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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...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 FirmJury Awards 3.5 Million in Punitive Damages for USAA's Handling of Property ClaimApril 9, 2008By ALLISON HOFFMAN April 8, 2008 Marine captain who is on his third tour in Iraq was awarded $3.5 million in punitive damages Tuesday from a servicemembers' insurance company for water damage to his house. Capt. John Colombero already won $50,000 in damages for emotional distress last week after his...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 FirmMajor Health Carrier Announces it Won't be Paying for Botched SurgeriesApril 3, 2008April 2, 2008 WellPoint won't pay for botched surgeries By Tom Spalding, Indianapolis Star WellPoint has come up with a new way to protect patients from having a routine surgery go awry. It won't pay for them. The Indianapolis-based health insurer today said it has informed hospitals that service WellPoint's...