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Sweeney Law FirmMedical Providers Using Arbitration Agreements to Deny Justice to Injured PatientsFebruary 12, 2008Arbitration a growing trend in health care By Stacey Burling, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer Within the space of two weeks late last year, Michael and Hedy Cohen, who happen to be experts on medical errors, each encountered what they saw as a disturbing development in the modern doctor-patient relationship. They...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 FirmMedicaid and Medicare Fraud - Out of ControlJanuary 16, 2008Corporate Whistleblower Center Says Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Out Of Control Americas Watchdog's Corporate Whistleblower Center is releasing its annual report on Medicare & Medicaid fraud, and according to the group things have never been worse. The report focuses on nursing homes, drug/medical device companies, not for profit, and boutique hospitals. The...Sweeney Law FirmIndiana's Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates Heading LowerDecember 14, 2007Doctors, hospitals will see amounts paid to compensation fund ease in 2008 By Daniel Lee, Indianapolis Star December 14, 2007   Indiana physicians and hospitals are going to get a break next year on how much they pay into the state-run fund that makes payments to victims of medical malpractice...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 FirmMedicare Will No Longer Pay for Hospital ErrorsSeptember 4, 2007Medicare Says It Won’t Cover Hospital Errors By ROBERT PEAR Published: August 19, 2007 WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 ”” In a significant policy change, Bush administration officials say that Medicare will no longer pay the extra costs of treating preventable errors, injuries and infections that occur in hospitals, a move they...