Posted on 18 February 2013 in Government, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety, Latest
Attorneys for families of residents say that facilities’ failure to report serious injuries or deaths related to abuse or neglect is not uncommon. Far more often, they say, the state health department only learns about a case of alleged neglect or abuse after a family member files a complaint. Advocates for health care providers stress that incidents of neglect and abuse are extremely rare, and can come to regulators’ attention in a variety of ways.
Posted on 17 February 2013 in Government, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety, Latest
A new Wisconsin law, which went into effect in February 2011, bars families from using state health investigation records in state civil suits filed against long-term providers, including nursing homes and hospices. It also makes such records inadmissible in criminal cases against health care providers accused of neglecting or abusing patients.
Posted on 06 February 2013 in Latest, Money & Politics Column
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported that mining bill proponents have given more than $15 million since 2010 to Scott Walker, who was elected governor that year, and to current members of the state Legislature. Meanwhile, only about $25,000 has flowed from environmental groups registered against the bill.
Posted on 23 January 2013 in Latest, Money & Politics Column
In Wisconsin, any paid representative of an interest group who works to influence state law or policy must register with the state Government Accountability Board and file twice-yearly reports. But if a person works to help an interest group secure a state government contract has no registration or reporting requirement.
Posted on 08 January 2013 in Latest, Money & Politics Column
As in years past, the latest report seems intent on meeting the letter of the law while being as unenlightening as possible.
Posted on 26 September 2012 in Government, Justice & Safety, Latest, Reuters
A Dane County judge who struck down parts of the state’s law gutting collective bargaining for some public workers has drawn a spate of letters and phone messages expressing outrage.
Posted on 25 September 2012 in Latest, Money & Politics Column, Reuters
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal, since aborted, to deep-six building codes requiring electrical safety devices prompted immediate allegations of pay-to-play.
Posted on 04 July 2012 in Economy, Government, Health & Welfare, Latest
Job-seeking veterans work to overcome the disadvantages posed by the stigma of disability — whether or not they are disabled.