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Jack's Take on the Bill that would Crack Down on Bad Nursing Homes

Modesett Williams - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Read the Austin American-Statesman article about Senate Bill 932 here. The bill was filed by State Senator Charles Schwertner on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Jack Modesett has spent twenty-five years representing patients who have suffered abuse in the long-term care setting. He feels that Senator Schwertner is to be congratulated for his work on behalf of some of our most vulnerable citizens, but he knows there is still work to be done in protecting these people.

The two agree that nursing home operators must be held accountable for their acts of malfeasance. In handling hundreds of these cases across Texas, Jack has seen every kind of horror one can imagine and recognizes that these types of abuses and neglect occur all too frequently in nursing homes. He asserts that this will continue as many nursing home operators have used recent changes to Texas law to "associate" with county hospitals and then claim Tort Claims Immunity. These "associations" are a sham and change nothing about how the homes are operated or who really operates them; some of the "associations" are with county hospitals that are not within a hundred miles of the home.

If Jack can offer any assistance in representing these victims, holding nursing home operators accountable, or improving the long-term care industry, Modesett Williams stands ready.

3 Strikes, You're Out

Modesett Williams - Monday, February 16, 2015

For years now, Texas has consistently ranked among the worst states when it comes to nursing home quality. Recognizing this deficiency, Texas lawmakers have proposed a "3 strikes rule" that would revoke the license of and shut down any nursing home cited with three federal-deficiencies. The conditions of the legislation are that the offenses would have to take place on separate dates, and that the offenses would have to occur within a 24 month period. 

Proponents of the legislation argue that the 3 strike rule would make nursing homes more conscious about their conditions and encourage managers to appropriately handle their staff. However, there are oppositions to the legislation. It has been argued that if a nursing home's license were to be revoked, the individuals living in the home could face difficulties finding a facility to accept them. Regardless of the arguments against the legislation, the lawmakers have spurred and welcomed a much-needed discussion on what Texas can do to improve the quality of care in nursing homes.

To view the full article, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/us/nursing-facilities-blast-three-strikes-proposal.html?_r=0

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