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Supreme Court Decision

Safety Decision The Supreme Court ruled CMS’s vaccine or testing requirement for healthcare workers was constitutional. The Court’s 5-4 decision lifted two injunctions blocking the safety requirement. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh joined the three liberal-leaning justices, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in issuing the majority opinion

Bed Rails Recalled

As a nursing home attorney for over 26 years, I have seen the dangers of bed rails. They give a false sense of security. They confuse and frustrate demented residents. Some vulnerable adults get stuck and asphyxiate while in bed. Finally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled one dangerous bed rail. The U.S. Consumer

Conservators

News Channel 9 reported on a new Tennessee law to protect elderly nursing home residents and other vulnerable populations. The law requires a search of the Department of Health’s abuse registry and sex offender registry for anyone seeking to become a conservator. A conservatorship is the legal process by which a court appoints someone to

Palmetto Patriots Home

WSPA reported that the Biden Administration opened a nursing home for veterans in Gaffney, South Carolina. Veterans in Cherokee County deserve the new nursing home facility. Fortunately, the Palmetto Patriots Home opened recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Greg McNeill is the administrator of Palmetto Patriots Home. He seems anxious to start. He said: “We are

Aduhelm (aducanumab)

Medicare officials are trying to determine whether to cover aducanumab or Aduhelm. Since last year, Medicare has been evaluating whether to pay for a new  expensive drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The F.D.A. approved the “miracle” drug. However, aout 40% of patients who have taken it have suffered swelling or bleeding in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is twice

Staffing Proposals

McKnight’s reported that consumer advocates and health experts want to pass two staffing proposals after a new study. The study by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care cites the 2001 federal recommendation of a daily minimum standard of 4.1 hours of total direct care per resident. For minimally safe care, every nursing home must

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