CMS: Visitation in Nursing Homes is Allowed for All Residents at All Times

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Supervising Attorney *UPDATE* NYS Department of Health directs nursing homes to follow CMS guidelines: visitation in nursing homes is allowed for all residents at all times. On November 16, 2021, the NYS Department of Health issued Dear Administrator Letter DAL-NH 21-27, accessed here, directing all nursing homes to immediately comply with…

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Patient Right to Access Medical Records

submitted by: Bria Lewis, Esq., Staff Attorney New York State Law gives patients and other qualified individuals (including but not limited to Legal Guardians, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Proxies) access to medical records. You can request your medical records from your physician or a health care facility (including hospitals, home care facilities, hospices,…

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The Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes Must Stop

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Supervising Attorney The details of the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes in the New York Times article should shock the conscience of the community and must finally spur action by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the NYS Department of Health, Congress, and the NYS Legislature. The misuse…

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Post Name Change Instructions

Your name is an important part of your identity.  It gives others information about your background and your gender identity.  For many transgender people, the legal name change process can be empowering, yet complex.   In New York, you can start using a new name without going to court.  However, third parties (such as the…

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Clearing an Indicated Report

How can you clear an indication on a CPS Report? Why would you want to? Years-old indications can impact your ability to become a legal guardian or foster parent in the future. Learn more about how to clear these records by watching the video below, and reading through the PDF document, created by our High…

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