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The Myth of Frivolous Lawsuits

This is an excellent video about how corporations have perpetuated the myth of “frivolous” lawsuits.

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Will Congress Give Abusive Nursing Homes A ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ Card?

It’s a shocking statistic, especially for the increasing number of Americans charged with caring for elderly parents: At least one out of every three nursing home residents is harmed by the treatment they receive while in a home’s care, according to a government study. And most of this harm is preventable. [Read more…]

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In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag

Promises of “decadent” hot baths on demand, putting greens and gurgling waterfalls to calm the mind: These luxurious touches rarely conjure images of a stay in a nursing home.  [Read more…]

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Unmasked: How California’s largest nursing home chains perform

One nursing home chain operating in California racked up abuse complaints last year at a pace seven times the statewide rate. [Read more…]

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Life and Death in Assisted Living (A PBS Frontline report)

A ProPublica and “Frontline” examination of the multibillion-dollar assisted living industry reveals a mishmash of minimal state regulation and no involvement by federal officials. [Read more…]

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Sacramento judge upholds $23 million judgment against Emeritus care facility in woman’s death.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento judge has upheld a $23 million jury award in the death of an elderly woman suffering from bed sores at a Northern California assisted living facility and added $4 million in legal costs and fees to the judgment, a newspaper reported. [Read more…]

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Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

CARMICHAEL, Calif. — The lobby of Rosewood Post-Acute Rehab, a nursing home in this Sacramento suburb, bears all the touches of a luxury hotel, including high ceilings, leather club chairs and paintings of bucolic landscapes. [Read more…]