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How to Report Elder Abuse in West Virginia

Elder abuse often goes unreported because elderly individuals do not always have the ability or the courage to speak up for themselves. It is up to their loved ones and concerned citizens to speak out. However, that can be difficult if you are unsure… Read More

Study: Life-Sustaining Orders Clash with Nursing Residents' Treatment Preferences

A new study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine reveals that nursing home residents' current treatment preferences often clash with preferences for life-sustaining medical orders. Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco and Indiana… Read More

Use of Ventilators Increasing for Hospitalized Nursing Home Residents

According to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, more and more nursing home residents with advanced dementia are being put on mechanical ventilators when they are hospitalized, even though the treatment does not improve their chances of survival. Researchers… Read More

New Rule Prohibits Nursing Homes from Resolving Disputes Via Forced Arbitration

In the largest regulatory overhaul in two decades, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new rule last month banning federally-funded nursing homes from using forced arbitration agreements to resolve disputes with residents. Forced… Read More

Falls are the Most Common Cause of Senior Injuries, Death

A senior in the United States falls every second, and these falls are the leading cause of injury and death for this population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    There were 29 million falls among older Americans in… Read More

Memo Offers Guidelines on Preventing Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents

Social media abuse has become a growing problem at nursing homes, as there are more and more media reports about nursing home staff members taking and posting pictures or videos of residents without their consent. This disturbing trend has prompted the… Read More

New Survey Says Nursing Homes Not Using Cameras Due to Privacy Concerns

Installing cameras in residents' rooms might help nursing home administrators do a better job monitoring staff-patient interactions, which could help administrators spot nursing home abuse and stop it. However, the biggest concern about installing… Read More

Genesis Healthcare Settles Federal Investigation for $52.7 Million

Genesis Healthcare, the largest long-term care provider in the country, has agreed to settle four U.S. Department of Justice investigations for a total of $52.7 million. Genesis was under investigation for violations of federal and state laws on health… Read More

Congress Wants Tougher Nursing Home Regulations

Thirty-two members of Congress signed a letter demanding tougher nursing home regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In the letter, congressional leaders say that the CMS' proposed overhaul of nursing home regulations does… Read More

Five New Factors Added to Nursing Home Ratings System

On July 27, five new quality measures will be added to the Five-Star Quality Ratings system for nursing homes . The new measures should help improve safety and accountability at nursing homes and help families get a more accurate comparison of the quality… Read More

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New AHCA Guide Focuses on Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents

Due to an increasing, newer form of elder abuse, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) has created a training kit to be…

Why Arbitration is Bad for Consumers

Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution that is not conducted in a courtroom. No judge presides, no jury weighs the issues…

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