‘I’m Petitioning … for the Return of My Life’

Artice from New York Times December 9, 2018 regarding forced guardianships and the horrors it can create for clients.  Read more…

Orion is creating a resource for its members who suspect that they are dealing with potential elder abuse situations, to avoid unnecessary reporting to Adult Protective Services.  Such reports can create greater nightmares and horror situations.

 

Perry A. Shulman, CPA
Chair- Orion Elder Abuse Committee

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New data show hundreds of thousands of elder abuse cases even with huge reporting gaps

“Across the USA, solitude has become a deadly threat for hundreds of thousands of senior citizens living at home.” This article was in the November 28, 2018 edition of USA Today.  You may find it to be of interest.

Click here to be directed to article ———->   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/11/27/elderly-abuse-neglect-federal-government-statistics/2113361002/

 

Best Regards,

Perry A. Shulman, CPA
Chair – Orion Elder Abuse Committee

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Deadly Drugs Misused In U.S. Nursing Facilities

From AARP:

When the family of Bobby Glenn Tweed made the difficult decision to have him admitted to a nursing home in January 2013, little did they realize he would have just months left to live. While diagnosed with dementia, Tweed, 78, was still a vigorous man.

But without his family’s consent, Tweed was given psychotropic drugs that are known to be fatal among older patients with dementia. In 10 months, he was dead. Read more

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Pharmacy Electronic Medical Records (PEMR) — Revolutionizing the Medical Profession

emrThe current medical reimbursement landscape is changing and is being heavily
influenced by a patient-centric model. The key: keep individuals healthy while not
needing to readmit them into hospitals. It is now a well-documented reality in modern
civilization that medication prolongs, and in many cases, saves lives. However, the sad
truth today is that roughly half of the prescriptions written in the United States go unfilled
every year, which leads to the inference that this rate is much higher in the developing
world.
– Many patients are simply unaware that their medicine is due for a refill
– The pharmacy or physician never informs them
– Patient decides on an alternative medication therapy

As a result, all too many individuals go without potentially lifesaving medication on a
daily basis, and this is a tragedy of the system as it currently stands.
A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that “One in eight Medicare
patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being released after
surgery in 2010, while one in six patients returned to the hospital within a month of
leaving the hospital after receiving medical care. Patients were not significantly less
likely to be readmitted in 2010 than in 2008.” Furthermore, this report points out that
many readmissions can be avoided.

USNews and World Report stated in 2015 that “Half of U.S. Hospitals Face Medicare’s
Readmission Penalties” and that “Hospitals that readmit patients within a month of their
discharge face penalties under Medicare that cost them more than $400 million.”

This can all change with the rapid implementation of the pharmacy electronic medical records. Read more…

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