Month: October 2008

Study Shows Improved Oral Hygiene Reduces Risk of Pneumonia in Elderly Nursing Home Residents

A recent study by researchers at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Maryland reveals that enhanced oral hygiene dramatically reduces the risk of pneumonia in elderly nursing home residents.  Specifically, the study shows that mechanical oral hygiene (tooth brushing) has a preventative effect on mortality from pneumonia. Approximately one in 10 cases …

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Medicare and Medicaid announces new "5 star" rating system for Nursing Homes

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that by the end of 2008, a new 5 star rating system will be added to their website.  Similar to the system used to rate hotels, the 5 star ratings will be used to assist residents and their families in determining the quality of care …

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Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act bill proposed

On April 9, 2008, Senator Mel Martinez, proposed legislation that provides that a pre-dispute mandatory arbitration agreement between a long-term care facility and a resident shall not be enforceable or valid.  Such legislation is critical to protecting the legal rights of residents and their families.  This is perhaps one of the most important bills in …

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Medicare Stops paying for Medical Mistakes

Medicare has announced that it will stop paying for negligent medical mistakes that are “reasonably preventable”.  This will include injuries from falls, serious decubitus ulcers,  and other common signs of abuse and neglect that are seen in nursing homes.  The New Your Times covered this announcement, click HERE.

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