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Concussion Litigation Increases Protection of Student Athletes

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has released a report titled Concussions and the Courthouse that describes the dramatic and powerful effect the law has had on how coaches and administrators handle athletes with concussion injuries.  To accompany the report, AAJ is also launching the new interactive website http://concussion.justice.org/.  It has long been known through medical research that football players are at a very high risk of receiving a dangerous concussion injury, but this knowledge alone fueled little change in what was being done to protect athletes.  Recent lawsuits, though small in settlement, have had a massive impact on player safety and have greatly increased awareness of the athletes’ risk for concussion among parents, coaches, and school administrators.

Kindred Healthcare Pays Federal Government $125 Million

In an agreement finalized on Tuesday, Kindred Healthcare Inc., a nursing home company located in Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $125 million to settle federal allegations that it gave patients unnecessary treatment in a grand scheme to overbill the federal Medicare program and increase company profits.  The allegations include placing patients in the highest therapy level, even when the patients were unresponsive and did not benefit from or require the therapy.  Kindred agreed to pay the settlement to quiet the issue, but do not admit to any wrongdoing.  Additionally, several nursing homes that hired Kindred’s therapy unit, RehabCare, have agreed to pay $8 million to the federal government for participating in the scheme. 

Nursing Home Employees Use Social Media to Capture and Share the Abuse of Nursing Home Residents

In a disturbing and growing trend, nursing home employees are posting disrespectful and embarrassing pictures of residents on social media. ProPublica has identified 35 instances since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers have shared photos or videos of residents, some of whom were partially or completely naked.  The most popular outlet being used for sharing of these images is Snapchat, an app that allows users to send photos or videos that will appear for a few seconds then disappear with no lasting record.  Some of these incidents have resulted in criminal charges, but most have not.  Photos taken without resident’s permission may violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal patient privacy law that carries civil and criminal penalties.

Tad’s Favorites, Louisville’s Finest: Huber’s Orchard and Winery

Living and working in Louisville is often a balancing act of finding time to appreciate the finer points in life while keeping a busy schedule that revolves around rush hour traffic, business deadlines, and other daily responsibilities. The good news is that there isn’t a shortage of ways to enjoy the finer points of life in Louisville. Every inch of the city teems with richness, an exquisite taste of classic, Americana-inspired history, and the possibility for new adventures.

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