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The nursing homes, they know the system and they really game it to where they maximize their advantage,” said Tony Chicotel, a lawyer at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a nonprofit group. Federal regulators are seeking ways to step up enforcement on discharge laws.
States are supposed to keep track of cases involving the abuse, neglect, exploitation or unexplained death of Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living facilities. But a report from the Government Accountability Office said more than half of the states were unable to provide information on the number or nature of such cases.
Thirty-nine percent of California millennials are caregiving for a child, parent or, most likely, a grandparent.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness.
Surveys of DACA beneficiaries reveal that about one-fifth of them work in the health care and educational sector, suggesting a potential loss of tens of thousands of workers from in-demand job categories like home health aide and nursing assistant.
Police say they also found child pornography when they searched the office, home and a storage unit of Dr. Benjamin Shettell.
Husband-and-wife economists find links between the job market and the mortality-rate jump among middle-aged, less-educated white Americans from drugs, alcohol-related diseases and suicide.
Other local stories report on growing access to e-cigarettes, medical marijuana challenges doctors face and a UC San Diego professor who planned his own colon surgery through virtual reality.
Startup costs alone can be around $90,000.
Brain foods such as berries and fish can help people of any age ward off Alzheimer’s and dementia, UC Davis nutrition expert Liz Applegate says.