As drug addiction in the United States continues to gain national attention, the drug addiction rehabilitation industry booms. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates the addiction rehabilitation market is about $35 billion each year. While most of the industry provides life saving services for individuals struggling with addiction, some run scams to profit off of addicts and their insurance policies.Read More ›
Chemical restraints are drugs that are given in nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities) for improper purposes – for example, to make a senior’s behavior more “manageable” and for staff convenience. Sadly, although against the law – chemical restraints are widely used. According to professionals who oversee the health and safety of nursing home residents, misuse of chemical restraints can permanently damage the cognition of seniors. A senior who lived independently and who is subject to chemical restraints at a nursing home may suffer permanent damage.Read More ›
Mylan NV's EpiPen has made headlines recently, and not in a positive way. Outrage grew in August at a jaw dropping 500% price hike for its EpiPen epinephrine auto injectors. The EpiPen is a lifesaving device used to treat severe allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis. The device is essentially a spring loaded syringe that injects a dose of epinephrine into the thigh, even through clothing.Read More ›
Fraud in nursing homes is rampant and takes every imaginable form – from the small scale (a staff member who take narcotics from elders to sell on the street) – to the massive (systematic defrauding of the government). With billions of government dollars flowing through our Nation’s nursing homes it is a hot bed for criminal activity. Fortunately, whistleblowers and government investigators are able to work together to return funds to the government when there has been fraud or false claims for reimbursement by nursing homes.Read More ›
Senior advocates, including elder abuse attorneys have long voiced opposition to the continued use of forced arbitration provisions in nursing home contracts. In a rule that becomes effective November 28, 2016, the U.S. Government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is prohibiting pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts. This move is a critical protection for our Nation’s approximately 1.3 million nursing home residents.
Although the rule will not help elders in assisted living or nursing home residents with contracts that pre-date the November 28, 2016 effective date of the rule, the importance of this move by CMC cannot be understated. The full text of the final rule, which is over 700 pages in length can be found here.
Our firm, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP represents elders in elder abuse and other types of litigation. We handle a wide range of cases under California’s elder abuse law, including cases involving serious injuries or death – as well as financial fraud.Read More ›
Drug compounding is the process by which a pharmacist combines or alters ingredients to make medications tailored to individual patient needs. Common examples include putting medication in liquid form for elderly patients or excluding an allergen. Many people benefit from these services.Read More ›
Bedsores – also known as pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers – are extremely painful. They can lead to death. A bedsore is an injury to the skin and tissue caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. To people without medical training the name may seem benign. They are not. A Stage 4 bedsore can be an open wound that extends to the bone.Read More ›
29 million dressers are being recalled by IKEA for a tipping hazard that has led to the death of at least 6 children. The recall covers dozens of models of dressers, although most news coverage has focused on the top selling Malm dressers – if you have bought any model dresser from IKEA you need to check the full list of recalled dressers. IKEA dressers are ubiquitous in homes around the world, including in the United States.Read More ›
As elder law attorneys we help seniors, dependent adults and their families when there has been serious injury or death or large losses of money. Over the years we have worked with hundreds of elders and family members. These are 10 take away points that we wished all families with loved ones in nursing homes (also referred to as Skilled Nursing Facilities (“SNFs”)) knew:Read More ›
The issue of what constitutes a medical provider’s “usual and customary” price has been at the center of a litany of false claims act litigation, at both the state and federal levels. When dealing with prescription drugs paid for by Medicare Part D, CMS states “where a pharmacy offers a lower price to customers throughout a benefit year” the lower price is considered the “usual and customary” price rather than “a one-time ‘lower cash’ price.”Read More ›