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We offer updates on national on regional issues such as malpractice defense, regulatory compliance, labor and employment issues and estate planning.

Long Term Care & Senior Living Blog
July 30, 2019

Increasing Difficulties Defending Long Term Care Cases: Dealing With The Rising Millennial Jury Pool

First they came for cable TV, then they came for the 9-to-5 workday. Now, promptly after a nutritious breakfast of avocado toast, millennials are lining up Monday mornings at Court houses to invade jury pools in increasing numbers. Though keeping younger jurors out of the final jury lineup was previously a simpler task due to the smaller number of eligible millennials, individuals born between 1981 and 1996 are now all adults and are regularly receiving jury duty notices. Millennials are now the largest living generation, recently surpassing the baby boomers. Defense attorneys must adapt and change their jury trial tactics in order to account for this change in the makeup of the jury pool, and to account for the changing strategies of opposing counsel. In order to do that, defense attorneys must understand these young jurors and how they operate.

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Long Term Care & Senior Living Blog
July 22, 2019

Centers for Medicare and Medication Services (CMS) Delays Implementation of Phase Three Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities

On Tuesday July 16, 2019 the Centers for Medicare and Medication Services (CMS)announced its proposal to delay implementation of certain portions of its third phase of requirements for long term care facilities. These regulations are part of a three phase initiative by the administration designed to place “Patients Over Paperwork.”  The first two phases went into effect in November 2016 and 2017. The third phase is set to be implemented on November 28, 2019.

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Long Term Care & Senior Living Blog
June 24, 2019

Recent Findings by Office of Inspector General Regarding Reporting of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released the findings of an audit performed to determine the prevalence of incidents of potential abuse or neglect of Medicare beneficiaries residing in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Specifically, OIG looked at beneficiaries who resided in a SNF during 2016 and who also had a hospital emergency room (ER) Medicare claim containing a high-risk diagnosis code. 

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Long Term Care & Senior Living Blog
June 18, 2019

Recent Amendments to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act was recently amended by the Illinois General Assembly (IGA) after the passage of what both nursing home and patient advocates consider a mutually agreeable bill. One area the law is designed to address is the conflict between appropriate levels of direct nursing care and the well-known shortages in this workforce. The law includes $70 million to aid facilities in meeting these staffing challenges.

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Long Term Care & Senior Living Blog
September 7, 2018

Big Changes to Illinois Involuntary Discharges

Changes are coming to Illinois Involuntary Transfer or Discharge procedures as a result of a recent Appellate Court ruling in Lakewood v. IDPH, et al. Lakewood raised three questions: 1) whether the law requires IDPH to hold the hearing within 10 days of a request, 2) whether the law requires IDPH to render a decision on the discharge within 14 days of the hearing request, and 3) whether IDPH can order the facility to allow a resident to stay longer than 10 days after the final order is received.

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