In October 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a final rule "Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities" prohibiting nursing homes accepting Medicare funds from requiring binding arbitration agreements. After at least one Federal action, CMS has suspended enforcement of the rule. In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the future of the rule, the new administration, and how arbitration affects the rights of nursing home residents. Also discussed, a Kentucky case in the US Supreme Court regarding the power to bind residents to arbitration, and the outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in some California nursing homes.
Window blind cords and other window coverings can be danger to nursing home residents with dementia, Alzheimer's, or physical disabilities. In fact, the Alzheimer Association advises that the same safety measures for residences with small children be undertaken by facilities housing Alzheimer patients. In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the standard of care of nursing homes to keep residents safe from this hazard. Also discussed, how the alleged improper use of chemicals during a hair styling appointment lead to the death of a nursing home resident.
In this episode of the Nursing Home Abuse Podcast, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the types of documents needed to act on behalf of a loved one. Also discussed, a typical day in the life of a nursing home resident.