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Long-term care is more heavily regulated by state and federal governments than the nuclear power industry. In spite of the regulation, lawsuits against providers and long-term care personnel continue at an alarming rate. This blog is about being proactive and taking the steps necessary to protect providers from lawsuits.

About Tony DeWitt

A. L. “Tony” DeWitt, RRT, CRT, JD, FAARC, is a former respiratory therapist and attorney. Tony was a combat medic in the US Army and Army Reserve and began his medical career as an EMT. In 1980 he sat for the National Board for Respiratory Care Registry Exam, and became a registered therapist in 1981 following his clinical simulation exam.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and, as a “military brat,” he moved roughly eleven times as a child. He graduated from high school at Clark Air Base, in the Philippines, and immediately enlisted in the military. His six-year military career was short, working first as an intelligence analyst and later as a combat medical technician. Tony received his education under the GI Bill from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas, and pursued a law degree at St. Louis University School of Law where he graduated cum laude, in the top three percent of his class. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society.

In 2002, he was recognized by the American Association for Respiratory Care with a Fellowship in the AARC for his “significant contributions” to the field of Respiratory Care. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating an attorney may attain through the peer-review ranking service), is a member of the Missouri Bar, and is admitted before numerous federal and state courts in the United States.

“Voltaire said that no problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking,” Tony said. That philosophy has been a driving force behind every case he’s handled, whether it was getting justice for the taxpayers from the management of Vencor when they engaged in false billing, or whether it was representing a 70-year-old man beaten to death by a nursing home worker in St. Charles, Missouri. Tony’s practice currently focuses on False Claims Act and nursing home litigation.

Tony has written extensively for ADVANCE for Respiratory Care Practitioners, ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management and other publications as a medical and legal scholar.

In 2006, Tony’s book “The Respiratory Therapists Legal Answer Book,” received a five star rating from Doody’s, and has enjoyed significant commercial success. He is currently working on a pocket guide for health care practitioners called Legal First Aid. He currently resides in Jefferson City, Mo., with his wife Ginger and their American Eskimo “Pearl.”

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    A.L. "Tony" DeWitt, RRT, CRT, JD, FAARC
    Occupation: Attorney
    Setting: Jefferson City, Mo.
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