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Sweeney Law Firm94% of Nursing Homes Cited for Federal Safety Violations in 2007September 29, 2008September 30, 2008   By ROBERT PEAR, The New York Times WASHINGTON ”” More than 90 percent of nursing homes were cited for violations of federal health and safety standards last year, and for-profit homes were more likely to have problems than other types of nursing homes, federal investigators say...Sweeney Law FirmColorado Family Prevails Against Nursing Home ChainSeptember 26, 2008BY NATE TAYLOR NateTaylor @coloradoan.com Judy Johnson describes her parents as having been ""madly in love"" for nearly 70 years before her mother died due to complications from surgery after breaking her ankle at Spring Creek Healthcare Center. While Johnson says her 87-year-old mother Doris Wolfe's November 2007 death...Sweeney Law FirmNursing Home Industry Using Deception to Stop Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration ActSeptember 12, 2008Sept. 11, 2008 - The Public Citizen Nursing Home Industry Launches Campaign of Deception to Derail Protections for Elderly Residents More Than 100 Public Interest Organizations Support the Legislation; Industry Coalition Opposes It Under Pretense of Consumer Protection WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the eve of a key U.S. Senate committee...Sweeney Law FirmExtendicare Hit with Class Action Lawsuit in the State of WashingtonAugust 26, 2008SEATTLE, Aug 22, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- 15 Washington Skilled Nursing Facilities Hit With Class Action Lawsuit A class action lawsuit (Case #08-2-28645-2KNT), was filed today in King County Superior Court against Milwaukee-based Extendicare Homes, Inc., Fir Lane Terrace Convalescent Center, Inc. and its 15 long-term skilled nursing facilities...Sweeney Law FirmNursing Home Residents Signing Away Right to SueJune 19, 2008Tuesday, June 17, 2008 By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer Patients hoping to get into nursing homes increasingly are signing away their rights to sue over poor care. That's a problem, a number of lawmakers say, and they're pushing legislation to make such agreements unenforceable. The nursing homes say the...Sweeney Law FirmMaryland Studying Legislation to Hold Nursing Homes AccountableJune 17, 2008By James Drew Baltimore Sun reporter June 16, 2008 Alarmed that the purchase of nursing homes by larger companies could cause a decline in care, Maryland is studying whether restrictions should be placed on ownership as regulators face criticism that private equity groups make it more difficult for the public...Sweeney Law FirmJury Awards $6M verdict to family of Arizona nursing home residentMay 20, 2008$6M Jury verdict in morphine overdose death of Arizona nursing home resident A.J. FLICK, Tuscon Citizen Published: 05.14.2008 A jury awarded a Tucson family $6 million in a lawsuit brought after an ailing 81-year-old relative died of a morphine overdose. Mary Culpepper and two other relatives last month were awarded...Sweeney Law FirmGAO Report Confirms that Nursing Home Problems Significantly UnderrepotedMay 15, 2008May 15, 2008 Serious Deficiencies in Nursing Homes Are Often Missed, Report Says By ROBERT PEAR, New York Times WASHINGTON ”” Nursing home inspectors routinely overlook or minimize problems that pose a serious, immediate threat to patients, Congressional investigators say in a new report. In the report, to be issued...Sweeney Law FirmOregon Family Receives 900K Verdict for Abuse of Alzheimer's ResidentMay 13, 2008Tuesday, May 13, 2008 KATHLEEN GLANVILLE The Oregonian A Multnomah County jury on Monday ruled that an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease suffered a loss of dignity when Lake Oswego police forced her to the floor of her nursing home and handcuffed her -- even though she couldn't remember it...Sweeney Law FirmMedicare Proposes Reimbursement Cuts to Nursing HomesMay 5, 2008By Kim Dixon WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) - The government's Medicare program on Thursday proposed payment cuts to reimburse nursing homes that treat more than 1 million of the nation's elderly. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed 0.3 percent cut to reimbursements, which if enacted...