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Comparison Shopping
May 26, 2011 10:04 AM by Tony DeWitt
Medicare and CMS sponsor the Nursing Home Compare website where consumers can theoretically find statistical information about how well a nursing home meets quality measures. Facilities can be located by name or by zip code, and then compared on a series Read More...
Taking Care of the Young
January 21, 2011 9:37 AM by Tony DeWitt
About one out of every seven people in nursing homes in the United States are less than 65 years old . That number has risen 22 percent in the last few years and accounts for about 15% of all nursing home residents. The reasons for this vary, from poor Read More...
Right Thought, Wrong Action
December 16, 2010 9:58 AM by Tony DeWitt
Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin wants the rules changed for nursing homes so that nurses can more easily dispense pain killers without prescriptions. His view , as expressed in the media, is that every day nursing home residents continue to suffer from Read More...
Protecting Residents From Each Other
December 9, 2010 11:42 AM by Tony DeWitt
I know that sometimes I must sound like a broken record, but an incident in a Vermont nursing facility underscores why it is so important for nursing personnel to actively manage patient interactions. In Bennington, Vermont an 84-year-old woman suffering Read More...
The Best Hospital in America
April 3, 2008 11:26 AM by Tony DeWitt
In a few weeks Advance for Respiratory Care Practitioners, the magazine that I started off with in 1988, will be celebrating its 20 th year. This made me think back to the times in my life when I was a caregiver and the many different places I worked, Read More...
January 24, 2008 10:25 AM by Tony DeWitt
Many years ago, when I was starting out as a respiratory therapist, I was working a 3-11 shift in the ICU. One of my favorite surgeons, Dr. Jomain, who never minced words with staff, came to the bedside of my patient and began taking the pulse of the Read More...


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