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NPR Story Features CANHR v. Dooley Case

NPR’s Morning Edition recently spotlighted the growing problem of “hospital dumping” of nursing home residents. Reporter Ina Jaffe told the story of Bruce Anderson, a co-plaintiff along with CANHR in the CANHR v. Dooley case and a nursing home resident who has been stuck in a hospital for nearly a year after the State of California ordered he be readmitted to his nursing home. After making these orders, the State does nothing to enforce them, exacerbating a resident’s abandonment.

Read the CANHR v. Dooley complaint

2016 Rates and Cost of Living Adjustments
Updated 2016 Aged & Disabled Medi-Cal Threshold and APPR

New Developments

  • Sacramento Bee Reports Shifting Population in California Nursing Homes Creates ‘Dangerous Mix'

    A new investigation and report by the Sacramento Bee describes dangerous conditions inside California nursing homes related to changing admission practices at many nursing homes. Nursing homes are increasingly admitting younger persons with chronic or mental illnesses, those suffering from addictions and individuals who lack housing. The Bee reports that the population of California nursing home residents under age 65 grew by nearly 40 percent over the last 20 years, while the number over 65 shrank by 11 percent. The “quality of care appears to be a casualty in the changing patient mix,” the Bee found because many nursing homes are not prepared to meet the divergent needs of residents.
    Read the Sacramento Bee's Editorial
    (posted April 5th, 2016)

  • Support SB 938 to Ensure Appropriate Treatment for Conservatees with Dementia

    SB 938 (Jackson) is a CANHR-sponsored bill to amend Probate Code Section 2356.5. Section 2356.5 permits conservators to seek special powers to authorize the involuntary administration of psychotropic drugs to conservatives with dementia. SB 938 requires greater detail from a conservatee’s treating health care provider to demonstrate that a proposed psychotropic drug prescription is appropriate and the least intrusive treatment alternative before a court can approve the use of psychotropic drugs for a conservatee with dementia. The goal of the bill is to ensure good care for people with dementia who are conserved.

    Click here to read CANHR's facts sheet and sample SB 938 support letter.

    Please support SB 938 today!
    (posted March 24th, 2016)

  • Trial Begins in Whistleblower Lawsuit Against DPH on Charges State Investigator was Forced to Close Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Investigations

    On March 15, a jury in San Diego began hearing a major whistleblowing case in which a nurse investigator for the Department of Public Health reports supervisors forced her to close investigations of abuse and of neglect leading to the death of nursing home residents. In her opening testimony, the whistleblower, Rose Espiritu, testified she was illegally pressured to close complaint cases without proper investigations. CANHR has had longstanding concerns about the mismanagement of the San Diego District office of the Department of Public Health, which is the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse.

    Watch and read the story by KGTV, ABC 10 News in San Diego
    (posted March 17th, 2016)

  • Complaint Reports against RCFEs Now Available Online
    Checking on the regulatory performance of assisted living facilities continues to improve. Community Care Licensing, the division of the Department of Social Services (DSS) that inspects assisted living facilities and responds to complaints, has now uploaded all Complaint Reports from January 2016 forward onto its Facility Search website. Current and prospective residents and their family members should greatly benefit from this new information about facility performance. Unfortunately, to review complaints made prior to January 2016, consumers will still have to travel to remote DSS regional offices to review a facility's paper file. Click here to check on a facility's regulatory history.
    (posted March 7th, 2016)
  • Medicare Beneficiaries Still Denied Coverage due to Illegal Use of Improvement Standard
    On March 1, 2016 the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Vermont Legal Aid filed a Motion to require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to enforce the settlement of the landmark Medicare case, Jimmo v. Sebelius. Jimmo, brought on behalf of a nationwide class of Medicare beneficiaries who were denied coverage and access to care because they did not show sufficient potential for “improvement,” was settled in 2012. Despite the settlement, CMS has continued to deny coverage and care based on the improvement standard.
    Click here for more information.
    (posted March 3rd, 2016)

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