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What we learned at the DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar

What we learned at the DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar Every year, we look forward to the DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar to collaborate with leaders on the newest trends and strategies in the long-term care industry. Each session gives our team an...

ALN Team Spotlight | Meg Defries

We’d like to introduce you to Meg Defries, a member of the ALN Consulting team. Meg has over 20 years of ICU and stepdown experience and has worked with a vast range of patients. Meg’s clinical experience includes surgical, ICU, and step down with some medical...

ALN Team Spotlight | Tamri Cutlip

We’d like to introduce you to Tamri Cutlip, a member of the ALN Consulting team. Tamri has over 20 years of office management and medical transcription experience. Tamri’s front office experience started in Ohio at the Cardiac Cath Lab, where she managed the...

Medical Malpractice and Long-Term Care: Plaintiffs

This is the second installment of our two-part series looking at medical malpractice cases in long-term care, from the perspectives of both the defense and the plaintiff.  Click here to read Medical Malpractice and Long Term Care: Defense.   Each season brings a...

ALN Team Spotlight | Michele Smith

We’d like to introduce you to Michele Smith, a member of the ALN Consulting team. Michele has over 20 years of nursing and legal nurse consulting experience covering neuro ICU, medical-surgical ICU, and open heart recovery. Michele ’s nursing career started soon after...

How to Review Medical Records

ALN’s Legal Nurse Consultants are experienced at reviewing records and creating reports for our clients that result in measurable, positive outcomes in legal cases. However, new Legal Nurse Consultants often have questions about getting started reviewing a medical...

Medical Malpractice and Long Term Care: Defense

We’re kicking off a two-part series looking at medical malpractice cases in long-term care, from the perspectives of both the defense and the plaintiff.   Part 1: The Defense of Long-Term Care Facilities When a defense team defends a long-term care facility...

How to Become a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC)

Nurses have medical knowledge and research skills that are invaluable in many Medical Malpractice, Toxic Tort, Personal Injury, Long-Term Care, Product Liability, and Class Action lawsuits. Attorneys in this field have a secret weapon on their team when they hire a...

ALN Team Spotlight | Monica Chadwick

We’d like to introduce you to Monica Chadwick, a member of the ALN Consulting team. Monica has over 25 years of nursing and legal nurse consulting experience covering orthopedic trauma, neurology, geriatrics, hospice and home health care. Monica’s nursing career...

CMS Abandons Nursing Home Arbitration Appeal

It's not often that we see such important news breaking in our industry.  This, however, is an example of news that we see as potentially having an impact on our industry.  We have shared the original article in its entirety.   By Virgil Dickson  | June 5, 2017...

What the Mirena IUD Case Means for Expert Testimony

In 2011, the first personal injury complaint was made against Mirena, a plastic intrauterine device (IUD) used by over 2 million women worldwide. Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Mirena is a...

ALN Team Feature | Beth Murray

Elizabeth is an independent legal nurse consultant with and owner of Elizabeth Murray Consulting, LLC a consulting firm in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area. Beth is a graduate of Seattle University, and a former US Army Captain, and has extensive experience in...

ALN Team Feature | Marguerite Barbacci

We’d like to introduce you to Marguerite Barbacci, a key member of the ALN Consulting team. Marguerite has over 20 years of nursing and legal nurse consulting experience covering maternal-infant nursing, home health, and clinical research. Marguerite’s nursing career...

ALN Team Spotlight | Lisa Hughes

We’d like to introduce you to Lisa Hughes, a key member of the ALN Consulting team. Lisa has over 20 years of nursing and legal nurse consulting experience covering hospital medical-surgical and orthopedic nursing, home health, long-term care, and risk management....

Geriatric Sexual Assault: An Elder Abuse Phenomenon

There is a nearly invisible injustice occurring in the United States today. It’s a subject no one ever wants to think about: rape. But, more than that, it’s happening to someone we never thought it would: our parent. Namely, our mothers and grandmothers. Even more,...

Exciting News. A new chapter has begun at ALN!

We are excited to announce that our team has moved to a new location near downtown Nashville. We're growing, and we needed more space to make room for the additions to our amazing team. Now you can find us at 615 Main Street, Ste B25, Nashville, TN 37206. Should you...

When Medicare Demands a Refund

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General has been conducting massive fraud sweeps of its contractors and programs. With an eye to reducing waste and mismanagement, the HHS and OIG are now going after multi-site healthcare organizations like never before with a complete revamp of rules unseen in 15 years. And they’re not stopping on obvious quality of care abuses. These departments are auditing for past Medicare invoicing – and demanding refunds for services they have identified as overbilling.

The Law and the Glasgow Coma Scale

When pursuing legal action for clients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), attorneys must be able to assess the progression of damage and the prognosis for recovery.  One of the first steps is understanding the most common scoring system used to...

ALN Team Spotlight | Sandy Hagey

The ALN Consulting team is adding to its more than 346 collective years of clinical nursing expertise with Sandy Hagey. Our highly skilled nurses co-manage cases with the legal team, ensuring the client more time and energy to concentrate on the matter at hand. The...

Kennedy Terminal Ulcer – A 2016 Update

2016 In April 2016, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel or NPUAP announced a change in the terminology and the stages of pressure injuries. Though these stages continue to include both unstageable pressure injuries and deep tissue pressure injuries the new...

Measuring Pain and Suffering

It doesn’t take an attorney to know that pain and suffering go beyond an initial physical injury. Mental pain and suffering often ranges from lack of sleep or energy to humiliation, hypervigilance, consuming anger, mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and even PTSD...

ALN Litigation Perspective

Fudge & McArthur, P.A.’s Donna Fudge and Benjamin Broadwater announce victory in recent Stage IV Pressure Ulcer/Nursing Home case in Florida. The complexity of circumstances demonstrated in this case is not atypical of the facts in many of the long-term care cases...

ALN Team Spotlight | Patricia Bentz

We're so proud to introduce you to Patricia Bentz, RN, BSN, MHA, a key member of the ALN Consulting team. Bentz has over 35 years of nursing experience in multiple areas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana...

Medicinal Marijuana in Medical Law

The Washington Post reports that University of Georgia researchers have produced significant evidence linking prescription marijuana to falling overdose statistics in states where medicinal marijuana use is legal. The study suggests that chronic pain sufferers can...

Uncovering False Allegations

ALN was presented with a long term care case with allegations related to respiratory failure and death. At the time of the events in question, the plaintiff, Ms. Maggie White, was an 84-year-old female with a past medical history of coronary artery disease, chronic...

Universal Precautions vs. Standard Precautions

Most healthcare lawsuits involve a deviation from an established standard of care. To some extent, all medical centers and care facilities have policies in place to prevent the spread of infection. But are their guidelines up to date in light of recent public health...

Falsifying Medical Records

Falsifying or tampering with medical data is no easy feat. Proving that it has occurred can be just as challenging. Patient medical records are legal documents, and courts of law do not typically respond favorably to evidence suggesting that they have been tampered with or altered.

ALN Team Spotlight | LeAnne Smith

We’d like to introduce you to LeAnne Smith, a key member of the ALN Consulting team. LeAnne brings over 20 years of expertise to a team that boasts more than 127 collective years of medical and legal nurse consulting experience. This experience is used every day and gives our consultants the ability to measure and evaluate high level issues.

Opioid Use and Abuse

With the death of Prince from an overdose of the narcotic Fentanyl, another celebrity becomes a statistic in the opioid drug overdose epidemic, currently gripping the United States.  This epidemic is responsible for nearly half a million deaths between 2000 to 2014,...

Culpability and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Using Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can be an excellent way for medical professionals and their staff members to care of patients more easily, sending and receiving information when seconds matter in making medical decisions. However, there are also some serious...

Identifying Medical Malpractice Expert Witnesses

Sometimes medical negligence is apparent without need for explanation.  It doesn’t take an expert to find fault when someone operates on the wrong limb or administers the wrong medication to a nursing home resident. If medical professionals are the only ones with...

CMS Interpretive Guidelines – Revisions to Dementia Guidance

In this installment of the ALN Consulting series on the CMS Interpretive Guidelines, we investigate and explain the most recent revisions to surveyor guidance on care of the resident with dementia in long-term care facilities. In defense cases involving a patient with...

CMS Interpretive Guidelines – Revision to Feeding Tube Guidance

In this installment of the ALN Consulting series on the CMS Interpretive Guidelines, we explore the most recent revisions to surveyor guidance on feeding tubes in long-term care facilities. The Interpretive Guidelines include an explanation of the intent of the law,...

CMS 5 Star Ratings of Nursing Homes

For the past several months, you may have been following along with our CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) Interpretive Guidelines series.  In this installment, Devin Shelby, Administrator of Dickson Health and Rehabilitation, discusses the change in CMS...

The Power of a Nurse’s Words

We here at ALN sometimes encounter a sense of "Am I making a difference and is it enough?" in our profession. And it's interesting to hear that same thing from other nurses.  Diane M Goodman recently posted a piece that so compelled us, we just had to share.  Thank...

CMS Interpretive Guidelines – Revisions to Restraints Guidance

As part of ALN Consulting’s commitment to our legal partners, we introduce the second installment of our CMS Interpretive Guidelines series by diving into the revisions on the use of restraints. The guidelines include an explanation of the intent of the law,...

Why Hire A Legal Nurse Consultant?

Medical malpractice and long term care cases often come with an unimaginable volume of records. Partnering with a legal nurse consultant to review these records can help attorneys discover the merits of the case quickly. With their extensive knowledge of the health...

Interpretive Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities in Litigation

When defending cases against long-term care facilities, the Interpretive Guidelines become the canon by which the operations of a facility are judged. Like most law, long-term care regulations must be scrutinized through interpretation. Understanding the background...