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North Carolina Adheres to a Harsh Rule Which Excludes Experts in Medical Negligence Cases

North Carolina adheres to a harsh rule which excludes experts in medical negligence cases from testifying to breaches of the standard of care unless they can show familiarity with the standard of care in the community where the alleged malpractice occurred or a similar community.  This rule of exclusion has resulted in numerous dismissals of …

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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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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.

Violations reported at 94% of Nursing Homes

A new government study finds violations at 94% of America’s nursing homes.   This  is a sad reflection on the current state of care provided in nursing homes .  Click HERE for the link to the government study.

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