Coumadin Management Errors in Nursing Homes

09/21/15 With the prevalence of heart disease in the United States, Warfarin, which goes by the brand name Coumadin, is a widely used blood thinner that helps prevent clots from forming in the blood. According to an investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post, about 1 in 6 nursing home residents take a blood thinner… Read More

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

September 10, 2015 Everyone once in a while, a story pops up in the news about how residents in nursing homes become victims of abuse and neglect at the hands of nurses and staff. News stories across the nation have revealed some the horrors of nursing homes committed by employees who have beaten, sexually assaulted,… Read More

Update: Changes to the VA Claims System

By: Matthew Crist – 2 April 2015 Last week I wrote about changes to the VA disability claims system and that I think those changes will harm veterans or dependents of veterans. It turns out that others agree that the changes will likely be detrimental. The VA’s reaction exemplifies how detached it is from the… Read More

Changes to the VA Disability Claims Systems; Will They Help?

By: Matthew Crist – 26 March 2015 This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out several changes to the VA disability claims and appeals process. Before these changes, a veteran would file an informal claim, not much more than a letter to the VA stating the intent to file a claim, then would… Read More

FCC’s “Net Neutrality” Strangulation of the Internet

By: Matthew Crist – 13 March 2015 The reclassification of broadband internet service as a Title II telecommunication service is a facially political ploy with zero substance. As Commissioner Ajit Pai has stated it, the reclassification is “a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist.” I remember an internet community that blacked… Read More

Old Town Crier article for February

By: Doug Coleman – 2 February 2015 Just a quick update to let people know that you can catch my regular article in the Old Town Crier on the internet even if you are not subscribed to the print version. This month’s article is titled: “Divisions within Divisions.” You can read it over on the… Read More

Paid Sick Leave for Wounded Veterans

By: Timothy L. Creed – 30 January 2015 Federal employees start their employment with no sick leave and build up sick leave as they work. Under a new bill introduced in Congress, the Washington Post reports, certain wounded veterans with a 30% disability resulting from their service would begin federal employment with 104 hours of… Read More

Veterans Disability Pay, Not Enough or Too Much?

By: Matthew Crist – 26 January 2015 I have seen destitute, homeless veterans who live in a domiciliary receive their disability compensation back pay and it changed their lives. I have seen others struggle for months or years to convince the VA of their claim only to be frustrated and receive nothing. With some veterans… Read More

Nurse Practitioners as Expert Witnesses and Health-Care Providers

By: Timothy L. Creed – 21 January 2015 Delegate Jay Leftwich (R–Chesapeake) has introduced a bill that would allow nurse practitioners to testify as expert witnesses and add nurse practitioners to the definition of health-care providers. House Bill No. 1476 would amend and reenact Va. Code Ann. §§ 8.01-401.2 and 8.01-581.1, which would change who… Read More


By: Doug Coleman – 20 Jan 2014 Family members doing due diligence in admitting a relative to a nursing home will frequently ask what security measures are in place to protect residents from intruders. A better question might be: “What measures are being taken to protect residents from other residents?” It is a fact of… Read More

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