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NURSING HOMES NO LONGER ALLOWED TO FORCE RESIDENTS INTO ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS

A shift in power and control has returned to those who most need it - nursing home residents and their families. In a recent ruling, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prohibited mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements between federally funded nursing homes and their residents. Prior to the new ruling, many nursing homes required residents to sign an arbitration agreement which forced residents to solve any dispute that may arise between them and the nursing home outside of court. These agreements heavily favored the nursing homes and took away a resident's power to use the court system for injuries caused by a nursing home's wrongful conduct.

Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect: What Can You Do?

Are you concerned that a family member is being abused or neglected at a nursing home? Mistreatment at the hands of a caregiver can happen in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. The mistreatment may take the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, or even financial exploitation. Signs of elder abuse differ but each type of abuse has distinct signs associated with it.

A Bill to Protect the Elderly From Abuse and Neglect: Cameras in Illinois Nursing Homes

Contusions, bedsores, broken hips---all signs of nursing home neglect or abuse that can be caught earlier or even prevented with protective-care cameras. Last week, the Illinois legislature sent Governor Rauner a bill aimed at getting cameras in the rooms of every nursing home resident who wants one. Illinois has more than 860 nursing homes with more than 76,000 residents.1 If the governor passes the bill (HB2462), each of those residents can be better protected.
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