Hidden Cameras Capture Abuse, Result in Medicare Fines for North Carolina Nursing Home

Hidden Cameras Capture Abuse, Result in Medicare Fines for North Carolina Nursing Home

Choice Health Management Services received backlash for a video capturing abuse of a patient, and now they are facing penalties from the federal government.  The company runs 16 facilities in North Carolina and is facing $567,976 in Medicare fines for troubles at six of their nursing homes.

The investigation began after Rebecca Knapton installed a camera in her grandfather’s room.  She captured footage which showed nursing home staff berating her grandfather for falling off of his bed at night.  The nurses also left him there yelling for help for hours.

Choice Health Management Services relieved the staffers of their duties, but Medicare felt the need to step in and punish the company for their negligence.

Other video footage captured a patient infested with maggots in another facility, and it was also reported by a doctor from outside of the facility. In another case, a patient was found wandering in the parking lot by themselves.

More allegations have been levied against the company, however for now they remain unsubstantiated.  Prior to Knapton’s allegations, Melvin Powell accused the facility of mistreatment after witnessing his mother and other residents ring for help but receiving no response.

However, management has said that these incidents are isolated and they are working on improving their services.  They state that these facilities have been incident free since the controversies.  Employees received additional training after the nurses involved were fired.

 

Facilities in North Raleigh, Lillington, Fuquay-Varina, Greenville, Greensboro and Concord were all implicated in the investigation and fined.  The case shows the potential power of surveillance cameras being placed in a nursing home.

We can Help! Our local advisors can help your family make a confident decision about senior living.

Call: 800-997-1342

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alec Pronk
Alec Pronk

Political writer who also enjoys playing and watching soccer, basketball and chess. I also enjoy teaching English as a Foreign Language among other subjects.

Popular news

Catherine Marucci

Aug 6, 2018

Is a Tiny Home a Retirement Housing Option?

As we get older, a large house can become cumbersome. In addition to there being a lot to maintain and clean, accessibility issues may also arise if there

Read More
Is a Tiny Home a Retirement Housing Option?

Jodelle Maglaya

Jul 22, 2018

Doctors Rely on Data and "Gut Feeling" to Determine Medical Decisions

As artificial intelligence is on the rise and many senior citizens are seeking medical care, many are wondering if technology itself can make the best decisions for patients. MIT computer

Read More
Doctors Rely on Data and "Gut Feeling" to Determine Medical Decisions

Alec Pronk

Jul 27, 2018

Google Targets Seniors for Nest Smart Home Sales

Residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes may soon see Google’s Nest product in their homes as the company aims to push into the senior citizen market.  The Nest

Read More
Google Targets Seniors for Nest Smart Home Sales
All copyrights reserved © 2018 • Design and Development Boomers Assistance Facilities