Indwelling Urinary Catheters Should Not Be Used to Manage Incontinence

April 13, 2015
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Unfortunately, it is all too common for skilled nursing facilities and hospitals to use indwelling urinary catheters to manage urinary incontinence. However, indwelling urinary catheters are the most common source of bacteremia. In fact, the federal Health Care Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HCICPAC) recommends minimizing urinary catheter use and duration of use in all patients. The…

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The World’s Oldest Person Dies

April 1, 2015
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The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, a 117 year old woman, died today, according to the Guiness World Records.  What a remarkable milestone and just imagine all of the history that Ms. Okawa experienced. Misao Okawa’s 117 year lifespan highlights a growing trend of longevity.  The U.S. population is rapidly aging.  By 2050, according to…

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Nursing Home Neglect: When to Get An Attorney

March 2, 2015
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Elder abuse can come in many forms: neglect, improper dispensing of medications, improper use of restraints or power, causation of emotional distress, or failure to provide care in a timely manner. The signs of elder abuse can be obvious or subtle and some find the idea of broaching the topic of possible abuse overwhelming, understandably…

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Hospice Provider Good Shepherd Settles False Claims Act Suit with DOJ

February 16, 2015
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Two former employees of Good Shepherd, Inc. (a hospice provider that bills Medicare) filed suit under the Qui Tam/Whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The U.S. Government alleged in the suit that Good Shepherd hospice provider knowingly submitted or caused submission of false claims for hospice care for patients who were not terminally ill.…

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Judge Pleads Guilty to Bribery | Nursing Home Negligence Verdict

February 2, 2015
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Judge Michael Maggio plead guilty to federal charges of accepting a bribe to reduce a nursing home negligence verdict from $5.2 million to $1 million. Judge Maggio had planned to run for an Appellate Court seat. He was removed from the bench last year. York Law Firm is comprised of Sacramento based lawyers that handle elder abuse…

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Choosing the Right Nursing Home Facility

January 26, 2015
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Choosing a nursing home facility can be an emotional and stressful time. Frequently, we’re asked,  how to go about picking a facility for parents and we have several criteria that we think are important. 1. The first is picking out the facility that near your work or your home, so can visit your mom or dad frequently. The transition period…

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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

January 12, 2015
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The most common signs of neglect and abuse in a nursing home include bed sores, dehydration, big weight loss, multiple fractures, bruises. But one of the most common signs that we see most frequently is when you go in to visit your loved one and your loved one seems like he or she is drugged up,…

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Nursing Home Neglect Cases

November 26, 2014
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The nursing home industry is big business and they’re putting profit over people. We’re seeing it in several forms. One is understaffing. They don’t have sufficient staff to give care to our loved ones. Or their staff don’t have the proper training or education to understand their medical conditions. But most importantly, the most disturbing…

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Study | Adverse Event During Post-Acute Stay in Nursing Home

October 27, 2014
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The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, conducted a four-year study by evaluating post-acute care provided in skilled nursing facilities. An adverse event is an event that resulted in harm (prolonged nursing home stay, transfer to the hospital, permanent harm, or death). This study concluded that the majority of the adverse…

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Nursing Home Chain Has Agreed to Settle for $38 Million with the DOJ

October 24, 2014
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One of the largest nursing home chains, Extendicare Health Services, has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice following an investigation that identified many disturbing instances of substandard care including: falls, fractures, head injuries to residents, malnutrition, pressure sores and infections. In addition, the investigation found that Extendicare facilities admitted very sick residents without…

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