nursing home abuse lawyer right away. Hold the wrongdoers accountable and seek justice for the indecencies sustained by your elderly loved one. Our aggressive team of attorneys has over 30 years of experience fighting for victims of nursing home neglect, mistreatment, and abuse. Call Baron & Budd today to schedule a free case review.

Nebraska Nursing Homes on the SFF Watch List

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Omaha

Montclair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

2525 South 135th Avenue

Omaha, NE 68144

Sources

http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/serious-deficiencies-in-nursing-facilities-are-understated-and-the-problem-may-get-worse

http://projects.propublica.org/nursing-homes/summary

http://nursinghomereportcards.com/state/ne

http://www.skillednursingfacilities.org/directory/ne/

https://www.cms.gov/medicare/provider-enrollment-and-certification/certificationandcomplianc/fsqrs.html

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationEnforcement/Downloads/NH-Enforcement-FAQ.pdf

http://nursinghomereportcards.com/grading-methodology/

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