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Part 2: Illinois Nursing Homes with High COVID-19 Case Numbers (Facilities M thru Z) Not only are elderly groups at a high risk of being infected by — and dying from — the coronavirus, many people linked to nursing homes also die at a higher rate than the general population. At least 152,000 coronavirus deaths have been reported among residents and employees of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States since the pandemic began in February 2020. The virus has now infected more than 1,234,000 people at some 31,000 facilities nationwide. And the total…
Part 1: Illinois Nursing Homes with High COVID-19 Case Numbers (Facilities A thru L) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 40% of coronavirus deaths nationwide have occurred in long-term care facilities. And numbers show more than half of Illinois COVID-19 infections have occurred at nursing homes, while 43% of all COVID-19 deaths are tied to a long-term care facility. Using Illinois Department of Public Health data (Feb. 9, 2021), the nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti have released the first part of a two-post series listing statewide long-term care facilities (beginning with…
Nursing Homes Do Not Have a Right to Resident Stimulus Funds Unfortunately, financial abuse is a common problem in nursing homes across the country, including right here in Illinois. And after thousands of reports to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), we now know that some nursing home facilities and long-term care homes are attempting to take pandemic stimulus payments intended for residents. Residents who rely on Medicaid remain easy and effortless targets even though these facilities have no right to claim residents’ stimulus checks. The FTC said in a January 4, 2021 statement: Continue reading ›
Levin & Perconti Representing Bloomington Family After COVID-19-Related Nursing Home Death In May 2020, Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health, located at 1925 South Main Street in Bloomington, was home to a COVID-19 outbreak that resulted in 59 confirmed cases among staff and residents and the death of 11 residents. Levin & Perconti is representing the family of one of those residents. Marlene Cowans-Hill, a 72-year-old woman from Bloomington, was a resident at the long-term care facility when the outbreak occurred. Levin & Perconti lawyers filed the lawsuit against the facility’s parent company, Petersen Health Care, on November 20, 2020, alleging “gross…
Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines for Illinois Nursing Home Families Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), consistent with federal agency standards, recommends residents of long-term care facilities be included among those offered the first supply of COVID-19 vaccines. As a result, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for residents of long-term care facilities has been occurring in Phase 1A since the distribution began on December 28, 2020. The state has been using the federal government’s nursing home and long-term care vaccination program alongside Walgreens and CVS pharmacies in charge of administering the vaccine to residents. The state health agency reports…
Former Chicago Nursing Home Executive Has Sentence Commuted After Found Guilty of Largest U.S. Medicare Fraud Scheme Philip Esformes, who used to be a well-known Chicago-area nursing home mogul, also known as the King of Medicaid Fraud, was released from prison after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence on December 22, 2020. The Presidential commutation disturbingly lessened the former executive’s criminal sentence, without vacating the conviction itself. Esformes, 51, was arrested in 2016 for various acts of criminal conduct tied to a $1.3 billion Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme found through a complex web of bank accounts and systemic payment…
Levin & Perconti Represents Families Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak at Illinois Veterans’ Home The recent COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run veterans’ home in LaSalle, several investigations, and the subsequent firing of the home’s administrator, has triggered legal action directed at Illinois officials by the families of at least five dead residents. Levin & Perconti will represent the families, several of whom have described their personal tragedies with tremendous anger and frustration and overwhelming sadness, grief, and sorrow. In an interview with Chicago’s ABC7 I-Team on December 22, Mike Bonamarte expressed tremendous and urgent concern of the situation, saying that…
Fashion Executive Charged with Sex Trafficking Crimes Against Women and Young Girls On Tuesday, December 15, the U.S. attorney’s office, the F.B.I., and the New York Police Department charged an influential and wealthy fashion executive with sex trafficking, racketeering conspiracy, and several other related crimes that involved dozens of women and girls as young as 14 over a 25-year-period. More than 80 women from the United States, the Bahamas, and Canada have signed on as plaintiffs. At the time of the assault, many victims were sought out to be models or actresses, recruited by Nygaard’s company. According to The New…
State Data Shows Illinois Nursing Home Residents Are Dying at Most Alarming Rate Yet In the most recent data released by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials, the state’s nursing-home residents are contracting COVID-19 and dying from it at their highest reported rates yet. Over the past week (December 11-18), public health regulators have recorded 605 deaths among residents of long-term care facilities, assisted-living centers, state-funded veterans’ homes, and other nursing home care sites. The previous highest mortality (and record-setting) death rate was for the first week in December when IDPH logged 480 fatalities among residents within the…
Chicago-Area Nursing Home Workers Ask For New Contract and Agree To ‘Tentatively’ End Strike Much like hospital staff, Illinois nursing home employees have been working under complicated circumstances as the coronavirus continues to spread. So, it comes with no surprise that after requests for a safer workplace had stalled since June, an estimated 700 care workers from Infinity Healthcare Management walked off the job in late November, prompting a 12-day strike. The employees, who have been facing extreme workplace challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the greater Chicago-area, say they deserve significant wage increases equal to other nursing homes.…
Levin & Perconti Attorney Megan Shore Represents Women in Massage Envy Sexual Assault Cases A male massage therapist sexually assaulted at least three women at an Old Town spa facility in separate incidents last year. Personal injury firm Levin & Perconti represents two of the women, referred to in court filings as Jane Doe and Jane Doe #2. On December 10, 2019, a male Massage Envy Spa Chicago therapist sexually assaulted Jane Doe #2, removing her towel to expose her body and touching her buttocks and genitalia. The incident was reported to a spa manager. Continue reading ›
COVID-19 Surge Prompts Holiday Nursing Home Visit Plea From Health Officials As the coronavirus pandemic has now met the busy holiday season, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an unprecedented alert with recommendations for residents, their families and representatives, and nursing home staff to follow starting now and through the New Year’s holiday. The alert urges all groups to celebrate virtually and avoid in-person visits due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Along with the CMS request and safe visiting reminders from The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, Levin & Perconti’s nursing home…
Chicago’s Long-Term Care Residents and Healthcare Workers in Line To Receive First Round of COVID-19 Vaccines An emergency meeting led by the immunization advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, confirmed that long-term care residents and healthcare workers would be the first to access the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine. Once authorized by the federal government, an estimated 3 million residents and 21 million healthcare workers at long-term care facilities, including skilled nursing, assisted living, and other residential care facilities, will be eligible. The CDC is expected to provide further guidelines on how…
Illinois health officials are conducting two different investigations after nearly 200 residents, care workers, and staff at the state-run veterans home in LaSalle tested positive for coronavirus, prompting a fatal outbreak. The Illinois Department of Public Health and State Department of Veterans Affairs data shows 28 veterans at the facility have died of COVID-19 since late October. According to an NBC report and a press conference with Gov. Pritzker before the Thanksgiving holiday, the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs is currently reviewing two possible causes of the outbreak and subsequent resident deaths. The state investigators say infectious disease safety protocols…
7 Hand Hygiene Truths to Keep Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Accountable Hand hygiene for infection prevention is an essential part of the U.S. response to the preventing further spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. Nursing home staff should especially adhere to the standard and transmission-based precautions when caring for their patients. Here is a closer look at seven truths provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to explain how properly cleaned hands of health care workers can protect our most vulnerable populations. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is more effective and less drying than using soap and water.…
Associated Press: “Residents are suffering and dying from neglect.” The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Levin and Perconti support a statement provided by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care in response to a November 19, 2020, Associated Press report, Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows. The article only confirmed what advocates for residents of long-term care facilities, care workers, and families have known for months: residents are suffering and dying from neglect. According to the AP: Continue reading ›