Choosing an Elder Care Facility

Elder Care Facilities – Which One is Right for You? Does your loved one need more care and supervision than you can provide at home?  Are you at a loss about what type of facility or home is appropriate for your Mom or Dad?  This blog is dedicated to describing the different types of homes…

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Discovery Sanctions Issued Against Defense Attorney for Sexist Comment

Federal Judge Paul Grewal from the Northern District of California recently issued an order in a civil rights case against the defense counsel on a Motion Seeking Sanctions and to Compel Discovery when the defense counsel, during a deposition, said it was not “becoming of a woman” to raise her voice during a contentious deposition.…

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Study Finds Lower Quality of Care at For Profit Nursing Home Chains

In 2012, over half of nursing homes chains were operated by corporate chains. Facilities owned by the largest for-profit chains were reported to have lower quality of care. In a recent study reported by the Official Journal of the Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association, the study concludes that evidence suggests that nursing homes…

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Protecting Your Rights in Nursing Homes

As with most life milestones, signing up for a nursing home means filling out a lot of paperwork. In addition to financing, rules and procedures, emergency contacts and vitamin supplements, the nursing home industry also includes sections that protect themselves from wrongful accusation. While this is a smart and prudent business strategy, in the wrong…

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Are Sub-Acute Facilities Really that Different?

Sub-acute facilities are a relatively recent trend and are beginning to appear more and more. Why? It is simple: money. Recent reimbursement rates changes from Medicare make it such that a nursing home can get higher reimbursement rates for a resident that needs more specialized care (such as tracheotomy care, intravenous tube feeding and complex…

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Insurance Companies May Have Financial Reasons to Dump Patients on Hospice

There is a recent trend developing in hospice care for those covered under the Medicare Advantage Plans. For those unfamiliar with Medicare Advantage plans, they are plans where Medicare-eligible persons receive coverage from a private health insurer through Medicare. They generally have lower premiums than Medicare Supplement plans (also known as Medicare “Part B” Plans),…

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Medicare Reimbursements To Nursing Homes Will Increase By in 2015

The long term care industry (nursing home industry) is high fiving each other because they successfully negotiated another $750 Million pay increase in 2015 from Medicare. This is the same industry that in the fiscal year 2012, Medicare paid $32.2 Billion (yes that is Billion with a capital B) for skilled nursing facility services.[1] According…

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Bill AB1572 Strengthens The Rights Of Residential Care Facility Residents

AB1572 was just signed into law by Governor Brown. AB1572 strengthens the rights of RCFE residents and their families to form resident and family councils. Resident and family councils are a powerful tool to improve quality of life and care in RCFEs. This new legislation provides that two or more residents can now form a resident…

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The U.S. Government Releases Startling Statistics About Elder Abuse

The U.S. Government recently published the Elder Justice Road Map Project in response to an emerging health, financial and social crisis. This initiative was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services. In the report, the Government identifies the human and economic toll that elder…

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Nursing Home Claims That Woman Died After Her Ventilator “Malfunctioned”

In the latest nursing home death case, the Attorney General’s Office and the State Department of Health are investigating the death of a 71 year old woman in the ventilator unit at Medford Nursing Home where employees are already facing criminal charges in the death of another resident in the same unit. The spokesman for…

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