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  • Finding the Problem: Avoiding the Misguided Search

    One of the buzzwords in long-term care is looking for the ''root-cause'' for various problems that arise. Many of these ''root-cause'' searches are often based on resident care. Others are often facility-based, especially related to financial information, staffing, and general supplies and facility maintenance. However, many of ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on October 30, 2014
  • Study Finds Nursing Care Varies Tremendously by State

    It has been known for some time that nursing home care is not the same in every nursing care facility.  In a recent study published by a nonprofit advocacy group, Families for Better Care, the group's review looked at nursing homes and care found in these facilities found in each state.  The Families for Better Care state that it is the ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
  • The Protection of Others

    It is black letter law in most jurisdictions that a hospital or SNF has a duty to protect its vulnerable patients from the criminal acts of third persons to the extent that's possible. Facilities must take reasonable security measures to protect residents from intrusion, assault, battery and sexual misadventure.  Reasonable security ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on February 26, 2013
  • The Federal Budget and You

    If, like most of us, you watched the rather infantile game of ''chicken'' play out on the national media last week, you are relieved to know that the nation will not default on its debt, or if it does, it won't do so this week. While that is good in many respects, it is very bad in one other. Cuts in budgets at nursing homes are coming ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on August 17, 2011
  • The Saturday Night Massacre

    The term ''Saturday Night Massacre'' was used by political commentators during the Watergate era to refer to the dismissal, by President Nixon, of Archibal Cox and the resignations of Attorney General Elliott Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973.  When the president had failed to obey a subpoena, the ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on August 10, 2011
  • Building Trust

    Those of us who are old enough to remember Ronald Reagan, perhaps the greatest president of the 20th Century (and this comes from the mouth of a liberal Democrat, mind you) remember that when it came to dealing with the Russians, he wasn't taking anyone's assurances, but rather, insisted on verifying destruction of things like nuclear ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on August 4, 2011
  • The Ostrich Syndrome

    For many years before I was a lawyer, I was an ostrich. Okay, I know that sounds crazy, but let me explain.  I was married and wanted to make my wife and family happy, and so I often said yes when I should have said no.  And the credit cards came out, and purchases were made.  And in making those purchases, the monthly ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on July 14, 2011
  • Observations on the Casey Anthony Trial

    Most of my blog posts deal with health care issues. Not this one. This is for the readers who wonder what's gone wrong with our justice system. Every health care practitioner is repulsed a bit at the idea of child abuse. It's the same way with elder abuse or the abuse of any vulnerable member of our society. From day one in ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on July 7, 2011
  • Don't Laugh At Me

    Every health care worker tends to have a gallows sense of humor. It comes from the nearly constant exposure to pain, suffering, death and dying.  Without an ability to laugh at the bad things that happen every day, no health care worker could long remain sane. A good sense of humor is essential to anyone who works in health care.  ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on July 1, 2011
  • Hell Hath No Fury

    Recently I was asked to represent a young man who had a rather severe health problem. As part of a hospital admission, he gave his full and accurate medical history to the medical resident. In that process he disclosed to that medical resident that which he had never disclosed to his fiancée. He told the resident about a history of ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on June 23, 2011
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