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Nursing Home Abuse

MEDICATION ERRORS ARE TOO COMMON

A recent report from the well-respected Institute of Medicine (IOM) discloses that 1.5 million Americans are harmed by medication errors ever year. More than one-half of these injuries occurred in nursing homes. The IOM is an independent group of health care leaders based in Washington, D.C., and advises the federal government on health issues. The…[Read More]

NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR CONVICTED

It is nice to see that sometimes the administrator of that bad nursing home is getting the blame! A former Pennsylvania nursing home administrator was found guilty on July 7 of one count of healthcare fraud and eight counts of making false statements. The administrator faces 8 to 10 years in prison for defrauding both…[Read More]

Doctors will treat fewer patients under new Medicare Plan

This morning in the paper was a blurb – on a report released this week from Tampa Florida. The American Medical Association believes the federal government’s mandate to reduce Medicare payments will force more doctors to stop seeing elderly and miltary patients. AMA speaker Jeremy Lazarus stated that “over the next nine years, Medicare will…[Read More]

WRITE IT DOWN

Almost daily, we have clients tell us “I wish I had known to keep a log before this all happened.” What happens is as follows – someone comes in to our office with a possible negligence claim against a nursing home, medical provider etc. We ask them – “did you ever make any formal complaints…[Read More]

Better Safe than Sorry

Are you allergic to ANYTHING? Nuts? Sulphur drugs? What about Penicillin? You wouldn’t dream of eating in a restaurant without asking the waitress what is in the chef’s special sauce, so why would you take a prescription from the pharmacy without question? You know where you “sign in” at the pharmacy – you are really…[Read More]

CAN YOUR NURSING HOME PREVENT AND TREAT BEDSORES?

Too many nursing home residents suffer from bedsores, also known as decubitus ulcers. These unsightly and painful ulcers are the result of the failure by staff to turn and change the resident’s position every 2 hours. Patients who are confined to their bed or wheel chair are at high risk for developing decubitus ulcers. Poor…[Read More]

DRUG-COATED CARDIAC STENTS CAUSE PROBLEMS

Cardiac arteries clogged by fatty deposits are a known health threat which often leads to heart attacks. The Gold Standard of treatment used to be angioplasty – a surgical procedure in which a balloon is inflated inside the blood vessel to flatten any plaque which obstructs the flow of blood. However, doctors soon discovered the…[Read More]

I read an article today – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=43631 It’s interesting. Apparently, our federal government and its administrative agencies designed to regulate and police certain industries, such as Nursing Homes, have not been as strict, resolved, or hard on nursing homes as of late. The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, in a report publihsed…[Read More]