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Small miracles happen at County Home

February 25, 2014

I am not writing this to plead my case on why the Chautauqua County Home should not be sold. I am simply relaying a true story....

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tjefson

Feb-26-14 4:50 PM

judeye, I get most of my information from the Wall Street Journal. A person can get some semi-objective news reporting there. The liberals are even infiltrating that once great newspaper.

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judeye

Feb-26-14 4:42 PM

tjefson "The panels, once put in place, will make a decision based on dollars and cents."

Are you talking about the death panels that Sarah Palin made up? Good grief...

It is obvious that you do not know very much about this new law...ACA at all. It is NOT an insurance. It is a way for more people to get access to health insurance at reasonable affordable rates. It also curbs the run away profits of insurance companies who were denying coverage, kicking people, off etc...just to increase their profits.

If you are interested in the facts..I will gladly direct you to web sites that explain this law.

Please turn off Ms Palin...who knows nothing..but how to whine..and quit.

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jo1952

Feb-26-14 9:03 AM

Norman c, thanks for the facts. If only the CELeb would listen.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:53 AM

An article published last month in the New York Times reported that nursing homes purchased by private investment firms usually perform worse than other facilities. In an effort to increase profits, they often provide care which falls below the minimum legal requirements. Times reporters found that privately acquired nursing homes ranked below the national standard in 12 of 14 qualifying areas and many of these facilities were above the national average before being acquired by the investors.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:53 AM

Congress to investigate nursing homes owned by private investment groups

Carl Saiontz October 31st, 2007 by Carl Saiontz Last week two congressional committees announced that they intend to investigate nursing homes which are privately owned by investment firms and review their business practices. Private equity firms are known for reducing the quality of nursing home care by cutting costs and reducing the number of employees. In addition, because of the complex corporate structures used by many of these firms to avoid liability, concerns have been expressed that residents may be losing their ability to use nursing home lawsuits to hold ownership groups accountable for decisions which result in poor care.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:46 AM

Nonprofit nursing homes provide more hours of direct nursing care and average fewer deficiencies than their for-profit counterparts, a consumer Web site reports this week.

The average number of hours of registered nurse (RN) care per resident day at nonprofit facilities more than doubled that at for-profits. That's according to ConsumerAffairs****, an independent Web-based consumer news and resource center, citing a review of federal data from 2000. It did not indicate whether the gap had narrowed in more recent years.

In addition, licensed practical nurse (LPN) hours were 21% higher and certified nurse aide hours were 18% higher at nonprofits. The government data also indicated that, on average, nonprofits spent 11% more than for-profits on direct daily care per resident. Information for the report was obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.ConsumerAffairs**** also reports that non-profits had nearly 34% fewer deficiencies than for-profits.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:41 AM

November 30, 2011 For-profit nursing home chains provide poorer quality of care, study asserts

Lower levels of nursing staff in large for-profit nursing home chains have resulted in substantially lower quality of care when compared to government-owned or non-profit nursing homes, according to a study released Tuesday.Between 2003 and 2008, the for-profit facilities had fewer nurse “staffing hours,” researchers said. The 10 largest nursing home chains received 36% more deficiencies from regulators, according to the study. Additionally, the for-profit sites received more deficiencies after being purchased by private equity groups than before the purchases.“Poor quality of care is endemic in many nursing homes, but we found that the most serious problems occur in the largest for-profit chains,' Harrington said. “The top 10 chains have a strategy of keeping labor costs low to increase profits.'

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:28 AM

Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM - 05/16/13 Last updated: 7:25 AM - 05/16/13 KINGSTON — The buyer of the Golden Hill nursing home has applied to the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency for a 25-year, $4 million property tax break on the 157,000-square-foot building.

The requested 25-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement would increase Golden Hill's payments by 2 percent each year, starting with a $128,000 payment the first year. Golden Hill's new owner would save $4 million over the term of the PILOT, assuming that the property's full assessed value is $5.5 million, according to a copy of the application.

Golden Hill Planning Corp., the company that applied to the IDA, also requested sales- and mortgage-recording tax exemptions totaling about $250,000.The company made its case for the tax breaks at the IDA's meeting Wednesday morning, one day after layoff notices were sent to the 350 county employees now working at the nursing home.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:18 AM

A federal civil monetary penalty of $715 was imposed by CMS on Nathan Miller Center for Nursing Care based on a February, 2008 survey citing violations in Resident Assessment and Administration. 2) An enforcement action was taken against Nathan Miller Center for Nursing Care in 2009 based on a November, 2008 survey citing violations in Physical Environment. This enforcement was resolved with a $2000 civil penalty. In addition, a federal civil monetary penalty of $45,565 was imposed by CMS on Nathan Miller Center for Nursing Care based on this same survey.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:18 AM

An enforcement action was taken against Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2005 based on a November, 2004 survey citing violations in Quality of Life : Environment; Quality of Care; Quality of Care: Pressure Sores; and Quality of Care: Accidents. This enforcement was resolved with a $7000 civil penalty. In addition, a federal civil monetary penalty of $74,658.64 was imposed by CMS on Bayvi ew Nursing and Rehabilitation Center based on this same survey. 2) An additional enforcement action was taken against Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2007 based on a December, 2005 survey citing a violation in Comprehensive Care Plans. This enforcement action was resolved with a $2000 civil penalty.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:17 AM

An enforcement action was taken against Split Rock Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in 2007 based on a December, 2005 survey citing violations in Resident Behavior and Facility Practices: Staff Treatment of Residents; Resident Assessment and Care Planning: Comprehensive Care Plans; and Quality of Care: Special Needs. This enforcement was resolved with a $6000 civil penalty. In addition, a federal civil monetary penalty of $112,521.71 was imposed by CMS on Split Rock Rehabilitation and Health Care Center based on this same survey.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:17 AM

Martin Farbenblum is affiliated with the following Nursing Homes in Ny State,all of which are less then stellar. Affiliations : Avalon Gardens Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Bayview Manor, LLC, Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Eastchester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, LLC, Fort Tryon Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Golden Gate Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Nassau Extended Care Facility, Nathan Miller Center for Nursing, Franklin Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Park Avenue Extended Care Facility, Split Rock Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,Townhouse Extended Care Center, White Plains Cent er for Nursing, Woodmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:13 AM

The 10 nurses were quickly dispatched to work for a SentosaCare home in Smithtown, Avalon Gardens Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, but they said it was soon obvious that the terms of their contracts were not being honored. They joined 16 other Filipino nurses in claiming they were significantly underpaid, did not receive the same health insurance and workers' compensation benefits as other nurses and worked on understaffed shifts.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 3:13 AM

Avalon Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Located at 7 Route 25A, Smithtown, NY 11787-1626.Martin Farvenblum,Board member,Corporate stockholder. THE 10 Filipino nurses were branded by the Suffolk County district attorney as derelict in their duties, accused of abandoning five chronically ill children, four of whom were on ventilators, and one terminally ill man by quitting their jobs in 2006 in a labor dispute. But in a strongly worded ruling, a state appeals court, the Appellate Division in Brooklyn, has barred District Attorney Thomas J. Spota from prosecuting the nurses. The court said that he joined with their employers in forcing them into 'involuntary servitude' by using criminal sanction to require them to work against their will, thus violating the nurses' constitutional rights under the 13th Amendment. The Jan. 13 ruling also said the district attorney violated the First Amendment rights of the lawyer who advised the nurses by prosecuting him for conspiracy.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 2:58 AM

October 15, 2012

The Daily Star

With the final three residents vacating Countryside Care Center in Delhi on Friday, a chapter in the rocky history of the 199-bed facility comes to an end.

The closure of Countryside — operated as a nonprofit by Delaware County starting in the late 1960s until its sale to private firm Leatherstocking Healthcare LLC in 2006 — deprives the area of a much-needed resource.

The center closed last week because Leatherstocking failed to file a plan to correct 66 deficiencies found at the site by the state Department of Health.Residents were forced to move to care centers elsewhere, including in Vestal, Buffalo and Pennsylvania.The closure also meant the loss of jobs for about 200 employees, including highly skilled nurses and assistants, administrative workers and others. In a rural region struggling to provide medical care to its residents, Countryside’s closure registers another blow to those efforts.

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NormanC

Feb-26-14 2:35 AM

VestraCare said it would likely hire the majority of those who wish to continue their employment at the County Home, following an application, interview and screening process.???.. That is a lie!!..Vestracare learned its lesson after buying the Ulster County Home,the lesson is that if you hire all the current employees of the County Home(50% plus 1)as they did in Ulster County,then the CSEA Union is automatically recognized and comes with the deal and Vestracare will have to negotiate a contract with the CSEA Union..Vestracare will not hire no more then 50% of the current employees!!..They will bring in Philippino workers,like Farbenblum did in the Avalon Home,resulting in 16 nurses walking off the job because of breach of contract and slave labor!!..A lawsuit was filed against Farbenblum and Avalon..Wake people,this guy is a BS phoney!!..

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HandyAndy

Feb-25-14 10:13 PM

Very nice article. It only goes to show you that at any moment, at any age, our lives can turn upside down. This young woman from Jamestown benefited from the services and care that the CH could provide. Would she have fared as well in a for profit facility? I fear not. I would also like to add that I was led to believe that there were no residents in the CH from the Jamestown area. I wonder how many more there are that the Jamestown legislators want to keep under wraps? My oh my...perhaps the south county does have a need for the CH after all!

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commentor

Feb-25-14 8:29 PM

Medicare and Medicaid pay more than Medicaid. That said 80% of CCH residents are Medicaid and only one is from Jamestown. Where is VestraCare going to find all the Private pay residents. They don't exist and I don't think they can import them. As for adding assisted living all facilities here are not full. My prediction is that VestraCare will be selling the Home in a year or two. Then you will see all the predictions come true or it will just shut down.

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Niebelj

Feb-25-14 7:19 PM

And why would they not apply for the funding? What business public or private would not apply that would be foolish and it just does not happen.

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DespicableMe

Feb-25-14 6:52 PM

When a private pay resident runs out of funds and do not apply for medicare the essentially are living there on tax payers dollars.

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Niebelj

Feb-25-14 5:39 PM

I must have missed it but I have not seen one post that said people didn't have to pay. Of course they have to have funding, however, private nursing homes will take private pay over Medicaid and they can pick and choose.

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Hawkman411

Feb-25-14 5:27 PM

Despite what is being said, EVERY resident at the CCH has to have the ability to pay in order to get in. This idea that they take in people for free is bogus. You need Medicaid, Medicare or private pay. Most are Medicaid, just like EVERY OTHER nursing home...private, public, for-profit or not for-profit.

Every nursing home in the County has just about 80% Medicaid beds. There's no "country club" nursing homes turning away Medicaid. This idea that anyone can just stay there for free is another in a long list of lies designed to strike fear in people.

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Niebelj

Feb-25-14 5:16 PM

And what it all boils down to, unfortunately, is that the people who are pushing this sale will never understand until, God forbid, they or someone they love, needs the services. It's as simple as that.

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cchemployee

Feb-25-14 4:47 PM

No, we know that it is NOT going to close the day it is sold. BUT WHAT WE DO NO IS THAT PEOPLE WILL BE ADMITTED ONLY ON THEIR ABILITY TO PAY....If your mother fell and broke her hip and needed services, do you want someone to care for her regardless of dollar signs? Or do you want her admittance/care based only on how much money you make....Its not fair to our residents....They are scared and they just want a little empathy and security. Is that so much to ask for, for the generation who has taken care of US, that we return the favor?

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PoliticianPENNYWISEDOLLARSTUPID

Feb-25-14 4:27 PM

I read the original as it was sent as an email to all legislators. The Observer took out one important key part of this article. This young woman was denied entrance into the 3 PRIVATE nursing homes the parents toured due to her ability to pay. What the public needs to know is that this is not the only young individual who has resided at the home and benefited from their services.

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