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Dec 22, 2011 In Treating Disabled, Potent Drugs and Few Rules

QUOTE: psychotropic medications, which alter the brain’s chemistry, are often dispensed sloppily, without rigorous or regular review, by general practitioners with little expertise in the area. And low-level workers at state group homes are frequently given discretion to increase the medication “as needed,” despite their lack of significant training.

New York Times
Mar 12, 2011 At State-Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity

QUOTE: In hundreds of cases reviewed by The Times, employees who sexually abused, beat or taunted residents were rarely fired, even after repeated offenses, and in many cases, were simply transferred to other group homes run by the state... Only a quarter of sexual abuse cases were reported... Former regulators, employees within the system and advocates have grown increasingly dismayed at what they say is the state’s tolerance of abuse of the residents, whom the state refers to as “consumers” in its records.

New York Times
Nov 19, 2010 Planning for Temporary Home Care After the Hospital Stay

QUOTE: most insurers pay for home health care by skilled professionals only during the first, acute part of your recovery. Insurers do not pay for care provided by home care aides, often needed for both short and long recuperations.

New York Times
Mar 18, 2010 Stressful but Vital: Picking a Nursing Home (Patient Money)

QUOTE: Finding a good nursing home takes research and perseverance...Unfortunately, the typical search for a nursing home is made under duress.

New York Times
Mar 12, 2010 Deciding on Care for Elderly Parents in Declining Health

QUOTE: ...I offer guidelines and considerations that can help you make an informed — if not always easy — decision about what type of housing will support your parent’s needs, without bankrupting the family in the process.

New York Times
Sep 26, 2009 Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance: Many Health-Care Workers Required to Get Vaccines

QUOTE: With the H1N1 pandemic spreading rapidly, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, orderlies and other U.S. health-care workers for the first time are being required to get flu shots, drawing praise from many public-health authorities but condemnation from some employees, unions and other critics who object to mandatory vaccination.

Washington Post
Aug 04, 2009 More than half of ER nurses have been assaulted on job

QUOTE: More than half of nurses who work in emergency departments report they've been physically assaulted on the job...

Sep 16, 2008 Code Aims to Aid Nurses: Group Says Foreign Hires Need Protection

QUOTE: A coalition of health-care groups this month unveiled a code of ethics it hopes will protect nurses from other countries from abusive employment practices when they take jobs in the United States.

Washington Post
Sep 09, 2008 Midwife Delivery Can Lead to Passport Denial

QUOTE: "In a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union alleges that the government is systematically discriminating against U.S.-born citizens on the basis of ethnicity and national origin. Attorneys for the plaintiff assert that such arbitrary bans disproportionately affect rural and poor people who have less access to doctors."

Washington Post
Jul 31, 2008 Workers' Religious Freedom vs. Patients' Rights: Proposal Would Deny Federal Money if Employees Must Provide Care to Which They Object

QUOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing a draft regulation that would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who want to opt out of participating in care that runs counter to their personal convictions...

Washington Post
Apr 22, 2008 Brushed Off No Longer: Citing Gaps in Care, Hygienists Are Beginning to Treat Patients Without Direct Supervision by Dentists

QUOTE: Dentists have long served as the gatekeepers of dental care. But if they eased up on their control, Polydoroff and others say, hygienists' skills could help alleviate the acute shortage of oral health services in poor urban neighborhoods, isolated rural communities, nursing homes and schools.

Washington Post
Sep 02, 2007 As Home Care Booms, Little Oversight to Counter Fraud

QUOTE: Many in and outside the industry say the incidence of fraud in the home health care system is no greater than that of the medical system at large, and that the complaints are limited to a small portion of agencies and caregivers.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2007 Gaddafi's Son: Bulgarians Were Tortured: Statement Confirms in Part Allegations Made by Six Released Medical Workers

QUOTE: Six Bulgarian medical workers imprisoned on charges of infecting children with the HIV virus were tortured by electric shock during their captivity, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi told al-Jazeera television.

Washington Post
Jul 25, 2007 No Indictment in Katrina Deaths

QUOTE: A grand jury Tuesday refused to indict a doctor accused of killing four elderly patients in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina...[but] Attorney General Charles Foti of Louisiana...defended the case Tuesday, saying independent expert pathologists had reviewed it favorably before it was brought.

New York Times
Jun 01, 2007 Hospitals Nationwide Combat Employee Camera-Phone Abuse

QUOTE: A rash of incidents in hospitals across the country involving camera phones has led to firings -- and the realization that monitoring the devices in clinical facilities is no easy task.

Mar 25, 2007 Justices to Hear Case on Wages of Home Aides

QUOTE: [The case challenges] Labor Department regulations that say home care attendants, who number 1.4 million, are not covered by federal minimum-wage and overtime laws...home care attendant is one of the nation’s fastest growing occupations.

New York Times
Jan 01, 2007 Choosing a Nursing Home: A former industry insider offers 10 essential tips for selecting a home for a loved one

QUOTE: As a volunteer long-term care ombudsman for three years—assisting consumers with questions and concerns about California long-term care facilities—I saw every kind of nursing home: good ones, bad ones, and in-between ones. I learned the most during my actual on-site experiences. Here's what you need to know to pick the best facility—and ensure the best care—for your loved one:

AARP Bulletin
Aug 29, 2006 Operating Room: No Place for a Tantrum

QUOTE: doctors yelling at nurses or berating residents, and nurses sniping at their colleagues...such tantrums and insults negatively affect patients by impairing communication and teamwork and creating distractions that can lead to errors.

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2006 A Medical Crisis of Conscience: Faith Drives Some To Refuse Patients Medication or Care

QUOTE: Around the United States, health workers and patients are...sparking...bitter debate over religious freedom vs. patients' rights..."What constitutes an ethical right of conscience in medicine, and what are the limits?"

Washington Post
Jun 21, 2006 Suit Claims Hospitals Fixed Nurses' Pay

QUOTE: hospitals had violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to hold down nurses' wages. The lawsuits maintain that hospitals in each city agreed not to pay their registered nurses above a certain amount...

New York Times
Dec 07, 2004 Property Wrongs: When Hiring a Caregiver, Guard Against Unexpected Acts of 'Generosity'

QUOTE: The [hired health care--Ed.] relationship may be an entirely wholesome one. But it also can take a wrong turn, with the elder bestowing substantial money or property or making other decisions that extend well beyond the bounds of a professional relationship.

Washington Post
Oct 25, 2003 Guardian system overrun by abuse: People lose their rights quickly and without necessity, report says

QUOTE: ...a state audit of five probate courts, released Friday, found widespread abuses by court-appointed conservators entrusted with the finances of young, elderly and disabled people.

Detroit Free Press
Jul 07, 2002 Bringing Discipline (and Scorecards) to Nursing Homes

QUOTE: ...headquarters here of Beverly Enterprises, the nation's largest nursing home chain, William R. Floyd, its chairman and chief executive, is arguing that providing nursing care to the elderly is not all that different from selling tacos at a fast-food chain.

New York Times
Jun 19, 2000 In the shadow of a glass mountain: One nurse observes how the fear of lawsuits causes healthcare professionals to neglect patients.

QUOTE: What I remember, above all, is the anger of the other nurses on the floor at the family's decision to sue, which manifested itself in avoidance of and neglect of the patient. If I was not around, for example, no one answered her call light.