Month: December 2017

Inadequate Abuse Protections for Nursing Home Residents

Published on December 29, 2017, by Matthew Sharp

Nursing Home Abuse

Reports show that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not have adequate protections procedures in place to prevent incidents of abuse and neglect in federally-funded skilled nursing facilities. A preliminary report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows numerous problems with the quality of health care, as well as investigations and reporting procedures on abuse and neglect in federally-funded nursing home facilities across the country. Federally-Funded Nursing Homes In an effort to prevent elder abuse, the Department of Health and Human Services is conducting [...]
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Medicare Changes Could Spark Acts of Bad Faith

Published on December 19, 2017, by Matthew Sharp

Insurance Bad Faith

Upcoming changes to Medicare will require the use of evidence-based guidelines that are designed to ensure that patients receive appropriate tests and treatments for their conditions and avoid unnecessary care, but the changes could lead to a higher number of denied claims by insurance companies and might spark acts of bad faith. Medicare Changes and Benefits Beginning July 1, 2018, physicians will be asked to voluntarily use clinically supported software to document certain criteria for outpatient medical imaging orders. The period from 2018 to 2020 is intended to [...]
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When Christmas Spirit Hurts [infographic]

Published on December 12, 2017, by Matthew Sharp

Infographic, Personal Injury

Installing roof decorations, stringing up Christmas lights, dragging and lifting Christmas trees, and hanging tree ornaments commonly result in falls off ladders, fractures and broken bones, sprains and lacerations, eye injuries, and head trauma. Between 2011 and 2015, there were more than 13,000 Christmas-related injuries that resulted in visits to hospital emergency rooms across the country. (Article continues below infographic) Christmas-Related Injuries The Christmas season is a joyful time of year that brings cheer and good tidings to millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, it also puts [...]
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Auto Safety Issues Often Overlooked

Published on December 4, 2017, by Matthew Sharp

Car Accident

Drivers often overlook important safety issues such as vehicle defects, recalls, and proper maintenance that contribute to dangerous auto accidents. A vehicle’s age and style, and the type and scope of a safety-related recall have a significant impact on whether or not a recall is addressed or repairs are ever completed. When motor vehicle owners fail to make repairs, perform maintenance or address safety-related recalls, they place themselves, their families and other motorists at risk for serious injury and death. Overlooked Safety Issues Ignoring important safety issues and [...]
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