Month: December 2008

Continuing Crisis in Geriatric Care For America's Aging Population

“Doctors see a pressing need for new approaches to keep aging patients as healthy as possible and living independently as long as possible. This new approach comes at a time of unprecedented decline in the number of geriatricians practicing in the USA.” Click HERE to read the entire New York Times article.

HensonFuerst Nursing Home Client’s Plight Profiled by News Media

“In a front page story on Christmas Eve in the Raleigh News & Observer titled: Nursing-Home Records Closed Off; Bush Administration Changes are Sharply Criticized by Patient Advocates” attention was brought to recent changes in federal rules that prevent or severely hinder access to patient information.”  Click HERE to read the entire News & Observer …

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North Carolina Nursing Homes Rated Low

More than one in four North Carolina nursing homes will be judged “much below average” under a federal consumer system. Please watch our blog for updates on this developing story. Click HERE to read the complete Raleigh News & Observer front page news story, as well as the Federal Nursing Home Ratings Guide. 

Napping During Hospital Shifts; A New York Times Editorial

“No patient wants to be cared for by a sleep-deprived resident who has put in a brutal 30-hour shift within an 80-hour workweek. There is just too much chance that that the sleep-deprived doctor’s foggy mind or clumsy coordination would cause dangerous medical errors.” Click HERE to read the full New York Times editorial

New Rule Adversely Impacts Nursing Home Residents and Those That Advocate on Their Behalf

  From Anne Duvoisin, Attorney/Partner, HensonFuerst Nursing Home Practice: “45 CFR Part 2, “Testimony by Employees and the Production of Documents in Proceedings Where the United States Is Not a Party,” passed without comment by the Bush administration in its waning hours, will substantially and adversely impact nursing home residents and those that advocate on …

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Hospitalizations Related to Pressure Ulcers

“Pressure ulcers are increasingly common in U.S. hospitalizations. In 2006, there were 503,300 hospital stays during which pressure ulcers were noted—a 78.9 percent increase from 1993 when there were about 281,300 hospital stays related to pressure ulcers. During this same time period, the total number of hospitalizations increased by only 15 percent. Stays with a …

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