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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...Sweeney Law FirmOffice-based plastic surgery is risky businessMarch 27, 2008Office surgery incidents: what seven years of Florida data show us.     Coldiron BM, Healy C, Bene NI.Dermatol Surg. 2008 Mar;34(3):285-91; discussion 291-2. Epub 2007 Dec 20. Patient safety in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) has received increasing attention, and the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals now include specific requirements...Sweeney Law FirmDefense Myth that Car Crash Victims Recover in 6-8 Weeks is ExposedMarch 19, 2008By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A surprising number of people -- more than 60 percent -- still suffer significant pain a year after a traumatic injury in a car crash or other cause, showing the need for better pain treatment, researchers said. In a study published on Monday in...Sweeney Law FirmFighting Pressure Ulcers Requires a Team EffortFebruary 20, 2008By AMANDA SCHAFFER Published in the New York Times on February 19, 2008 To understand why some doctors and nurses take bedsores so seriously, it helps to call them by their clinical name: pressure ulcers. An area of skin breakdown that occurs when sustained pressure cuts off blood circulation ””...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 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...