WOODSTOCK — If you’re facing serious criminal charges in court, you’re entitled to a kind of a pre-trial to determine if there’s enough evidence to commit you to face the real thing.
Give up that right, some observers say, and it can mean anything from you wanting to hustle the case along, to not wanting to quibble with the evidence, to a coming guilty plea.
It often comes down to tactics.
When a nursing home receives Medicare funds, it’s supposed to use that money for patient care, and it’s actually a felony offense under the Medicare and Medicaid Patient Protection Act to use that mone
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A central California retirement home is defending one of its nurses who refused pleas by a 911 operator to perform CPR on an elderly woman who later died, saying the nurse was following policy.
“Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die,” dispatcher Tracey Halvorson says on a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department aired by several media outlets on Sunday.
Associated Press/Brennan LinsleyA Senate health committee issued a disturbing report nearly three years ago: In sharp contravention to the Americans with Disabilities Act and a landmark 1999 Supreme Court ruling, many states were warehousing patients with serious but manageable illnesses such as diabetes, blindness and mental illness in nursing homes.
Nursing home workers across America are posting embarrassing and dehumanizing photos of elderly residents on social media networks such as Snapchat, violating their privacy, dignity and, sometimes, the law.
ProPublica has identified 35 instances since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers have surreptitiously shared photos or videos of residents, some of whom were partially or completely naked. At least 16 cases involved Snapchat, a social media service in which photos appear for a few seconds and then disappear with no lasting record.
A new lawsuit accuses the California Department of Health and Human Services of deliberately turning a blind eye to the illegal practice of taking nursing home residents who receive state aid and “dumping” them into the hospital system by refusing to let them return, even under binding orders
NEW YORK — Lillian Palermo tried to prepare for the worst possibilities of aging. An insurance executive with a Ph.D. in psychology and a love of ballroom dancing, she arranged for her power of attorney and health care proxy to go to her husband, Dino, eight years her junior, if she became incapacitated. And in her 80s, she did.