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Inspector General Audit Could Impact Skilled Nursing Facilities

by Ruder Ware on

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may see even more scrutiny from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because of a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and...more

OIG Issues Stark Warning to Skilled Nursing Facilities: Potential Abuse or Neglect of Residents Receiving Emergency Room Services...

On August 24, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued an “Early Alert” that disclosed the preliminary results of its ongoing review of abuse of Medicare...more

Nursing Home Nightmares — Beyond poor care

The lack of good care in nursing homes is a very real problem. Owners trying to enhance the bottom line often run with thin staffs, and it is the patient who suffers. For example, bed sores can cause terrible injuries and...more

OIG Reports That CMS Has Inadequate System for Identifying SNF Abuse

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued an “Early Alert” regarding the preliminary results of an ongoing study of potential abuse or neglect in Medicare-certified skilled...more

Raising a Paw to Recent Animal Law Efforts in Maryland

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Whoever said that a diamond is a girl’s best friend never had a dog. Within the first few minutes of every conversation, professional or personal, the person I am speaking with always casually, or sometimes intentionally,...more

Protecting Vulnerable Adults While Protecting Their Physicians – A Proposed Statutory Amendment

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Arizona Supreme Court’s recent decision in Delgado v. Manor Care of Tucson AZ, LLC, subjects health care providers to liability for ordinary negligence under the Adult Protective Services Act. This decision therefore...more

Elder Abuse: Who is doing it?

When the time comes that an aging family member needs full-time care, or more care than he or she is receiving, most eyes turn to a daughter or a son, or depending on the circumstances, a grandchild. Often, employment...more

Elder Abuse: Signs, Symptoms You Can Identify

The mistreatment of the aged is a societal ill that, sadly, is unlikely to be cured soon. The statistics tell the story. By 2025, the global population of seniors (defined as those age 60 and older) will reach 1.2 billion....more

Elder Abuse: Awareness Day Aims To End It

Neglect of the elderly, an all-too-often occurrence in nursing homes and other community settings, will take center stage June 15, 2017, during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day....more

You Should Know - April 2017

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse? Choosing nursing home, assisted living or in-home medical care is complicated, difficult and often an emotional process. The last thing on your mind is the possibility...more

CMS Issues Sweeping Final Rule, Significantly Changing the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the...

by Reed Smith on

On September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation (ROPs) for long-term care (LTC) facilities...more

Nursing homes barred from hiding patient harms behind a dubious legal shield

A 100-year-old woman is strangled by her roommate, but a lawsuit against the nursing home gets blocked from court. Another nursing home dodges a suit when a 94-year-old patient suffers an unexplained and fatal head wound. An...more

Facility Policies Can Become a Basis for Assessing Civil Monetary Penalties

by Williams Mullen on

In Brenham Nursing & Rehab. Ctr. v. U.S. Dep't of Health & Human Servs., No. 15-60272, 2016 WL 454320 (5th Cir. Feb. 4, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a Final Agency Decision of the...more

Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is a significant problem in the United States that affects thousands of innocent victims every year. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get an accurate measure of the scope of the problem, and the National...more

West Virginia Supreme Court- Medical Power of Attorney Does Not Have Power to Make Binding Legal Decisions for Incapacitated...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In May, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a decision in the Wanda Williams v. CMO Management, LLC case. Robert Thompson suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and resided at a nursing facility preceding his...more

Allegations of Understaffing Can Be Sufficient to Plead a Cause of Action for Elder Abuse Based on Recklessness

In Fenimore v. The Regents of the University of California, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 231, the Second District Court of Appeal held that allegations that a hospital was understaffed at the time an elderly patient fell, that the...more

Perspectives - March/April - 2016

by Benesch on

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations that came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply...more

The Importance of the Nursing Home Care Act

by Howard Ankin on

To counter the increasing number of nursing home neglect and elder abuse crimes, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Nursing Home Care Act in 2010. Since then, the legislation has been amended and cited numerous times in...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Significantly Modifying the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the Medicare and...

by Reed Smith on

On July 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation for long term care (“LTC”) facilities...more

Parents Arrested for Unsupervised Children: The Rest of the Story

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

I am always outraged by the stories of parents arrested for allowing their children to play in ways that earlier generations considered routine. But a recent court decision reminded me that the story is not always as clear as...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Long-Term Care Facility Participation Requirements

by King & Spalding on

On July 16, 2015, CMS published a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare and Medicaid participation requirements for long-term care facilities at 42 C.F.R. Part 483. As CMS points out, an overhaul is necessary...more

New CMS Proposed Rule Revises Long-Term Care Facility Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Program Participation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 13, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) issued a long-awaited proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that would revise the requirements that long-term care (LTC) facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare...more

The Medicaid Fraud Control Units: Fiscal Year 2014 Report

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Annual Report (Report) on the performance of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs)...more

4 potential signs of nursing home neglect

by Howard Ankin on

The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that one in three nursing home residents in the United States suffer from neglect. Illinois investigates nursing homes every 15 months or less, but a study by the U.S. General...more

Is your loved one a victim of nursing home neglect?

by Howard Ankin on

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

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