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September 2016

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Department of Public Health Approves Mass Evictions of Eureka Nursing Home Residents

On September 28, 2016, the Department of Public Health (DPH) gave unconditional written approval to Rockport Healthcare Services to implement its revised closure and relocation plans for Seaview, Pacific and Eureka Rehabilitation & Wellness Centers in Eureka. These three nursing homes contain nearly 60 percent of the nursing home beds in Humboldt County and house about 190 residents. Rockport Healthcare Services is affiliated with Brius Healthcare Services, a nursing home business operated by Shlomo Rechnitz. 



Mixed Grades for New Federal Nursing Home Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final regulations governing nursing homes on September 28, 2016 that add new requirements and revise hundreds of existing rights and standards. The rule is 713 pages long and affects almost every aspect of life in a nursing home. Some of the changes are very good news for residents, while others are troubling or disappointing.



Feds Ban Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes!

In a stunning development to protect nursing home residents, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a new rule prohibiting nursing homes from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements with residents. The rule guarantees residents will retain their right to seek justice in a court of law if a nursing home abuses them.
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California Nursing Home Chain Paying $30 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice

On September 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that North American Health Care (NAHC) and its top officials have agreed to pay $30 million to settle allegations that it sought payment from Medicare and TRICARE for therapy services its residents did not need. NAHC is based in Orange County and most of its 35 skilled nursing facilities are in California.

CANHR Needs a New Home

CANHR began as a San Francisco Bay based non-profit in 1983, expanding our services to all of California in 1990. But the building we've been leasing for the past seven years in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood is being sold. We have a little more than a year to find a new home, and are interested in purchasing a building to ensure that we will not be subject to skyrocketing rents or more buyouts, forcing us to relocate. 

Please help us in our search! We are looking for a building in the San Francisco or Berkeley area for sale, or a lease to own option. We are looking for a one or two story building that is close to public transportation, in a generally safe neighborhood and at least 3,500 square feet. If you know of a place that may fit our needs, or have more questions about our specifications, please email


Pre Order by October 14th! - New Medi-Cal Recovery Laws Effective January 1, 2017 (2016)

This booklet has been revised to provide guidance on the new Medi-Cal Recovery laws that are effective for those individuals who die on or after January 1, 2017. For individuals who die prior to January 1, 2017, the current recovery rules will apply. This booklet outlines applicable rules for both the current law, and the new law.

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Understanding the New Medi-Cal Recovery Laws Webinar: Recording On Sale Now $25 - 1 hr MCLE; Materials Included

This one-hour webinar will review the new provisions effective January 1, 2017: whose estate can be subject to recovery? What is and is not included in “estate” for the purposes of recovery? do spouses need to worry about recovery anymore? What is a homestead of modest value in California? These and other questions will be answered.
Presented by Patricia McGinnis, CANHR Executive Director and Peter Stern, Esq. 
$25.00 for webinar recording (mov.file), 1 hour MCLE, and Materials 

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Our Advocates are here to assist you and answer your questions regarding:

  • Counseling on Care Options
  • Medi-Cal Eligibility and Recovery
  • Resident Rights and Quality of Care Issues
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