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Friday, October 21, 2016

New CMS Rule Eliminates Nursing Homes’ Unfair Legal Advantage


In September, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule which prohibits  nursing homes and long-term care facilities from forcing patients and their families into private arbitration. This rule goes into effect in November 2016.

 


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Social Media Abuse: Is Your Loved One a Victim?

{3 minutes to read} Social media and smartphones are not only being used to share statuses and news with friends, they’re putting helpless loved ones at risk for humiliation, or even worse - abuse.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

All That Glitters is Not Good Health Care: The “Chandelier Effect” in Nursing Homes

{3:05 minutes to read} A disturbing trend is emerging in the American nursing homes industry: In their ambitious race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are shifting their marketing focus to attract short-term rehabilitation patients. The reason for this is that although Medicare does not pay for long-term stays, it generally will cover short-term, post-hospital rehab stays, and pays nursing homes more than Medicaid.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sexual Abuse of Nursing Home Patients Must End!

{3:00 minutes to read} The increasing number of Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes has led to a rise of sexual abuse.

As baby boomers age, the risk of their suffering from cognitive impairments grows. The most well known cause of cognitive impairment is Alzheimer's disease. Some 5.3 million Americans suffer from this illness; moreover, two-thirds of them are women. Since Alzheimer’s sufferers may have difficulty communicating, recognizing or understanding, many unfortunately are vulnerable to sexual abuse.

 


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Each Time a Senior Suffers a Fall, It’s Harder & Harder to Get Back Up

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A fall can really keep an active person down.

Six months ago, my good friend fell in her house and broke her hip. Although she’s in her 80s, until then she had been active, independent and really enjoyed travelling to visit friends and relatives. She slowly recovered from her injury, but even after she finished a course of physical rehabilitation, she was worried about having a second fall. As a result, she now limits her activities to staying close to home and visiting her doctors. She rarely travels for fun. Her fall has prematurely restricted her vigorous lifestyle and drawn her world closer than ever.

A recent Center for Disease Control report finds that the increasing rate of injuries and fatalities from falls for Americans over the age of 65, is itself a major health concern.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nursing Homes = Profits Over People?

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Do nursing home residents suffer from the Profits Over People business model?

A recent article in the New York Times reported that a patient in a small Bronx nursing home was beaten to death by an employee.

The Bronx nursing home is owned by a for-profit private company - often a recipe for disaster when in a healthcare setting. The bottom line is to increase earnings and decrease spending. This strategy negatively affects nursing home standards for staffing levels and the quality of patient care.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Senior Safety Alert: Antipsychotic Use On The Rise

Nursing homes prescribe patients dangerous medications at an unusually high rate -- 20% of US nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs that aren't necessary.

Antipsychotics are powerful psychiatric medications with serious and permanent side effects, including death. If only 2% of the general population needs these medications, why do nursing homes prescribe them to patients at ten times that rate?  

These drugs were initially intended for people with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. They're not intended to treat people with Alzheimers and were repeatedly denied approval for use in patients with dementia. They increase memory loss and crush people’s spirits.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The New Type of ER: “Exceptional Rooms” for Seniors

Appropriate emergency room care for seniors is a topic of critical concern. A recent New York Times article, Emergency Rooms Are No Place for the Elderly, discusses the challenges emergency care providers have balancing the extra care and attention older patients require with the need for speedy diagnosis and treatment.

Many seniors suffer from multiple, chronic medical conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. If these conditions are not treated regularly, serious and even life-threatening complications can occur. Unfortunately, too often, people put their health care on the the “back burner,” and otherwise treatable illnesses become too disabling to ignore. As a result, a hospital visit for emergency treatment may be necessary.


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