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About achicotel

Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.

Informed Consent Rights Are Every Bit as Strong in Hospitals as in Nursing Homes

The issue of hospital-initiated antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia is one of the many reasons for the overuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes.  Antipsychotics are started in the hospital the drugs typically stay with the resident as she moves … Continue reading

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New Study: Benzos Are Really Bad News

In a recent study the NY Times calls “disturbing,” researchers reviewing years of medical records for 9,000 people found a very strong link between benzodiazapenes (anti-anxiety drugs) and Alzheimer’s Disease.  The NY Times article does a great job of analyzing … Continue reading

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The 70% Left Behind

On Friday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its new goals for reducing antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes. Touting the 15% reduction in antipsychotic use in nursing homes since 2011, CMS wants antipsychotic use to decline by … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Assisted Living Facility Eliminates Off-Label Antipsychotics

Reinforcing the notion that commitment and effort is 90% of success, a New Hampshire assisted living facility has eliminated off-lable use of antipsychotics for residents with dementia. The success of Granite Ledges, in Concord, New Hampshire, was recently reported in … Continue reading

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Are Anti-Anxiety Drugs Anti-Elderly?

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney I recently re-checked the American Geriatric Society’s updated Beers Criteria and was struck by its strong admonishment against the use of benzodiazapenes, including popular anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Ativan, and Restoril, for older adults. … Continue reading

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Class Action Informed Consent Cases – What Do They Mean?

In the past month, there have been two media stories involving class action lawsuits brought by the Johnson Moore law firm against Ventura County nursing homes.  One case recently settled and the other was just recently filed.  Both cases allege … Continue reading

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U.S. Attny: Unnecessary Drugs = Inadequate, Substandard, and Worthless Services

In a thunderbolt from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, two Country Villa nursing homes in Watsonville have been sued for False Claims Act violations related to the overmedication of residents, many of whom had dementia and were chemically restrained. The lawsuit … Continue reading

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Great Dementia Care Newsletters from New York City Alz. Ass’n

CANHR recently learned about a series of free newsletters on dementia care available for free from the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The topics covered include interpreting resistance to care, addressing sundowning, and enhancing mealtimes. The newsletters … Continue reading

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State and Feds Issue Joint Statement to Stop Drug Misuse

In a rare joint statement of the California Department of Public Health (DPH) and the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), nursing homes have been warned once more that misuse of antipsychotic drugs is being targeted for eradication. … Continue reading

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Serial Trial Intervention – A Promising Alternative to “Therapeutic Nihilism”

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney I was recently reviewing a couple of studies about the effectiveness of the Serial Trial Intervention (STI) approach to dementia care and was struck by the findings.  In short the STI approach uses physical … Continue reading

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