nursing home inspections

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 […]

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 […]

Inspectors: As virus spread in Iowa nursing home, infection-control rules were ignored

BY: - January 15, 2021

State inspection records are shedding new light on how COVID-19 spread throughout an eastern Iowa nursing home, infecting at least three-fourths of the residents. According to the latest CDC data, 18,634 Iowa nursing home residents have been infected with coronavirus, and 2,043 of them have died. (The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that only 1,729 […]

County asks for state investigation of Iowa nursing home with COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - August 18, 2020

Western Iowa health officials are asking state inspectors to investigate a nursing home with 51 COVID-19 infections of staff and residents. Earlier this month, Pottawattamie County Public Health asked the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to send its care-facility inspectors into the Oakland Manor nursing home. County health officials told television station WOWT they […]

COVID-19 infections in Iowa nursing homes are up 66% in three weeks

BY: - August 12, 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections associated with active Iowa nursing home outbreaks has increased 66% in the past three weeks, newly released state data shows. The infections tied to active outbreaks increased from 502 on July 22 to 835 on Wednesday. During that same time period, the number of Iowa nursing homes with active outbreaks […]

Nursing home with major outbreak and nine deaths cited by inspectors

BY: - July 24, 2020

An Iowa nursing home with a major outbreak of COVID-19 has been cited by the state for refusing physicians’ orders to send residents to the hospital for treatment. The Pearl Valley Rehab and Health Care Center in Muscatine, where at least 81 residents and staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 and nine residents have died […]

COVID-19 hits one in six Iowa nursing homes but inspectors cite few violations

BY: - July 22, 2020

Iowa’s nursing home inspectors have reported no infection-control issues in some of the facilities with the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks, newly disclosed state records show. The records indicate more than 2,584 Iowa nursing home residents and workers have been infected with COVID-19, with outbreaks confirmed at one of every six Iowa nursing homes. There are 20 […]

Davenport nursing home death triggers a criminal investigation

BY: - July 2, 2020

Davenport police are investigating the death of a resident at the ManorCare-Utica Ridge nursing home. State inspection records indicate the resident died on May 1. The man was dependent on bottled oxygen and was found unresponsive in his bed with his oxygen-delivery system removed and sitting on a nearby nightstand. He had been living at […]