An Alluring Moral Imperative – Save Our Elderly Keep them OUT of Allure or Landau Run Facilities – Letter…

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JOEL LANDAU – ALLURE -JOE LANDAU – ALLURE – JOE LANDAU – ALLURE –

KEEP AWAY!!!!!!

Dear LM –

As you know, I have an interest in seeing to it that there is better protection for the most vulnerable in our community, those to whom we owe our gratitude and respect, the elderly. I can’t help but wondering how we went from being a civilized society to one that cares so little about anything beyond our own pockets. I can’t help but point to the wealthy beneficiaries of our lack of morality as it applies to the elderly. In your comments regarding Joel Landau and Allure, a request for information and a hope that he will be taken out of the equation where the elderly are concerned, I found hope that perhaps my own loved ones would one day be redeemed, albeit posthumously.

THE ALLURE GROUP: – Enabled by Governor Cuomo and the Public Health Planning Council:

I cannot help but going back to where the cancer began vis a vis NY State Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: namely Albany and the Public Health and Health Planning Council-appointed by Governor Cuomo. Presently much is reliant on Attorney General Schneiderman ‘s lawsuit effort to prevent Allure from buying two more facilities: the Harlem Nursing Home and  the Sts  Joachim & Anne Nursing  Home…a situation which would have been prevented had the PHHPC & Governor Cuomo, who appoints these deleterious license enablers, been called to account for the many years of lousy management and sub-par responsibility.

If you believe as I do…and if credit is given to the reported documentation clearly showing that too many of the so-called ‘operators’ of long term care facilities in New York buy these places only to churn them, one cannot merely place the blame on Mayor de Blasio  & his rabid real estate gaming malfeasance. The story began with the certification and enabling of amoral and predatory owners who should never have been allowed to obtain nursing home certification from the PHHPC in the first place.

IT ALL BEGAN IN ALBANY!

Since the indignation and moralistic baloney from Landau/Allure fly in the face of reality and takes front and center in the news, past and present they are the perfect example to reference.  If one looks at the online published segment of a Feb 2016 Public Health & Health Planning Council report one can see how they got where they are:

PHHPC- PROJECT #152128-B HARLEM CENTER FOR NURSING & REHAB:

https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/public_health_and_health_

planning_council/meetings/2016-01-28/docs/exhibits.pdf

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Joel Landau – Allure Group – Shameless Behavior – if What is Claimed is Right

 

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BK nursing home blames Allure Group for resident deaths

http://therealdeal.com/2016/12/22/brooklyn-nursing-home-blames-allure-group-for-death-of-certain-residents/

A Brooklyn nursing home is blaming the Allure Group for the deaths of some of its residents, saying the landlord wrongly forced the residents out.

CABS Nursing Home in Bedford-Stuyvesant filed a lawsuit against Allure, claiming the company forced out residents soon after buying the facility in 2015, the New York Post reported. Allure’s efforts to quickly flip the property, the lawsuit alleges, led to the untimely deaths of some of CABS’ residents. The nursing home also claims that it turned down higher bids for the property because Allure, led by Joel Landau, billed itself as a company with nursing home experience.

An attorney for Allure fired back that the company never agreed “to operate a nursing home for any period of time, much less forever.”

Earlier this month, Allure was hit with another lawsuit related to CABS. Sabr Group claimed that Allure repeatedly fell behind on a $20 million loan and was trying to force the lender to buy the property at a 60 percent markup from an earlier price.

In April, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas after Allure filed demolition plans for the nursing home, with the intention of replacing it with a seven-story, 241-unit rental building.

Allure is also at the center of the Rivington House scandal. The company negotiated to have the deed restriction removed from the Lower East Side property, paving the way for the sale of the nursing home to Slate Property Group and several partners. [NYP]Kathryn Brenzel 

Shlomo Rechnitz – #1 of the Top 10 Bad Actors and Bad Looks…

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/top-10-dick-moves/Content?oid=4251355

The North Coast Journal Presents:

Top 10 Dick Moves

The year in bad actors and bad looks

Some ill deeds, large or small, illegal or just plain wrong, go unpunished. This year had its share of shady deals and self-serving choices, not to mention a few jackasses who seemed to do wrong for no damn reason. Here we pay tribute to 10 jerks who made us roll our eyes, curl our lips and pound our desks. These, dear reader, were some dick moves.

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1. Shlomo Rechnitz

We have a winner. The game of chicken this out-of-area billionaire played with skilled nursing facilities — threatening closure in a bid for more state cash — was a greed-driven dick move that jeopardized some of the most vulnerable members of our community: the elderly he is charged with caring for. F— that guy.

Shlomo Rechnitz, Sing, While the Elderly in Your Care Live in Deplorable Conditions…

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http://comptonherald.com/chronic-abuse-inglewood-centinela-nursing-home/

 

Centinela Skilled Nursing &Wellness Centre in Inglewood under fire again for negligent care of woman who ended up in ICU; numerous others in California owned by Brius Healthcare violated health codes

INGLEWOOD (MNS) — Reva McKissick was admitted into the Centinela Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre in Inglewood for recuperation and rehabilitation following discharge from Centinela Hospital Medical Center, where she was treated six weeks for a severe body infection.

McKissick (not her real name) was progressing steadily, according to family members (who requested anonymity) until the evening of July 25, when something went terribly wrong.

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Courageous Prospect Park Seniors v. Haysha Deitsch

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“The courageous seniors of the Prospect Park Residence stood up for two-and-a-half years in the face of Haysha Deitsch’s appalling avarice and cowardice,” said City Councilman Brad Lander. “After months of Deitsch’s typical greedy efforts to make even more money without regard for the cost to our seniors, we are relieved that he has finally complied.”

 

Assisted Living Facility Owner Finally Pays $3.35M to Seniors He Kicked Out – Park Slope – DNAinfo New York

PARK SLOPE — The assisted living facility owner who’s been trying to kick elderly residents out of his building so it can be turned into luxury condos has finally forked over $3.35 million he was ordered to pay five women who refused to leave, lawyers for the seniors announced Thursday.

After failing to meet a deadline to pay part of the $3.35 million court settlement in July, owner Haysha Deitsch handed over the money on Aug. 26, lawyers for the women said.

“The Legal Aid Society is pleased that through our legal intervention, the landlord finally complied with the settlement making it possible for the brave elderly residents of Prospect Park Residence to relocate to appropriate locations,” said Judith Goldiner, attorney-in-charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit of The Legal Aid Society and the lead attorney on the case.

The payment marks a victory for the remaining residents of Prospect Park Residence, who’ve been battling Deitsch in court since 2014, when he announced that the facility would close and told seniors they had 90 days to leave.

Many of the 140 residents moved out, but several, including a Holocaust survivor and a Tuskegee Airman, refused to leave. Some have since passed away, but five women still remain at the facility, which is on valuable real estate overlooking Grand Army Plaza.

The women agreed to leave by Aug. 31 after Deitsch agreed to the $3.35 million settlement in June. But Deitsch missed a July deadline to pay part of the settlement. In response, the women’s lawyers threatened to go after Deitsch’s assets, which include property on Fourth Avenue where he plans to build luxury condos.

“The courageous seniors of the Prospect Park Residence stood up for two-and-a-half years in the face of Haysha Deitsch’s appalling avarice and cowardice,” said City Councilman Brad Lander. “After months of Deitsch’s typical greedy efforts to make even more money without regard for the cost to our seniors, we are relieved that he has finally complied.”

Representatives for Deitsch did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Though the legal battle between the remaining residents and Deitsch is over, lawyers for the elderly residents said they’ll continue their lawsuit against the state Department of Health, which oversees the facility and approved Deitsch’s plan to close it.

 

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Protecting the Elderly: What Are NYS Assembly Members Doing? NOTHING!!!

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It would be very easy and disingenuous to allow the problems of flipped NYC nursing homes and long term care facilities to be solely the Mayor’s problem in the Rivington House and CABs scandal. Ownership must be taken by NYS Governor Cuomo who appoints a failed Public Health and Health Planning Council. The PHHPC continues to ignore past infractions and certifies bad actors pretending to be long term care manager/owners in total complicity with criminal harm to the disabled and vulnerable elderly.

With all due respect you must equally be held to account. The state Assembly and Senate have  sidestepped constructing a Bill to force would-be long term care owners (privatizing non-profits in huge numbers) to REQUIRE a minimum of ONE YEAR notification to resident/patients for appropriate transition time and concurrently discourage flippers of real estate-too often one and the same owners of nursing home titles.

The question must be asked-why?

The question must be posed…why do Leading Age…Hinman Straub…HANYS…NYSHFA…NYSCAL…HCA…FQC…AHCA…NCAL… Owner/Operator lobbying groups and their PACs continue to influence your legislation when victims who are ALSO your constituents-have no voice and are slaughtered with no sanctions unless they engage malpractice attorneys or Legal Aid comes to save them???

Please listen to the Brian Lehrer radio show interview/investigation link below-revolving around the Rivington House scam…but understand this is the tip of the iceberg-the answer that the Dept of Health is “investigating the inappropriate discharge” is tantamount to having the FOX investigate the problems in the  hen house!

You need to take ownership…this is a matter of flouting the Americans With Disability Act protections guaranteed to the sick-disabled-and a human rights violation. This is also who you are as a human being with  conscience-these could be your own elderly loved ones.

Thank you.

 

NYC Nursing Homes Evacuate Patients Without Plans

 

http://www.wnyc.org/story/relocation-rivington-house-nursing-home-patients/

Aug 31, 2016
When a New York nursing home is going to close, operators are supposed to give the State Department of Health 90 days’ notice and submit a detailed plan on how patients will be transferred. The agency has to approve the plan before anyone gets moved out. But, according to a three-month investigation by WNYC, that didn’t happen at two New York City nursing homes –The Rivington House on the Lower East Side and CABS Nursing Home in Bedford Stuyvesant. Both nursing homes were bought by the same company and then sold to real estate companies for profit without giving patients, staff, or public officials proper foresight or factual information about the closures.

Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC urban policy reporter, discussed her reporting, and news that the state will investigate improper transfers of those residents that come forward.

 

Money vs. Elderly – Money Wins

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Braemoor Health Center in Brockton is one of several Massachusetts nursing homes owned by Synergy Health Centers.

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Braemoor Health Center is a modest nursing home in Brockton, licensed to care for 120 residents. But Larry Lipschutz, who owns the property, was able to wring $1.8 million in pay out of it last year, according to state records. His son, Avi “Zisha” Lipschutz, who holds the state license to run the nursing home, extracted nearly $900,000 from Braemoor as payments to a realty company and four management firms he owns.
As the owners were taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of Braemoor, the nursing home racked up three and a half times as many health and safety problems as the state average, federal documents show.

Over the past year, a portrait has emerged of substandard care in many of the nursing homes run by Braemoor’s owner, Synergy Health Centers. Poor treatment of patients’ festering pressure sores. Medication errors. Inadequate staff training.

Now, a Globe investigation shows that as father and son were paying themselves handsomely, Synergy apparently provided false information when applying for nursing home licenses. The Globe’s review also found that Synergy and its affiliated companies assembled a string of 11 nursing homes with little state scrutiny of the backgrounds of top executives, including Larry Lipschutz, who faces tens of thousands of dollars in fines because of previous business dealings.

Synergy Health Centers company headquarters is in a two-story brick building tucked behind a bank in Toms River, N.J., a bustling town near the Jersey shore. There is no Synergy sign at the entrance or inside the lobby, only a single 8-by-11-inch piece of paper, with the words “Synergy Health Centers” taped to the front door of the second-floor office. A worker there said no one was available when a reporter visited the office last month.

Lipschutz owns a home assessed at $1.1 million in Monsey, N.Y., and a $1.4 million condo in a luxury high-rise in Miami Beach, according to property records. He did not return phone calls and could not be reached at his New York home.

Nursing home owners profited as complaints rose

Braemoor Health Center is a modest nursing home in Brockton, licensed to care for 120 residents. But Larry Lipschutz, who owns the property, was able to wring $1.8 million in pay out of it last year, according to state records. His son, Avi “Zisha” Lipschutz, who holds the state license to run the nursing home, extracted nearly $900,000 from Braemoor as payments to a realty company and four management firms he owns.

As the owners were taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of Braemoor, the nursing home racked up three and a half times as many health and safety problems as the state average, federal documents show.

Over the past year, a portrait has emerged of substandard care in many of the nursing homes run by Braemoor’s owner, Synergy Health Centers. Poor treatment of patients’ festering pressure sores. Medication errors. Inadequate staff training.

Now, a Globe investigation shows that as father and son were paying themselves handsomely, Synergy apparently provided false information when applying for nursing home licenses. The Globe’s review also found that Synergy and its affiliated companies assembled a string of 11 nursing homes with little state scrutiny of the backgrounds of top executives, including Larry Lipschutz, who faces tens of thousands of dollars in fines because of previous business dealings.

Synergy entered Massachusetts in late 2012 with no record of owning nursing homes, but now presides over facilities licensed to care for more than 1,200 residents in the state. It continued to receive licenses despite providing misleading statements about tax payments on the company’s Braemoor facility, and mounting health and safety problems at several Synergy nursing homes.

In 2014, most of the Synergy nursing homes spent less than $100 a day on nursing care for each patient, some considerably less, according to a Globe analysis of industry financial records. The state median is about $100 daily.

“I don’t know how you get yourself into a situation that you give somebody 11 nursing homes with what’s been happening” with Synergy, said Ray Cryan, a former Massachusetts Health Department manager who had conducted suitability reviews of companies before they would be allowed to buy a nursing home. “They are not applying for a parking sticker in the North End here.”

Synergy’s cofounders, through their public relations firm, declined to respond to a detailed list of questions about the company’s operations and owners. Requests for interviews made in person at the company’s New Jersey headquarters and with a company lawyer went unanswered.

After being told about the findings of the Globe’s investigation, the state’s public health commissioner, Dr. Monica Bharel, released a statement acknowledging her agency needs to overhaul its review of nursing home licensing.

“As this industry quickly shifts, Massachusetts regulators need to revise our current review process and respond appropriately to ensure that residents get the highest quality care in a safe environment,” Bharel said.

Owning a nursing home is rarely as simple as just buying one. Owners routinely establish an affiliated company that holds the property itself and set up additional management and related companies. That is done to make it harder for someone who is suing to get access to the company’s money, according to attorneys who represent patients who have been harmed.

But that also creates a web of companies and owners, and the Globe investigation found state regulators often fail to pierce that.

When a company wants a nursing home license in Massachusetts, it must give the state the names and addresses of anyone involved in that web of ownership and operation.

But the state does background checks only on the people seeking the license to operate the nursing home. That means people who run those affiliated companies are not scrutinized.

‘Massachusetts regulators need to revise our current review process.’

Dr. Monica Bharel, Mass. public health commissioner 

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Consider Larry Lipschutz. He owns the Braemoor property and is part owner of eight other properties that house Synergy nursing homes in Massachusetts, but he does not hold the operating licenses.

If regulators had been required to check his background, they might have discovered an arrest and tens of thousands of dollars in fines related to a tumble-down apartment complex called Branch Brook Gardens he owned in Belleville, N.J.

Lipschutz, a native New Yorker, bought the 22-building development in 1993, and over the next decade ran the once-coveted property into the ground, said New Jersey state Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, who helped tenants lobby for repairs.

“There were broken windows, flooded areas, rats. It was unbelievable,” Caputo said.

State inspectors found roughly 1,400 violations during a March 2004 inspection, according to New Jersey regulators. Local inspectors were citing him, too, with little success in getting repairs or persuading him to show up for court hearings, said Belleville Police Chief Joseph Rotonda.

Local officials finally sought an arrest warrant for the outstanding violations. Lipschutz pleaded guilty in municipal court in November 2004 to local code violations, was fined $935, and still owes Belleville $726.50, according to court documents.

At the same time, state regulators levied $49,369 in fines and fees against Lipschutz but offered to cut that in half if he fixed his buildings. Lipschutz has paid just $3,000 and failed to address the problems, according to New Jersey Department of Community Affairs records.

He sold the complex in March 2005 for $40 million, property records show.

Lipschutz owns a home assessed at $1.1 million in Monsey, N.Y., and a $1.4 million condo in a luxury high-rise in Miami Beach, according to property records. He did not return phone calls and could not be reached at his New York home.

His role in owning the property for six of the Synergy nursing homes is not disclosed in the company’s license applications as required under Massachusetts rules (although even if it had been reported, state authorities acknowledge they wouldn’t have done a background check). That ownership has proved profitable: The $1.8 million in pay he took from Braemoor Health Center stands out among financial reports filed by the state’s roughly 400 other nursing homes, a Globe review shows.

The Globe’s request for copies of all documents the Massachusetts Department of Public Health used in its review of Synergy nursing home applications has been pending for more than a month.

In an e-mailed response to the Globe’s questions, department spokesman Scott Zoback said the Health Department typically checks whether individuals applying for nursing home licenses have a criminal background in Massachusetts or are among vendors prohibited from state and federal health care programs. The agency also checks state and federal records for any other nursing homes an applicant may own, whether sanctions or financial penalties have been imposed, and whether penalties have been paid, Zoback said.

The department also requires applicants to certify they are in “compliance with state law on taxes and child support.”

The state’s review of at least four Synergy license applications apparently missed $30,000 in unpaid unemployment assistance and related state health insurance obligations for the first half of 2014 by Braemoor. A statelien for the delinquent taxes was recently lifted, but during the stretch of time it went unpaid, the Health Department granted Synergy more nursing home licenses. On those four license applications, Synergy indicated it had paid all taxes — even though it hadn’t, according to state records.

Federal liens of $138,000 against Braemoor for unpaid taxes in 2013 and 2014 were satisfied in April of this year, Plymouth County Registry of Deeds records show.

While Larry Lipschutz is listed as the sole owner of the Braemoor property and co-owner of many of the Synergy properties, it’s his 32-year-old son, Zisha, and Dov Newmark, 35, who hold the operating licenses for the Massachusetts nursing homes. They are Synergy’s cofounders.

Their company headquarters is in a two-story brick building tucked behind a bank in Toms River, N.J., a bustling town near the Jersey shore. There is no Synergy sign at the entrance or inside the lobby, only a single 8-by-11-inch piece of paper, with the words “Synergy Health Centers” taped to the front door of the second-floor office. A worker there said no one was available when a reporter visited the office last month.

Three former Synergy employees describe Zisha Lipschutz as an ardent New England Patriots fan and high-energy boss. One former employee and one current worker said Lipschutz would rally his managers during meetings by quoting or showing scenes from “Mad Men,” a TV series about a 1960s-era Madison Avenue advertising firm.

The former employees and the current employee declined to be identified because they still work in the nursing home industry and said they feared that being identified could affect their careers.

The related management and realty companies associated with the nursing homes Zisha Lipschutz and Newmark co-own took in more than $7 million in 2014, according to a review of financial records Synergy filed with Massachusetts regulators.

Both men received bachelor’s degrees in Talmudic law, according to resumes included in their state nursing home licensing application and verified by the Globe.

Lipschutz’s resume lists one New Jersey nursing home company, Regency Post-Acute, Rehab & Nursing Centers, where, it says, he worked for about three years, first as an assistant administrator, then in financial management and business development. Regency verified that Lipschutz had worked there but declined to comment further.

Newmark’s resume lists three Pennsylvania nursing homes and two in New Jersey where, the resume said, he was director of reimbursement and compliance before entering the Massachusetts market in 2012.

That was news to Alex Ringkamp, administrator of Willow Terrace in Philadelphia, one of the nursing homes where Newmark said he had worked between January 2009 and summer 2012.

“I do not know that name, and there was never such a position here,” said Ringkamp, who has worked there since 2008.

Greg Monroe, administrator of Centennial Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, another nursing home listed on Newmark’s resume, said Newmark had not been the facility’s director of reimbursement and compliance. Newmark’s resume indicates he held that position from January 2009 until July 2012.

“He was a consultant here for a short period of time, in 2012,” Monroe said. Newmark reviewed documents to help the facility comply with regulations for government reimbursements, Monroe said.

Newmark’s resume also lists him as director of reimbursements and compliance at Concord Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Lakewood, N.J., and Tuvya Blumenkrantz, business manager there, confirmed Newmark filled that position from January 2009 until summer 2012.

Administrators at two other facilities listed by Newmark did not return phone calls.

Financial skills would prove useful for the considerable bills Newmark and Zisha Lipschutz now shoulder at Synergy.

Registries of deeds records indicate that since 2012, the company has spent $68.5 million buying 10 of its Massachusetts nursing homes. The 11th, Brockton Health Center, is leased from a separate New Jersey company.

At the same time, Synergy has taken on roughly $99 million in mortgages and loans, the records show.

Since opening for business in Massachusetts, Synergy has earned a reputation for aggressive marketing to attract patients, but several former and current employees said Synergy has skimped on nurse staffing and other essentials, such as fresh linens and creams to prevent pressure sores.

Two other former staffers described coveted Patriots playoff tickets Synergy bought in January 2013 — one month after acquiring its first facility in Sunderland. The company spent roughly $25,000 on a suite at Gillette Stadium and invited local doctors and nurses to help woo more business for its new facility, the staffers said.

“It really offended me because I had to do battle to get basic nursing supplies,” said one of the former staffers who still works in the industry and asked to remain anonymous.

In the months following that playoff game, the company cut back on the quality of adult diapers and fresh fruit at its Sunderland facility, according to a former volunteer state ombudsman and government records, and was cited by state investigators for more than a dozen violations.

Two other workers, one still a Synergy staffer, said they have had positive experiences working for the company. One, a former business manager who has since moved on to another nursing home company, said she remembers Zisha Lipschutz dropping in during off hours to hand out pizza to workers.

“They were very good to me, and they were very much for their employees,” said the woman, who asked that her name not be used because she didn’t want her new employer to read about her talking about her former boss.

“If someone needed a hardship loan, they would offer that as well,” she said.

But another former employee accuses Synergy of reneging on thousands of dollars it owes him. Yitzhak Rosenblum, Synergy’s former director of acquisitions, is suing Lipschutz and Newmark, alleging they fired him in June without cause. Rosenblum says the company owes him more than $200,000 for coordinating the acquisition of several nursing homes worth more than $20 million, according to the suit filed in August in Ocean County Superior Court, in New Jersey.

Rosenblum’s suit notes he may be entitled to even more compensation because he was working on the acquisition of two more nursing homes for Synergy, in Linden, N.J., and in Bristol, Tenn. Representatives of those nursing homes did not return phone calls inquiring whether the deals had been completed.

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