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  • Fewer nurses at for-profit nursing homes leads to poorer care Wednesday, November 30, 2011 � by jg

    “The top 10 chains have a strategy of keeping labor costs low to increase profits,” said the lead researcher in a University of California, San Francisco, study. “They are not making quality a priority.”

  • New operator takes over nursing homes after $62 million settlement Tuesday, August 9, 2011 � by jg

    Skilled Healthcare has leased out the operations of five Humboldt County, Calif., facilities. The maneuver means the facilities are no longer bound by an injunction to meet legally-required minimum staffing levels, but an attorney for plaintiffs in a recent class action says the new operators will be under scrutiny.

  • Pursuit of profit leads to increase in infections in nursing home residents Wednesday, May 4, 2011 � by jg

    A study in the American Journal of Infection Control finds nursing home infections have a strong correlation with low staffing levels and nursing homes’ for-profit status.

  • State shuts down residential care facility after elder abuse Friday, January 14, 2011 � by jg

    Video showing abuse of a woman at a Fair Oaks, Calif., residential care facility who later died in part as a result of overdoses of medications–including one drug that had not been prescribed–has led the state to order the facility to shut down.

  • Jury sends message: understaffing of nursing homes is unacceptable Wednesday, December 8, 2010 � by jg

    A class action suit against Skilled Healthcare resolved in a negotiated settlement of $62.8 million, after Skilled failed to meet legally-mandated minimum staffing levels at its California facilities over a period of years.

  • Big verdict leads to re-examination of nursing home care Thursday, September 2, 2010 � by jg

    Associated Press: Paul Elias writes about the aftermath of a $677 million verdict returned in Eureka, Calif., against nursing home operator Skilled Healthcare for failing to meet California’s minimum staffing requirements.

  • Nursing homes hit with $670 million in damages for understaffing Thursday, July 8, 2010 � by jg

    Los Angeles Times: A Humboldt County jury ordered national nursing home chain Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. to pay $670 million in damages after finding the chain’s 22 assisted-living facilities in California were understaffed in violation of the state health code.