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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Ohio Sex Offender Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities

This law may be at odds w/HIPPA.

6-23-2014 Ohio:

Nursing homes, residential care facilities and county homes (“Homes”) in Ohio will soon have additional requirements related to the admission of a registered sex offender.

House Bill 483, the Mid-Biennium Budget Review bill was signed by Governor Kasich on June 16, 2014 with an effective date in September 15, 2014.

Rules are required to be written by the Ohio Department of Health (“ODH”) in the future for further guidance.

Requirements for the Homes include checking the Ohio sex offender registry before admission of a registered sex offender. Facilities can include questions about a registered sex offender status on their admission applications.
Sec. 3721.122. Before an individual is admitted as a resident to a home, the home's administrator shall search for the individual's name in the internet-based sex offender and child-victim offender database established under division (A)(11) of section 2950.13 of the Revised Code. If the search results identify the individual as a sex offender and the individual is admitted as a resident to the home, the administrator shall provide for the home to do all of the following:

(A) Develop a plan of care to protect the other residents' rights to a safe environment and to be free from abuse;

(B) Notify all of the home's other residents and their sponsors that a sex offender has been admitted as a resident to the home and include in the notice a description of the plan of care developed under division (A) of this section;

(C) Direct the individual in updating the individual's address under section 2950.05 of the Revised Code and, if the individual is unable to do so without assistance, provide the assistance the individual needs to update the individual's address under that section.
The Homes must check the potential resident’s name in the required database to determine if the potential resident is an Ohio registered sex offender.

If a registerd sex offender is admitted, a care plan must be devleoped to protect other residents and provide a safe environment free of abuse. Also, the Homes must notify residents and their sponsors of the sex offender’s admission and provide a description of the plan of care for safety. ..Source.. by Janet K. Feldkamp

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Laura Lundquist, 102, is charged with murder of 100-year-old roommate — but she may never stand trial

6-21-2014 Massachusetts:

BOSTON — A 102-year-old woman accused of killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home nearly five years ago is facing a second-degree murder charge.

Laura Lundquist – the oldest murder defendant in state history – was 98 when she was charged in 2009 on allegations that she strangled Elizabeth Barrow, who was found with a plastic bag tied around her head in her bed at the Brandon Woods nursing home in Dartmouth.

Lundquist had a longstanding diagnosis of dementia and was ruled incompetent to stand trial. Since her indictment, she has been held at a state psychiatric hospital.

Barrow’s son, Scott, said he realizes Lundquist will likely never stand trial in his mother’s death.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Program to provide smoke alarms for the deaf

6-5-2014 Ohio:

There isn't much left to a home on south Poplar street in Fostoria.

It's a tragic reminder of the lives lost.

Monday, fire investigators say Shey Weiker, intentionally set fire to the structure with a railroad flare.

Danny Marker Jr and Tara Vance were killed, and another woman was seriously injured.

The fire department says they had no warning.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Federal health board rules Medicare can pay for recipients' sex reassignment surgeries

5-30-2014 National:

Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for people who don't identify with their biological sex.

Ruling in favor of a 74-year-old transgender Army veteran whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago, the agency's Departmental Appeals Board said there was no justification for a three-decade-old HHS rule excluding such surgeries from procedures covered by the national health program for the elderly and disabled.

"Sometimes I am asked aren't I too old to have surgery. My answer is how old is too old?" the veteran, Denee Mallon, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, said in an email interview before the board issued its decision. "When people ask if I am too old, it feels like they are implying that it's a 'waste of money' to operate at my age. But I could have an active life ahead of me for another 20 years. And I want to spend those years in congruence and not distress."

Jennifer Levi, a lawyer who directs the Transgender Rights Project of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston, said the ruling does not mean Medicare recipients are necessarily entitled to have sex reassignment surgery paid for by the government.