One company in South Carolina is responsible for a third of all nursing home deaths due to COVID-19 in the month of May, but the state health department said it has found no problems with the company’s facilities. After 23 residents of PruittHealth facilities died of coronavirus disease, a review of data from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control anticipated no disciplinary action.  A spokesperson said health inspectors visited 11 facilities and found no significant issues requiring immediate action.  Other reports from the federal government identified issues at PruittHealth facilities with infection control and cleanliness. The Georgia-based company owns nursing homes across the Southeast and facilities where the COVID-19 deaths occurred have histories of below-average health inspections ratings from the federal Medicare agency.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently provided an icon that reveals nursing homes with reported violations of care on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare website.  The Nursing Home Reform Act under Title IV of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 outlines residential rights to protect the approximately 1.3 million Americans living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities from nursing home abuse.

Standard of care.

South Carolina nursing home facilities have standard operating procedures requiring administrative personnel to take action to isolate sick residents in residential facilities to control disease spread.  In accordance with South Carolina Nursing Home Laws (S.C. Code Section 44-7-260), “An infection isolation room shall be made available if ordered by the attending physician for a resident who has a communicable disease that poses a threat to the health or safety of other residents, or who for some other reason requires isolation and only to the extent that is required to protect the resident and others.” and “Should it be determined that the facility is unable to care for the resident to the degree which assures the health and safety of the resident and the other residents of the facility, the resident shall be relocated to a facility that can meet his or her needs.”

 Seek legal counsel.

 When sub-standard care results in harm to a resident, or outright abuse occurs, legal action may be taken against a nursing home and/or the treating medical professional because acts of negligence that cause, or exacerbate existing health conditions, or place residents in danger are deviations from NHRA  rights.  Call an experienced attorney at the McDougall Law Offices, to discuss concerns if you believe a loved one is being mistreated at a nursing home in South Carolina.

 

McDougall Law Firm, LLC

115 Lady’s Island Commons
Beaufort, SC 29907

Phone: 843.379.7000

Sources:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/100th-congress/house-bill/3545/titles

https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/About/howcannhchelp.html

https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

 

 

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