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2023-02-06: Spotlight on the Ensign Group

Tallgrass Economics Finance & Politics February 4, 2023THE ENSIGN GROUP 4TH QUARTER REPORT:  MARVELOUS IF YOU ARE AN INVESTOR (BUT NOT IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYEE AND/OR A TAXPAYER).[This the most recent blog posted by Dave Kingsley, a principal with Tallgrass Economics Finance & Politics.]As I noted a couple of days ago, The Ensign Group […]

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Recruitment – MassHealth members who have been stuck in nursing facility for 60 days or more

Simmons v. Healey: An ADA Class Action Seeking to Compel Massachusetts to Stop the Unnecessary Institutionalization of People with Disabilities On October 11, 2022, the Center for Public Representation (CPR), a national disability rights law firm in Easthampton, Massachusetts; Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), a local legal services program; Justice in Aging, a national advocacy […]

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Recruitment – Nursing Home residents who lived with more than 2 people in a room

Seeking Current or Former Nursing Homes Residents who lived in room with more than two residents could help this care. River Terrace Operator LLC, et al. v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al. Civil Action 2284CV01024 Dignity Alliance is assisting the Attorney General opposing about 30 nursing homes that don’t want to limit their facilities to […]

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Healey should settle, not litigate, disability lawsuit

Avoid unnecessary institutionalization in nursing homes. January 27, 2023 by Alex Green and Bill Henning EVERY DAY, thousands of Massachusetts residents with disabilities are admitted to segregated nursing facilities, be it to recover from medical procedures, to receive respite and care because they’re homeless, or because of a lack supportive services that are needed to […]

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Dignity Endorsed Legislation for 2023-2024

The Dignity Dozen The Legislative Work Group has released their initial list of 13 bills supported by Dignity Alliance Massachusetts. These bills will improve the lives of older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. DignityMA has also endorsed a number of legislative proposals sponsored by other organizations. Read this initial document (pdf) to learn […]

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BU Alum Calls for a COVID Day of Remembrance in Massachusetts

Bostonia, October 31, 2022 Paul Lanzikos (Questrom’80), cofounder of Dignity Alliance Massachusetts, says the occasion could have public health benefits.It’s estimated that more than one million Americans have died of COVID since 2020, according to Our World in Data, and across the nation, grieving families of COVID-19 victims are demanding the designation of an annual […]

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Short of guardians, advocates could help patients navigate system

*Boston Globe, January 4, 2023Letter to the Editor by James Lomastro Editor’s note: James Lomastro is Chair of Dignity Alliance’s Veteran Services Workgroup. Kay Lazar’s article “Stranded in a hospital bed, with no guardian and little recourse” (Page A1, Dec. 27) brought a focus to an issue that does not receive much attention: the plight […]

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Require Full Disclosure and Accountability for Nursing Home Reimbursement

Center for Medicare Advocacy, January 5, 2023, by T. Edelman Editor’s note: Richard Moore is the Chair of Dignity Alliance’s Legislative Workgroup. Owners and operators of nursing homes and their trade associations argue that they will need more money when mandatory staffing ratios promised by the Biden Administration are implemented. Don’t believe them. In “Are […]

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Oxford nursing home sued for neglect of a patient 

Sunday Eagle-Tribune, January 8, 2023, by Mike LaBella Editor’s note: Arlene Germain is Chair of Dignity Alliance’s Facilities Workgroup. A lawsuit filed on behalf of a man murdered at a Haverhill nursing home in 2019 claims that staff failed to provide protection from his roommate, even after the 76-year-old pleaded for a new rooming assignment. The […]

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DignityMA Seeks Expertise re: resident room limits

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is seeking expertise regarding: RIVER TERRACE OPERATOR, LLC, et al. vs. COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, et al. Superior Court, Suffolk County, Civil Action No. 228CV1024 Dignity Alliance is seeking expert witnesses who can testify for the merits of limiting the number of residents per room and is also seeking any research that may […]