Iowa nursing homes

Judge: Iowa nurse was justified in quitting ‘unsafe’ nursing home

BY: - July 26, 2021

An Iowa judge has ruled that a nurse was justified in quitting her job at a Lee County nursing home due to concerns that staffing levels were unlawful and were unsafe for residents. State records indicate Kristin Pullins had worked for the Montrose Health Center since 2018 as a full-time registered nurse. In early 2020, […]

Iowa drops further behind in the vaccination of nursing home workers

BY: - July 16, 2021

Iowa’s nursing home workers continue to lag behind those in most other states when it comes to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. 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 48%, federal records show. […]

Iowa family pursues new legal strategy in wrongful-death case

BY: - July 15, 2021

If a nursing home company can sue residents to collect payment, residents should be able to sue the same company for wrongful death even if they’ve signed an arbitration agreement, an Iowa family is claiming. The family of the late James Asmus is suing the Southern Hills Specialty Care nursing home in Osceola and its […]

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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, […]

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 […]

Judge: Nursing home not at fault for sexual assault due to victim’s status as a male

BY: - June 9, 2021

A judge has dismissed a fine against an Iowa nursing home for the sexual assault of a resident, stating the home could not have foreseen the attacker would go after a man rather than the women he previously preyed upon. Ruling that because the perpetrator of the assault “was not known to be homosexual or […]

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 […]

State, feds report no penalties for Iowa nursing homes cited for deadly violations

BY: - June 1, 2021

If you were to look at the federal government’s inspection reports for the Dubuque Specialty Care nursing home, you might think the northeast Iowa facility had attained a perfect score from inspectors last June. The June 10, 2020, inspection report, published on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Care Compare website, is a single […]

Infection-control violations were the No. 1 issue in Iowa nursing homes last year

BY: - April 20, 2021

The most frequently cited health care violations in Iowa nursing homes last year were related to infection control, according to state officials. The infection-control violations were cited in the eight months leading up to COVID-19’s first appearance in Iowa and during the initial four months of the pandemic. During that same 12-month period, Iowa regulators […]

State discloses long-withheld data showing it miscalculated nursing home infections

BY: - April 2, 2021

Newly disclosed COVID-19 data shows the state of Iowa has retroactively reduced the number of nursing home infections that it publicly reported last year. The data identifies the privately run nursing homes that have had the most infections among residents and staff, the most outbreaks, and those that have spent much of the past year […]