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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...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...Sweeney Law FirmIndiana's Med-Mal Laws Unfairly Favor DoctorsMay 2, 2007On April 23, 2007, Mr. James Padilla, an attorney and a victim of medical negligence, wrote an excellent ""guest editorial"" on Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act. Mr. Padilla's guest editorial was published in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette at http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/editorial/17121686.htm...Sweeney Law FirmOversight of Nursing Homes is Criticized in GAO ReportApril 25, 2007Oversight of Nursing Homes Is Criticized April 22, 2007 By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON, April 21 ”” Federal health officials impose only minimal penalties on nursing homes repeatedly cited for mistreatment of patients, Congressional investigators say in a new report. As a result, they said, some nursing homes cycle in and...Sweeney Law FirmHealthgrades study finds that 250,000 Medicare deaths were preventableApril 6, 2007According to the Fourth Annual ""Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study"" released in April of 2007, approximately 250,000 Medicare patient deaths involving medical errors could have been prevented, the study found.    The study tracked 16 patient safety measures over the three-year period. The safety problems with the highest rate...Sweeney Law FirmCNN's 18 Month Investigation of the Claims Practices of Major Auto CarriersFebruary 12, 2007By Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston CNN ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- If you are injured in a minor car crash, chances are good that you will be in the fight of your life to get the insurance company to pay all the medical costs you incur -- even if the...Sweeney Law FirmAnderson Cooper of CNN investigating claims practices of State Farm & AllstateFebruary 9, 2007From Anderson Cooper's blog: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 Insurance companies fight paying billions in claims Put yourself in the driver's seat of this accident. You are heading down the street when a truck comes out of nowhere and slams into the right side of your car. The damage to the...