medical review panels en Seniors Rally Against Nursing Home Bill <p>FRANKFORT — More than 100 senior citizens and advocates rallied Thursday at the Capitol Rotunda in support of several bills before the Kentucky General Assembly—and against one bill in particular.</p><p class="Standard"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They urged Kentucky lawmakers to oppose &nbsp;legislation that creates</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a panel to review lawsuits against nursing homes and requires those filing suits to pay fees to submit their case to the panel, said Cathy Murphy, associate state director for the AARP.</span></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:31:50 +0000 Rae Hodge 4261 at Seniors Rally Against Nursing Home Bill After Tough Debate, Senate Passes Bill Allowing Panel Reviews in Nursing Home Abuses Cases <p>The state Senate on Wednesday approved that sets up a panel to review abuse cases from nursing homes.</p><p>Three doctors would be put on the panel to review abuse cases; the bill would not prevent patients from filing lawsuits, but the findings from the panel could be admissible in court.</p><p>The Senate approved Senate Bill 9 on a party-line vote—Republican for, Democrats against.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill sponsor, Sen. Julie Denton, a Louisville Republican, said the goal is to crack down on bad lawsuits, while still protecting nursing home patients.</span></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:10:05 +0000 Kenny Colston 3987 at After Tough Debate, Senate Passes Bill Allowing Panel Reviews in Nursing Home Abuses Cases Nursing Home Group Launches Ads in Support of Medical Review Bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Groups supporting &nbsp;a bill creating medical panels to review allegations of nursing home abuse are taking their cause to the airwaves.</span></p><p>The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities this week released a 60 second television radio ad, urging people to support Senate Bill 9.</p><p>The group is made up of nursing homes who want the review panels—which is called for in Senate Bill 9— as a safeguard against what they call overreaching trial lawyers.</p><p>The ad takes aim directly at the lawyers.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:01:03 +0000 Kenny Colston 3866 at