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Latest news and comments on elder abuse, nursing homes, and enforcement, including story on California DOJ Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) chief of prosecutions, Mark Zahner, who refused to file criminal charges after Dr. Kathryn Locatell wrote a report contradicting investigative findings by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and veteran DOJ Special Agent J. Timothy Fives, EMT

The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Program, hardly an aggressive watchdog of wealthy, politically connected nursing homes, issued a class “B” citation and monetary fine in October 2011 to a Los Angeles-area nursing home that negligently failed to administer oxygen to a fainting patient at a flow rate required by physician orders and the patient’s care plan. At that time, the unfortunate, 88-year-old victim suffered rapidly declining oxygen saturation levels, cardiopulmonary arrest, and unexpected death. In its citation, CDPH said, “The above violation had a direct relationship to the health, safety and security of Patient 1.” Despite CDPH’s findings, tantamount to obvious elder neglect, the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) chief of prosecutions, Mark Zahner, based his decision to file no criminal charges in the case, not on BMFEA Special Agent J. Timothy Fives’ expert opinion, but instead on the different opinion of BMFEA medical consultant Kathryn L. Locatell, M.D. Dr. Locatell shockingly said, “There were no breaches of any applicable standards of care in the events leading to Mr. [patient’s name deleted] death. I see no indication of neglect whatsoever…[W]hether or not oxygen was administered, or administered timely…was immaterial.”

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Video Part 4: In his four-part exposé, Clay Loney, the award-winning news anchor and reporter for FOX23 TV in Oklahoma, reveals “how the Oklahoma State Department of Health handles allegations of patient abuse and neglect—with some accusing the state of giving nursing homes too much freedom to ‘police’ themselves.” Oklahoma Nursing Homes: Allegations of Abuse and Neglect (Part 4 of 4) Reported by Clay Loney FOX23 TV November 27, 2013 ... See MoreSee Less

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Video Part 3: In his four-part exposé, Clay Loney, the award-winning news anchor and reporter for FOX23 TV in Oklahoma, reveals “how the Oklahoma State Department of Health handles allegations of patient abuse and neglect—with some accusing the state of giving nursing homes too much freedom to ‘police’ themselves.” Oklahoma Nursing Homes: Allegations of Abuse and Neglect (Part 3 of 4) Reported by Clay Loney FOX23 TV November 27, 2013 ... See MoreSee Less

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Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris abandoned, lost her criminal elder abuse case this week against a nurse in the Sacramento, Calif., area, The Sacramento Bee reported on Tuesday. California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who proclaimed late last year what Elder Abuse Exposed.com called her “bogus ‘crackdown’ on elder abuse,” just abandoned her elder abuse case against Placerville, Calif., nurse Donna Darlene Palmer, who was charged more than four years after the death of 77-year-old nursing home resident Johnnie Esco. In our November 19, 2012 article, “Bogus ‘Crackdown’ on Elder Abuse by California Attorney General Kamala Harris,” we concluded: “California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ new campaign to ‘crack down’ on nursing home elder abuse, heralded by the November 3, 2012 Sacramento Bee, is nothing but a sham and publicity stunt that will not likely lead to Harris’ first-ever criminal prosecution and conviction of a wealthy, politically connected nursing home.” For more information on this major, ignominious defeat by Deputy Attorney General Steven Muni, Deputy Attorney General Mark Zahner (who was Kamala Harris’ chief elder abuse prosecutor until he resigned amid sharp criticism this past summer), and Attorney General Harris, see: After a Hung Jury, Attorney General’s Office Abandons Elder Abuse Case against Placerville Nurse By Marjie Lundstrom Sacramento Bee November 19, 2013 Updated: November 20, 2013 http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/19/5928082/after-a-hung-jury-attorney-generals.html See also: Bogus “Crackdown” on Elder Abuse by California Attorney General Kamala Harris By Elder Abuse Exposed.com November 19, 2012 http://elderabuseexposed.com/nursing-home-elder-abuse-fake-crackdown-by-california-attorney-general-kamala-harris/ Mark Zahner, CA DOJ’s Chief Elder Abuse Prosecutor, Resigns amid Criticism By Elder Abuse Exposed.com July 31, 2013 http://elderabuseexposed.com/mark-zahner-ca-chief-elder-abuse-prosecutor-resigns-to-lead-district-attorneys-association/ Your comments about this case? (Photo credit: Office of Attorney General) ... See MoreSee Less

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