- Website Tool Allows You to Search Your Doctor's Prescribing Practices
ProPublica (www.propublica.org) has released an on-line search tool allowing people to look up a physician's prescribing practices as it relates to antipsychotics. The search tool shows what percentage of a physician's Medicare Part D patients were 65 or older and what percentage of patients received an antipsychotic. Check your doctor's rate by going to http://projects.propublica.org/checkup
(posted May 17, 2013)
- RCFE/Assisted Living "Death" Charges to End
ABC's Channel 7 - "7 On Your Side" - highlights AB 261 (Chesbro), which will end the ability of Residential Care Facilities to require advanced notice or to charge fees after a resident has died. Watch the video here.
(posted May 14, 2013)
- IHSS Lawsuit Settlement - Devastating Cuts Avoided
Lawyers representing IHSS consumers, unions and the State of California have reached a settlement that will prevent the implementation of devastating cuts to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). In the settlement, the State has agreed to repeal and eliminate two major cuts to IHSS: (1) the 20% across-the-board reduction in IHSS hours from 2011, and (2) the termination or reduction in IHSS for many recipients based on their functional index score from 2009. Read More...
(posted March 20, 2013)
- Disability Rights California Report Finds Dominican Hospital Ethics Committee and Physicians Violated Patient's Right to Make End-of-Life Decisions Before Terminating His Life-Sustaining Dialysis Treatments. After what appears to be a very exhaustive investigation, Disability Rights California found numerous problems surrounding the death of a patient of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Most notably, the hospital's bioethics committee decided to discontinue its patient's dialysis treatment depite having no legal authority to do so and despite a Physician's Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form in which the patient directed full treatment of his conditions. The patient died following the termination of his dialysis. Read the full report here.
(posted March 12, 2013)
- Harrowing 911 Call & Refusal to Perform CPR - National Dialogue Needed? Most of you have probably heard about the refusal of a Bakersfield Glenwood Gardens nurse to provide CPR to an 87 year old resident, despite the pleas of the 911 dispatcher. For seven minutes and 16 seconds, the dispatcher begged staff to do something to save the resident, who died shortly after EMTs arrived. The resident lived in the Glenwood Gardens independent living section. Although Glenwood Gardens has applied for CCRC status, it has not yet been approved, so the unit was not subject to any state or federal regulations. In fact, there are no regulations that require CPR, even in assisted living.
(posted March 5, 2013)
- Office of Inspector General Report: $5.1 billion in Medicare funds wasted on poor nursing home care
The report, titled, "Skilled Nursing Facilities Often Fail to Meet Care Planning and Discharge Planning Requirements," was released Thursday, February 28, 2013, by the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general, and noted that Medicare paid about $5.1 billion for patients to stay in skilled nursing facilities that failed to meet federal quality of care rules in 2009, in some cases resulting in dangerous and neglectful conditions.
(posted Feb 28, 2013)
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