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What is Hospice and Should My Loved One Be Placed On Hospice?

What is Hospice and Should My Loved One Be Placed On Hospice? What is Hospice and Should My Loved One be placed on Hospice? – Hospice care is not considered a type of treatment for sick patients, but rather a plan of care for terminally ill or dying patients who are assessed as having six…

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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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What is an ALF/RCFE and Is It The Right Fit For Your Loved Ones?

What is an ALF/RCFE and Is It The Right Fit For Your Loved Ones? What is an ALF/RCFE and Is It The Right Fit For Your Loved Ones? – Assisted living facilities are another form of RCFE (Residential Care Facility for the Elderly). Typically the primary difference between an assisted living facility and a board…

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What Is a Board and Care Home and Is It Right For Your Loved One?

What Is a Board and Care Home and Is It Right For Your Loved One? Board and care homes are one type of RCFE (Residential Care Facility for Elderly). They are licensed by the Department of Social Services and must meet all applicable state regulations. Board and care homes typically care for no more than…

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Patients and Patient Representatives are Entitled to Medical Records

Patients and Patient Representatives are Entitled to Medical Records A common question that we are asked is, “Can I have access to my elderly mother’s medical records?”  The short answer is yes if you hold the Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA). Cal Health & Safety Code § 123110(b) states: Additionally, any patient or patient’s representative…

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How Can I Get a Family Member’s Medical Records After They Die?

How Can I get deceased Family Members Medical Records? Deceased Family Members Medical Records – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is made up of stringent regulations regarding the disclosure of patient medical records. It applies to all health care providers (i.e. doctor offices; hospitals, etc.) and is based on the general found…

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Lack of Training Results in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Lack of Training Results in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Yet another story makes the news involving a nursing home where a CNA staff member, while using a mechanical lift, drops a resident resulting in a serious head injury. During the Department of Health & Human Services’ investigation, it was discovered that the CNA was…

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Nursing Home Blocks Sexual Assault Investigation

Nursing Home Blocks Sexual Assault Investigation Nursing Home Blocks Sexual Assault Investigation – A Volusia County nursing home located in Tallahassee, Florida is now blocking local law enforcement officials from investigating an alleged rape of one of its elderly female residents.  Last week, Daytona Beach Health & Rehabilitation Center and its parent company NHS Management…

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Fines for Nursing Homes

Fines for Nursing Homes Inadequate Care leading to Two Elderly Residents Dying In a Los Angeles Times article on June 11, 2009, it was reported that State officials recently fined two nursing homes (fines for Nursing Homes) in Orange County for providing inadequate care that led to the deaths of two residents. In late November…

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New Cause of Action Against Nursing Homes | York Law Corp

Action against Nursing Homes – Civil Rights Violations in Nursing Homes are Now Recognized Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 According to a recent article posted on Law.com, the estate of Melvinteen Daniels brought an action against nursing homes, The Kane Center in Allegheny County, Pa., for Mrs. Daniels’s fatal case of sepsis caused by neglect,…

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