Monthly Archives: April 2011

St. Petersburg Times: Florida nursing home owners would get new lawsuit protections under a House measure that passed its next-to-last committee stop on April 25, 2011; Bill would cap non-economic damages at $300,000

Jodie Tillman of the St. Petersburg Times reported yesterday that nursing home owners would get new lawsuit protections under next-to-last committee stop and will now proceed to the full Florida House of Representatives for a vote.  The complete article is reprinted below:House measure aims to cut nursing home lawsuitsApril 25, 2011By Jodie TillmanSt. Petersburg Times/The Buzz Political BlogNursing home owners would get new lawsuit protections under a House measure that passed its next-to-last committee stop today.Those protections include making it harder to sue corporate directors and limiting the use of state and federal audits in nursing home litigation.Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, a co-sponsor, said the measure seeks to reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits that only increase costs, not care. […]

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SavvySenior.org Site Offers National Information Service; Bradenton Herald Column Today: Tips for finding adult day care for your loved ones

The “Savvy Senior” Web site offers valuable tips for seniors, courtesy of http://www.savvysenior.org/, a national information service devoted to older Americans and the families who support them. Through a variety of media, Savvy Senior provides information and resources through its nationally syndicated newspaper column, senior newswire service, resource books, weekly radio program and television features on NBC, CNBC, CNN and Retirement Living TV. (Click here for the SavvySenior.org (50-plus) newsmakers of the week.) Below is a reprint of the Bradenton Herald‘s April 26, 2011 “SavvySenior.org” column: Tips for finding adult day care for your loved ones What can you tell me about adult day care for seniors? My 82-year-old father, who lives with us, has dementia and needs attention during […]

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Florida Nursing Home Ombudsman Brian Lee Replaced by Jim Crochet in Clash With Governor Rick Scott; Federal Administration of Aging Investigating

After repeated clashes with the nursing home industry and Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida’s nursing home ombudsman, Brian Lee, was replaced by health and human services veteran Jim Crochet, the Miami Herald and Associated Press reported yesterday, April 25, 2011: Ousted Fla. nursing home ombudsman successor named The Associated PressApril 25, 2011TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A replacement has been named for the Florida nursing home ombudsman who was ousted in a clash with Gov. Rick Scott’s administration. Interim Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Charles T. Corley on Monday appointed Jim Crochet, who has 27 years of experience in health and human services as the state’s advocate for long-term care residents. Crochet, most recently served in the department’s legal office. He succeeds […]

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Brian Gauthier and A Family Member HomeCare Officially Launch "South Florida Home Health Care Agency: A Family Member HomeCare" Blog

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A Family Member HomeCare officially launched its blog today, April 25, 2011: Brian Gauthier and A Family Member HomeCare Launch South Florida Home Health Care Blog to Update on Home Health Care Community, Governmental and Regulatory Developments With the avalanche of changes in health law and regulation on both the state and federal levels, Brian Gauthier, CEO and Administrator of A Family Member HomeCare, a South Florida Home Health Care agency, has launched “South Florida Home Health Care Agency: A Family Member HomeCare,” a blog dedicated to health care and aging issues from a community, governmental and regulatory perspective. Above: Brian Gauthier Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach County, Florida (PRWEB) April 25, 2011 With the avalanche of changes in health law […]

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Miami Herald Reports Dartmouth Atlas data: Although more seniors are dying at home, Miami still leads the nation in seniors’ time spent in intensive care during the last six months of life

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The Miami Herald reported on April 20, 2011 that, according to a new Dartmouth Atlas Project report, that chronically ill Medicare patients spent fewer days in the hospital and received more hospice care in 2007 than they did in 2003, but there was an increase in the intensity of care for patients who were hospitalized.  This report updates previous findings regarding variations in end-of-life care and documents trends from 2003 to 2007 in the use of medical resources to treat Medicare patients at the end of life. To view the complete Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care report, click here. The complete Miami Herald article is reprinted below: Posted on Wed, Apr. 20, 2011 More senior citizens are dying at home […]

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