Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents A nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of care and life for Arkansas residents in long-term care facilities
Arkansas Office of Long Term Care The Office of Long Term Care conducts investigation of complaints in which abuse or neglect of residents, or misappropriation of resident property, is witnessed, suspected, or alleged in long-term care facilities. Complaint information is kept confidential.
Arkansas Attorney General Abuse and Neglect Complaint One mission of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office is to investigate and prosecute Medicaid provider fraud and incidences of patient abuse and neglect.
LTCFocUS.Org Provides data on nursing home care in the US with a goal to allow researches to trace relationships between state policies, local market forces and quality of long-term care and enable policymakers to craft state and local guidelines that promote high-quality, cost-effective, equitable care for older Americans.
Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services This is an excellent site hosted by the United States Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The “Nursing Home Compare” feature assists you in evaluating the quality of care at any nursing home that accepts Medicare payments.
Medicare Rights Center Understanding Medicare is no simple task. The Medicare Rights Center works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling, educational programs and public policy initiatives.
Center for Medicare Advocacy The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain Medicare and necessary health care.
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Formerly the National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, NCCNHR is a national nonprofit organization of consumers and advocates who define and achieve quality for people with long-term care needs.
AARP AARP is a national nonprofit organization that promotes and protects the rights of senior citizens.
National Nursing Home Watch List by State Nursing homes with recent survey violations or substantiated complaints for “actual harm” or “immediate jeopardy.”
How to Select a Nursing Home A reference and checklist for the potential nursing home resident and his or her family.
National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel US research, education, and advocacy for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment.
The Merck Manual of Geriatrics A resource for medical conditions affecting geriatric patients.
American Medical Directors Association AMDA has published Clinical Practice Guidelines specifically for use in long-term care.
Standards of Medical Practice A key issue in medical malpractice cases is whether the health care provider met accepted standards in his or her treatment of the patient. The National Guideline Clearinghouse is a government-sponsored research tool that allows one to search for the medical care guidelines and standards of care that are specific to a variety of diseases, conditions and treatments. Patients can search for guidelines by disease, type of treatment, or medical organization.
Medical Literature Online The National Institute of Health’s PubMed is huge, easy to use database of information on nearly all of the medical journal articles written in the past 40 years. Users can search by keyword, author, and journal title. Most of the articles found provided free summaries of their content, and some link to free online versions of the full article.
AMA Doctor-Finder The American Medical Association’s Doctor-Finder lists background information including doctors’ specialties, education, and board certification.
HealthGrades.com HealthGrades.com, Inc., offers extensive report cards on doctors, hospitals, health plans and nursing homes nationwide (the reports cost between $3 – $7). State and national disciplinary actions are listed along with other background information.
Arkansas State Medical Board The Arkansas State Medical Board has government licensing board information on specific doctors in Arkansas.
Arkansas State Pharmacy Board The Arkansas State Pharmacy Board has government licensing board information on specific pharmacists in Arkansas.
Arkansas State Board of Nursing The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has government licensing board information on specific nurses in Arkansas.
Medication Errors The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research maintains a website on “medication errors,” a health care professional’s inappropriate or erroneous prescription of a medication that causes harm to the patient. It includes a list of drug products often associated with medication errors.