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Tennessee CON Report

In this Issue: - I. March 2015 — Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - II. Certificate of Need Program Report—Filings in March 2015 - III. Projects Deemed Complete for Review at May 2015 Meeting...more

Falls a major contributor of nursing home deaths

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,800 elderly nursing home residents die every year due to fall-related injuries. Those who survive, it reports, sustain injuries that cause permanent disability...more

Arbitration Agreements in Residency Contracts Offer Valuable Protections—Part III

Over the past few months, I have explained how arbitration agreements can help save your company money, and described several “best practices” for drafting arbitration agreements. As I wrote last month, getting your case...more

Repositioning of Nursing Homes to Alternative Models of Care

The juncture of the increasing drive to lower health care costs, consumer preferences for at home care or care in more residential environments, and the ability to deliver care as needed in portable and flexible ways, all...more

Illinois should allow cameras in nursing homes

Few things may be more difficult for families than placing their older loved ones in the care of an Illinois nursing home. Many people may have no choice as their elderly family members require constant help or supervision...more

Worthless Services Investigations and Settlements: The Enforcement Trend Continues

In recent years, state and federal governments have shown their willingness to criminally pursue skilled nursing home owners and operators for allegedly administering “worthless” or substandard quality of care to their...more

NJ Appeals Court Upends Nursing Home Negligence Suit

In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for long-term care litigation, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that § 30:13-4.2 of the Nursing Home Responsibilities and Residents’ Rights Act (NHA) does...more

GAO Calls for Expanded HHS Efforts to Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use in Community Settings

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining the extent to which antipsychotic drugs are prescribed for older adults with dementia in nursing homes and other settings. ...more

Construction E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - What Should Parties Do With Unusually Severe Weather on a Construction Project? - Excerpt from What Should Parties Do With Unusually Severe Weather on a Construction Project?: Rain....more

Report: 30 percent of nursing homes cited for patient abuse

Elder abuse is currently one of the most pressing issues facing seniors in Illinois, and a study performed by federal staffers may show why. The Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee...more

Nursing Home Lawsuits - The Need to Ensure Best Practices in Clinical Record Keeping

As more and more lawyers focus their attention on bringing claims against Skilled Nursing Facilities in the State of New York, we cannot underestimate the importance of ensuring best practices in clinical record keeping. ...more

Texas Supreme Court Opinions and Orders (3/15)

In its weekly order list, the Supreme Court of Texas issued four opinions and accepted a certified question from the Fifth Circuit. ...more

Nursing Home Abuse and Your Elderly Loved Ones

Elder abuse is a serious problem across the country. For family members with elderly loved ones in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, it can be extremely difficult to learn that your loved one’s personal injuries...more

In New York, when is a Nursing Home or Hospital liable for the malpractice of a doctor who treats one of its patients? -- Mduba...

In New York, some courts have held that “the person who avails himself of hospital facilities has a right to expect satisfactory treatment from any personnel who are furnished by the hospital.” Mduba v. Benedictine Hospital...more

Is your loved one a victim of nursing home neglect?

Illinois families are often faced with the difficult decision of placing a loved one in a nursing home, where they are supposed to receive the care that their families are unable to provide. ...more

California's Patients' Rights Statute Limits Statutory Damages to a Maximum of $500, Not $500 Per Violation

In Lemaire v. Covenant Care California, LLC, 2015 WL 340677, the Second District Court of Appeal held that while patients may sue nursing facilities under California Health & Safety Code §1430(b) for violation of federal and...more

CMS Raises the Bar for Nursing Home Quality Ratings under "Nursing Home Compare 3.0"

CMS has made revisions to the measurements used in the Nursing Home Compare Five Star Quality Rating System that have resulted in a decline in the star rating for about one-third of nursing homes. Specifically, on February...more

Health Care Update - February 2015 #3

In This Issue: - IRS in the ACA Spotlight - DOJ and FTC Examine Competition - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other...more

Changes to CMS' Five-Star Ratings System Turn Up the Heat on Nursing Homes and Increase Risks for Psychotropic Use

On Feb. 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) unveiled Version 3.0 of its Nursing Home Compare, which updates the current 5-Star Quality Rating System to reflect higher performance standards. Because of these...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

Black Tuesday Falls on a Friday for Nation’s Nursing Homes

If you think of CMS quality ratings as the Dow Jones index, then last Friday, February 20, was the equivalent of Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market collapsed. Why? ...more

False Claims Act – 2014 Year in Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and...more

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Constitutionality of Nursing Home Bed Tax

In the closing days of its January term, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a “bed tax” on Illinois nursing homes, reversing the Circuit Court’s judgment that the tax violates the state...more

Week in Review - January 2015

Committee deadlines for the 2015 session were established this week: - March 20, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin; - March 27, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion...more

Pennsylvania Nursing Home That Failed To Sign Arbitration Agreement Cannot Seek to Enforce the Agreement

On January 15, 2015, the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Bair v. Manor Care of Elizabethtown, PA, LLC 2015 Pa. Super. 9 (2015) ruled that a nursing home arbitration agreement was not enforceable when the facility did not sign...more

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