Dangerous Caregivers: State Failed to Cross-Check Backgrounds

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.

President Obama Signs Elder Justice Act and Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act Into 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.

Preventable Harm:California Fails to Follow Through With Patient Safety Laws

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.

CANHR urges U.S. Senate to Maintain Protections Against Controlled Substances in Nursing Homes

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.

Department of Health Care Services Releases Proposed Bill for Recovery on Special Needs Trusts

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.