A California judge has ordered a California nursing home chain to staff up to state-required levels and follow state and federal discharge rules.
Mariner Health must increase staffing at five facilities and comply with discharge laws at all 19 of its facilities and will be subject to supervision by a court-appointed monitor, according to an Alameda County Superior Court judge’s order , Brad Seligman. The lawsuit, which was filed by the state and district attorneys for Alameda, Los Angeles, Marin and Santa Cruz counties in 2021, accused the chain of substandard care and discharging patients too early.
“Mariner understaffed its facilities and left residents vulnerable to assault, illness and injury,” Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement. Press release announcing the preliminary injunction. “When it comes to skilled nursing facilities in California, the well-being of patients will always be an uncompromising priority.”
The lawsuit alleged that chronic understaffing led to lice and vermin at Mariner facilities, unreported cases of sexual assault and medically unnecessary amputations. The lawsuit also alleged that Mariner Health falsified staffing numbers to CMS to advertise inflated estimates.
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A spokeswoman for Mariner Health said the company was reviewing the new order and deciding whether to appeal.
“Mariner Health Care remains committed to providing the best possible 24-hour care to ensure the continued safety and well-being of our residents,” Deborah Pacyna said in a prepared statement.
In addition to Parkview Health Center, other facilities that will be monitored for compliance with state and federal laws are: Hayward Hills Health Center, Fremont Health Care Center, Driftwood Health Care Center in Santa Cruz and Santa Monica Rehabilitation Center.
“This order will ensure that the residents of these facilities are given the proper care they need in a safe environment,” said Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.
In addition to making patient and staff records available to the court-appointed monitor, Mariner Health will also be responsible for paying the monitor’s salary. The monitor may also make unannounced visits to facilities.