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February 2009 Archives

Cases Against Nursing Homes Impeded by New Rule Enacted by Bush Administration

The new rule designates state inspectors and Medicare and Medicaid contractors as Federal employees. Federal employees are usually shielded from providing evidence for either side in private litigation. This new restriction will affect abou 16,000 nursing facilities and 3 million residents in the US.

Nursing Homes: Quality Care?

Sarah Wentworth, 89, was too frail to get out of bed or change her clothes without assistance, yet she died alone in the courtyard of her nursing homes' below freezing temperatures on Feb. 5th. She was found wearing only her hospital gown and her ankle bracelet that should have triggered an alarm when she went through an exit door. Wentworth was outside in the freezing temperatures for at least 90 minutes before being found, authorities say.

Nation's Worst Insurance Companies Ranked

The American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, has released a report ranking the nation's worst insurance companies. The association says that the rankings are based on distinct patterns of insurance company greed among the 10 worst-ranked companies that refuse to pay valid claims, use hardball tactics against their policyholders, provide extravagant rewards and salaries to executives, and raise premiums while raking in excessive profits.

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