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July 9, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter / Meeting Info

Filed under: News — Martha Deaver @ 8:54 pm

It’s time once again for AANHR’s Monthly Meeting to be held on Monday, July 11th. Open forum starts at 10:00 and the Program Speaker will begin at 11:00.

This month, Stormy Smith, OLTC Program Manager, joins us to present an overview of the LTC facility maltreatment reporting tool. Stormy’s employment history and education provide him extensive insight into the Nursing Home Industry.

Attached, you will find the July Newsletter. In it, you will find helpful information such as:

  • Full information about our guest speaker, Stormy Smith
  • An article covering Martha Deaver’s honoring by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • A reprint of an Arkansas Times article by Benjamin Hardy, “Petition Framed as way to cap attorneys’ fees is bid by nursing homes to limit their liability”
  • Pictures and an Article about Highlands Family Council’s 28th Annual Spring Tea
  • A recap of Ryan O’Quinn’s speech about Estate Planning. Ryan was June’s guest speaker

You can also view a copy of this month’s newsletter by clicking here.

As a special reminder, don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s Annual Residents’ Rights Rally to be held Monday, October 10th at the State Capitol Rotunda.

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May 2, 2016

Additions and changes to the site

Filed under: News — Martha Deaver @ 11:14 pm
  • Act 499 – Arkansas Coroner Law added to the Legislative Info page
  • Several Newsletters updated
  • Current Events news feed receives a fresh new look
  • Arkansas Nursing Home Directory updated – Click Here
  • Durable Power of Attorney Template added – Click here
  • Heath Services Insights article regarding Minimum Staffing requirements. – Click Here

May 1, 2016

May 2016 Newsletter

Filed under: News — Martha Deaver @ 10:56 pm

Click here for the latest AANHR Newsletter. In which we discuss topics such as:

  • May meeting topic “Liability Insurance in Nursing Facilities” presented by Attorney Bob Edwards
  • President Martha Deaver discusses Nursing Home Liability reimbursement
  • A recap of our April discussion: Insights and communication clues when dealing with Alzheimer’s
  • Early detection of Alzheimer’s: A checklist of the 10 signs./li>

April 30, 2016

ASPEN: Scope/Severity Summary

Filed under: Scope & Severity — Martha Deaver @ 11:57 am

Here is a recent list of Arkansas Nursing Homes cited for G-L Deficiencies. These violations caused hard or the potential for death to the residents. Click Here to view it.

January 10, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter

Filed under: News — Martha Deaver @ 9:57 pm

Click here for the latest AANHR Newsletter. In which we discuss topics such as:

  • January meeting topic “Money Follows the Person” presented by Ramona Sangalli
  • President Martha Deaver discusses renewal of your AANHR membership
  • SMILES, by Gary Melton, a Certified Volunteer Ombudsman
  • What Will Be Your Legacy, a song by Wayburn Dean
  • A Brief History of AANHR

November 3, 2015

November Newsletter

Filed under: News — Martha Deaver @ 11:02 pm

The November Newsletter has been posted and is available here:  Click Here

October 4, 2015

AANHR submits their comments on CMS Regulations in Nursing Homes

Filed under: News — Martha Deaver @ 7:52 pm

Click on the link below to see the letter / comments sent to CMS regarding Improving Regulations in Nursing Homes:

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September 13, 2015

Doc Washburn interviews Martha Deaver

Filed under: News — Martha Deaver @ 7:25 pm

Rest in peace D’Angelo. I had been contacted about this case. Please listen to my interview with “KARN Talk Radio.” Sadly, it’s about the bedsore death of an 18 year old (child) North Little Rock student.
D’Angelo had only been living at Brookside Nursing Home for less than two months. He developed a stage four bedsore that killed him. Brookside has been cited over and over from 2012 to 2015 for failure to prevent and treat bedsores.

August 30, 2015

News Reports Have Raised Concerns About Integrity, Transparency of Five-Star Quality Rating System

Filed under: News — Martha Deaver @ 11:08 pm

Washington DC— Following a push by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to conduct a review of the federal government’s nursing home rating system.

This month, Casey and Wyden wrote to GAO calling for a review of the rating system, and Cummings also joined the request.  On August 26, 2014, Cummings sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a briefing to address concerns about the Five-Star rating system after a New York Times article revealed deficiencies in the rating system, and in February CMS announced revisions to the scoring methodology for its rating system.

“The GAO’s decision to conduct a review is a first step towards ensuring the accuracy of this system that millions of families rely on,” Casey and Wyden said.  “The Five-Star rating system has the potential to make a substantial difference in the lives of vulnerable seniors but the Administration has to make sure the rating system is working.  We have to get this right.” (more…)

Sign the petition to ban the use of arbitration agreements in nursing homes!

Filed under: Petition — Martha Deaver @ 1:40 am

We need your help! Public Citizen – a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization – has drafted a petition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), asking for the agency to ban the use of pre-dispute, forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts. The petition is gaining support swiftly. Please add your voice to the thousands of others who have already spoken out on this critical issue!

As you may be aware, CMS recently released its proposed revisions to the federal nursing home regulations. As part of its proposed rule, CMS asked for comments on the issue of pre-dispute, forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts.

Arbitration is a process in which a dispute – such as a dispute regarding poor care, abuse or neglect – is settled by one or more arbitrators who decide the outcome instead of a jury made up of members of the community. “Pre-dispute” arbitration means that the consumer must agree to arbitration before any dispute arises.

Pre-dispute arbitration agreements force individuals to make a decision without any information at all about the dispute, even in cases of alleged severe neglect, serious injuries or death. This decision must be made at the time of admission, a very stressful time for consumers and their families, when it is difficult to anticipate or even imagine the occurrence of serious harm or poor care. Once signed, pre-dispute, forced arbitration agreements strip individuals of their constitutional right to a trial by jury.

Please go to the website listed below to sign Public Citizen’s petition calling on CMS to ban the use of pre-dispute, forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts as part of its revisions to the federal nursing home regulations.

Thank you for your advocacy!

Click here to sign the petition.