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‘Help me’: Iowa nursing home that’s among the nation’s worst faces no state fines

BY: - July 14, 2021

A Sioux City nursing home where workers have allegedly ignored residents’ cries for help and waited 40 minutes to perform CPR on a resident with no pulse has been added to the list of the nation’s worst nursing homes. Although the owners of Countryside Healthcare Center of Sioux City are being cited for numerous, serious […]

Only 12% of Iowa nursing homes meet vaccine standard

BY: - June 28, 2021

Only 50 of Iowa’s 409 nursing homes are reporting that three-quarters or more of their workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, newly disclosed records show. That means 88% of Iowa’s nursing homes have yet to meet the industry’s stated standard of having at least three-fourths of their workforce vaccinated against the virus. Earlier this month, […]

Judge: Iowa-licensed surgeon can’t bill Medicare due to tax evasion

BY: - June 28, 2021

A surgeon who was granted a license to practice in Iowa last year has been denied the opportunity to bill Medicare for his services due to multiple felony convictions tied to tax evasion. Federal records show that last year, Dr. Edward Joseph Silvio Picardi applied to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for re-enrollment […]

Staff vaccination rates in Iowa nursing homes as low as 47%, despite deaths

BY: - June 11, 2021

Even in Iowa nursing homes where a half-dozen residents or more have died of COVID-19, the percentage of workers who have been vaccinated against the virus is as low as 47%, newly disclosed records show. Although state public health officials have said they’ve never collected data on the staff vaccination rates in privately run nursing […]

CMS: We don’t disclose nursing home fines when the owners refuse to pay

BY: - June 8, 2021

The federal agency overseeing nursing homes says it only informs the public of fines against those facilities if, and when, the owners choose to pay the fines. For most of the past year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Care Compare website has falsely reported that the Dubuque Specialty Care nursing home in eastern […]

Five Iowa nursing homes have spent years on federal list of the nation’s worst care facilities

BY: - June 4, 2021

Five of the Iowa nursing homes deemed by the government to be among the worst in the nation have met those criteria for at least two years, and one has qualified for four years, according to federal records. The list of the nation’s worst-performing nursing homes, compiled by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

Iowa agency keeps secret the number of COVID-19 staff deaths in nursing homes

BY: - October 5, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is refusing to disclose the number of Iowa nursing home workers who have been infected with, or died from, COVID-19. For months, the department has released only combined staff-and-resident numbers for both infections and deaths in Iowa nursing homes. The agency has refused requests to separate the number of […]

Feds: 1,200 nursing home complaints not properly investigated by Iowa

BY: - June 5, 2020

In the past two years, the state of Iowa has failed to conduct timely investigations into more than 1,200 complaints against nursing homes, according to federal officials. The state has also failed to conduct timely investigations into complaints about hospitals — in some cases taking four months to investigate matters that should have been handled […]

As COVID-19 hits Iowa nursing homes, feds suspend fines and penalties

BY: - March 26, 2020

With COVID-19 now confirmed at several Iowa nursing homes, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has suspended selected fines and other penalties against long-term care facilities. Iowa Health Care Association President and CEO Brent Willett said Wednesday the organization is “aware that four long-term care providers have reported a combined total of five […]

Nursing home inspectors focus on infections as Trump rolls back regulations

BY: - March 18, 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak growing, Iowa’s nursing home inspectors are focusing on infections that threaten the 55,000 elderly and disabled Iowans now living in long-term care facilities. The focus on infection control has been suggested by the same federal agency that has been working for months to ease Obama-era nursing home regulations intended to minimize […]

Feds slash penalty for Perry nursing home; state admits error in its fines

BY: - February 28, 2020

Federal officials have agreed to dramatically reduce the fines imposed against the Dallas County nursing home accused of hiring unlicensed caregivers and contributing to a resident’s death. State inspectors, meanwhile, have acknowledged that last fall they mistakenly fined the home too little, and are now meeting with bank officials to monitor the financial health of […]

Troubled nursing home says it will ‘take time’ to correct problems

BY: - February 26, 2020

The managers of a Dallas County nursing home accused of contributing to resident injuries, sexual abuse and a death, say they are trying to fix longstanding issues at the facility but “such matters take time to remedy.” In a written statement, the home’s new administrator, Greg Greenwood, said Wednesday, “We are aware of the long-term, […]