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Resources: Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Negligence

American Bar Association (ABA) Division of Public Education offers consumers some helpful, basic information about personal injury and medical malpractice issues.

Glossary of Divorce Terms as offered by the American Bar Association (ABA) is a helpful, quick reference guide for individuals going through the process of separation and divorce.

HIPPA (Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a summary of HIPPA which can be helpful in determining who may request medical records as needed for medical malpractice review.

AAJ (American Association for Justice). The AAJ members are trial lawyers, and its mission is to “promote a fair and effective justice system”.

Texas Medical Board: Consumer Information contains answers to issues about filing complaints and obtaining medical records.

Consumer Affairs: Medical Malpractice.  “ConsumerAffairs is a consumer news and advocacy organization founded in 1998”.

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care mission includes advocacy, education and empowerment for consumers, families, and health providers.  Their goal is to promote best-practices in care delivery.

Nursing Home Compare   Nursing Home Compare offers detailed information about the past performance of all nursing homes that accept medicare and medicaid payments.  Comparison information is also available at the medicare.gov website: http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Survey and Certification  CMS maintains oversight of the survey and certification of nursing homes and other medically related facilities.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Quality Initiative  The Nursing Home Quality Initiative is provided by CMS and publishes information on Nursing Homes all throughout the USA.

The Community Connector (previous FirstGov for Seniors)  For government resources for seniors on money, health and consumer issues.

The US Special Committee on Aging  The Special Committee on Aging submits findings and recommendations to the U.S. A. Senate on issues related to healthcare, fraud, and an annual review of pension coverage, The Committee also publishes materials about public policies which relate to the elderly.

The National Council on Aging  Founded in 1950, NCOA is the nation’s first association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons.

The National Center on Elder Abuse Provides a wide array of information. Consumers can look up specific resources for their state.

American Society on Aging  Nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of those working with older adults and their families.

Texas State Medical Board.  Locate information about a physician and other licensed medical providers in Texas.

Texas Board of Nursing. Get information on licensed nurses in the state of Texas.

Find general information on many health conditions.  http://www.webmd.com/

U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) Recalls. FDA’s latest market withdrawals. recalls and safety alerts on pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Find consumer information on FDA approved drugs.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medication Guides. Medication guides, similar to pharmacy paper printout guidelines, with warnings and information from the FDA on certain prescription drugs.

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (TX DADS). TX DADS is the regulatory agency for the State of Texas that administers long-term services and supports for people who are aging (seniors) and also for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (TX DADS) – How to Make a Complaint. For more information on how to make a complaint against a Texas nursing home or assisted living facility.

AARP. AARP’s website provides information on resources for many senior issues.