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Sweeney Law FirmColorado Lawmaker Proposes Ban on ""Binding"" Nursing Home Arbitration ClausesApril 11, 2008April 10, 2008 DENVER -- One state lawmaker believes more and more nursing homes are taking advantage of elderly patients and their families by including binding arbitration clauses in their contracts, and she is sponsoring legislation to prohibit the clauses. ""Binding arbitration means you don't get your day in court,""...Sweeney Law FirmThe Quality of Nursing Home Care Down Despite Increased Govt. ReimbursementApril 9, 2008Vittorio Hernandez - AHN News Writer Sacramento, CA (AHN) - A study released Tuesday reported growing profitability of the nursing home industry, but declining health care quality. Researchers from the University of California San Francisco found out that two years after the state passed legislation increasing reimbursements from Medi-Cal, average...Sweeney Law FirmMedicare Identifies the Worst Nursing Homes in the CountryFebruary 13, 2008WASHINGTON (AP) ”” After initially resisting their disclosure, the Bush administration on Tuesday published the names of 131 nursing homes with poor inspection records and said some were already showing signs of improvement. The list released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services represents troubled facilities cited as a...Sweeney Law FirmSenator Grassley Calls for Investigation of Nursing Home ComplaintsFebruary 12, 2008January 27, 2008  By CLARK KAUFFMAN DES MOINES REGISTER STAFF WRITER U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley is calling for a federal investigation into the way Iowa and other states respond to complaints of poor nursing home care. ""I have an obligation to protect Iowans, and all Americans, from substandard nursing care,""...Sweeney Law FirmNursing home agreements - Are you signing away your rights as a consumer?February 4, 2008Clauses in nursing home agreements may violate the law By PAUL WENSKE The Kansas City Star Elderly consumers and their families in Missouri should be wary when signing long and often complex nursing home agreements, according to a new study. Although most presented few problems, some admission agreements skirt state...Sweeney Law FirmGovernment Finally ""Outs"" Some Nursing HomesNovember 29, 2007By: Kevin Freking WASHINGTON(AP) Fifty-six nursing homes are being told by the government that they're among the worst in their states in an effort to goad them into improving patient care. Lawmakers and advocacy groups have been pushing the Bush administration to make it easier for consumers to identify poorly...News from The National Citizens' Coalition for...News from The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)November 9, 2007November 9, 2007 Washington Shifts Into High Gear; Congressional Hearings Next Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007 The nursing home reform doldrums are over!A year that started off commemorating of the 20th anniversary of the last major nursing home legislation, OBRA '87, shifted into high gear after the Sept. 23 New York...Sweeney Law FirmCongress Finally Investigates Business Practices of Nursing HomesOctober 25, 2007Inquiries at Investor-Owned Nursing Homes By CHARLES DUHIGG, New York Times October 24, 2007 Two Congressional committees announced yesterday that they would investigate business practices at nursing homes owned by private investment groups. The scope of the inquiries by Representatives John D. Dingell of Michigan, chairman of the Energy and...Sweeney Law FirmMore Profit and Less Nursing at Many Nursing HomesSeptember 24, 2007More Profit and Less Nursing at Many Homes By CHARLES DUHIGG September 23, 2007 For this article, The New York Times analyzed trends at nursing homes purchased by private investment groups by examining data available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health...Sweeney Law FirmNursing Home is charged with manslaughter for death of elderly residentJune 18, 2007In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind case in Massachusetts, a nursing-home corporation has been slapped with manslaughter charges for the 2004 death of an elderly Acton patient who wheeled herself into a stairwell and plunged to her death. Tennessee-based Life Care Centers of America faces up to $16,000...