Medicare/Medicaid

Restrictions Shut Off Source of Information About Abuse and Neglect in Long- Term Care Facilities

The Bush administration shut off a source of information last fall about abuse and neglect in long- term care facilities that people suing nursing homes consider crucial to their cases. A new Rule designates state inspectors and Medicare and Medicaid contractors as federal employees, a group usually shielded from providing evidence for either side in …

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Facts You Should Know About Governance & Oversight of North Carolina Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes are facilities that provide nursing or convalescent care for three or more persons unrelated to the licensee. A nursing home provides long term care of chronic conditions or short term convalescent or rehabilitative care of remedial ailments, for which medical and nursing care are indicated. Most of the residents are older adults who …

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New Medicaid Rules Allow States to Set Premiums and Higher Co-Payments

A new federal rule gives states sweeping authority to charge premiums and higher co-payments for doctors’ services, hospital care and prescription drugs provided to low-income people under Medicaid. The rule is expected to save money for the federal government and the states. But public health experts and even some federal officials predicted that many low-income …

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Could (or Should) Filial Responsibility Laws Require Adult Children to Support Elderly Parents?

With the economic crisis growing in the federal government, there has been quite a buzz recently on the issue of whether adult children should be required by law to support elderly parents who require assistance to pay for necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical attention.  In fact, as a technical matter, 30 states in …

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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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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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