Legal Updates

Cook County Jury Awards $4.1 Million Verdict

   On July 18, 2017, a Cook County jury awarded a $4,111,477 verdict against Clare Oaks Assisi Healthcare Center. The case arose out of the death of Dolores Trendel, an 85 year-old woman, who was transferred to Clare Oaks in February of 2011 for physical therapy after suffering a fractured hip from a fall at…

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CMS’ New Proposed Rule Repeals Ban on Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken two significant steps away from its prior proposed ban on mandatory arbitration agreements in the long term care setting, abandoning its appeal of a decision blocking implementation of a prior rule banning mandatory arbitration agreements, and issuing a new proposed rule rescinding its prior ban…

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Proposed amendment to the Nursing Home Care Act for complaints made to the Illinois Department of Public Health

A controversial State bill has been proposed which, if passed, would amend the Nursing Home Care Act to require identifying information from individuals who make complaints against nursing homes. Under the proposed amendment, the identifying information would be kept confidential by the Illinois Department of Public Health but State investigators could gain access to this…

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Second District Illinois Appellate Court rules on Quality Assessment and Assurance Protection Act

Second District Illinois Appellate Court rules that nursing home investigation reports are not privileged pursuant to the Quality Assessment and Assurance Protection Act. In Lindsey v. Butterfield Health Care II, Inc., the plaintiff appealed the judgment of the circuit court of DuPage County, requiring production of investigation reports the defendant Butterfield Health Care II, Inc.…

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Breaking news: Injunction granted barring CMS from implementing rule banning arbitration agreements in skilled nursing facilities

On November 7, 2016, Judge Michael Mills, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, granted a request by the American Health Care Association to bar the CMS from implementing a rule that bans arbitration agreements in skilled-nursing facilities. The CMS rule, scheduled to become effective on November 28, 2016,…

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American Health Care Association files lawsuit challenging CMS rule

Our firm previously sent a news update regarding the rule issued by CMS on September 28, 2016, banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing homes. Since then, the American Health Care Association filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of this rule. According to the lawsuit, pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, Congress is the only entity…

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Kakos Decision Announced

In Kakos v. Butler, 2016 IL 120377, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously held that Public Act 98-1132 (eff. June 1, 2015), which limited the size of a civil jury to 6 person and increased juror pay, infringed on the right to trial by jury. Article I, § 13 of the Bill of Rights to the…

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Arbitration agreements banned under new CMS rule

On September 28, 2016, the Health and Human services department issued a new rule barring any nursing home that receives federal funding from requiring its residents to resolve disputes via arbitration instead of in court, effective November 28, 2016. Any facility receiving federal funding will no longer be able to include mandatory arbitration provisions in…

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