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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

Seven Students Injured in Jackson County School Bus Crash on Route 21

Seven students suffered minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for examination after a rear-end crash involving two Jackson County school buses on Thursday, Oct. 27, around 7 a.m. on Route 21. The buses were transporting a total of 50 students. According… Read More

Hospital Infections Less Likely at Rural Hospitals, New Federal Report Says

According to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare-associated infections are less likely to occur at hospitals in rural areas than hospitals in urban areas. Healthcare-associated infections include surgical site infections… Read More

Teenage Driving Fatalities Up for First Time in Almost a Decade

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released a study revealing that the number of deaths from traffic accidents involving teenage drivers has increased for the first time in nearly 10 years.   GHSA researchers analyzed traffic fatality… 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

Study of Medical Malpractice Claims Finds Misdiagnosis is the Most Common Problem

In a study of 1,180 medical malpractice claims, The Doctors Company found that the most common allegations were for failed, delayed or incorrect diagnoses, accounting for 39 percent of the claims in the study. More than half of the misdiagnosis claims… 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

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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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