Dangerous Caregivers: State Failed to Cross-Check BackgroundsOn March 18, 2010, the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes issued a report exposing that dangerous caregivers with histories of abuse and neglect are working in residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) because state agencies that are aware of the abuse have not been sharing information or screening the caregivers as required by California law.
The historic health care reform bill that President Obama signed into law this week includes the Elder Justice Act, the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act, the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act, the CLASS Act and provisions designed to improve the ability of people to get needed long-term care services at home.
A new report by Consumers Union states that the California Department of Public Health has been slow to implement many key provisions of several patient safety laws passed since 2006 that are aimed at shining the public spotlight on medical errors and hospital-acquired infections and holding hospitals accountable for improving patient safety.
On March 24, 2010, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing with the inflammatory title, “The War on Drugs Meets the War on Pain: Nursing Home Residents Caught in the Crossfire.” At issue is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s recent enforcement of long-standing rules under the Controlled Substances Act, which require that physicians initiate prescriptions of controlled substances for nursing home residents.
San Francisco – The California Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued citations to three Orange County nursing homes for neglect that caused the deaths of their residents.
Department of Health Care Services Releases Proposed Bill for Recovery on Special Needs TrustsSenate Budget Sub 3 has recommended that the Department’s Special Needs Trust/Recovery bill not be heard and (like last year) believes it should be a policy bill, so they will not be considering it.
Prescott Cole Named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Elder LawPrescott Cole, CANHR’s Senior Staff Attorney, was selected by California Lawyer Magazine as a 2010 Clay Award winner and Attorney of the Year.