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TROUBLING REPORT: Many Nursing Home Residents Undergo Unnecessary Transfers To ER

BY DANIEL GAITAN |  Nearly half of long-term nursing home residents will undergo at least one transfer to an emergency department this year, regardless of their cognitive status or need. Although a high percentage of long-term nursing home residents are sent to emergency departments, only about a third are admitted to the hospital, according […]

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Illinois Measure Would Allow Cameras To Be Installed In Nursing Home Rooms

Illinois could soon allow nursing home residents and their families to install video cameras and audio recorders in their rooms to help protect against abuse and neglect. Backed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the legislation would require resident and roommate consent and make nursing home residents or their families responsible for the purchase and maintenance of devices. A physician would need to determine whether a resident is capable […]

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Charlie Munger: Health Care System Prolongs Life Unnecessarily

Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger has waded into the end of life care debate. During a lengthy interview broadcast Monday from Omaha, Neb., where Berkshire Hathaway held its annual shareholders meeting, Munger, 91, said the American health care system prolongs life unnecessarily.  “I would come down hard, if I had any power in the system, against prolonging [life] so you […]

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