ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 126

ELDERUPDATES.COM, No. 126 JUNE 11, 2016   4 out of 10 co-signers end up paying all or part of the loan as primary borrowers fail to pay on time.  Co-signers take a credit hit and pay from the late payment(s) and still have to pay the rest.  (NBR, June 6, 2016.) DOCTORS at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California, did not notify city authorities of 35 infections caused by a scope called a “duodenoscope”, in violation of state law requiring prompt notification.  (Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2016.) OTHER doctors reportedly uneasy with new End of Life Option Act (aid-in-dying) law to be implemented on June, 9th because, as one doctor says “Hippocratic oath [says doctors] shouldn’t harm patients”.  (Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2016.) When the Hippocratic oath was written doctors had not much more than home remedies, knives and bleeding to help the ill.  Now, when doctors have the power to prevent patients’ pain, some doctors revert to the Hippocratic Oath without addressing the context in which it was made. Is it “doing harm” to a competent patient to follow their wishes, rather than the doctor’s? ALMOST concurrently, South Carolina passes a law to prevent abortions 20 weeks after conception, without exceptions for rape or incest, but only for the health of the mother.  (The WEEK, June 10, 2016.) 2 year review of microbial resistance warns “superbugs” resistant to antibiotics evolving in response to the increased use, and over prescription of, antibiotics. (The WEEK, June 10, 2016.) Note: Because of $60 B in Medicare fraud each year (AARP Bulletin, June, 2016), are the numbers on which some studies are based fully accurate when they may include fraudulent claims...

ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 125

ELDERUPDATES.COM, No. 125 JUNE 4, 2016 MASSACHUSETTS Sen. Edward Markey calls for investigation of OxyContin effects ending early, leaving patients with the dilemma of whether to take more or be in pain.  A Los Angeles Times report stated that OxyContin does not provide 12 hours of relief and this has been known to the drug’s manufacturer for at least two decades.  (Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2016.) RELATED matters: Prince died from overdose of fentanyl, a drug 100 times more powerful than morphine; and Doctors finally cutting back on the opioid prescriptions they write. SPECIAL Prosecutor Ken Starr, who investigated President Clinton’s sex life in the 1990s, leading to Clinton’s impeachment, now removed from Baylor University as its president for not addressing alleged attacks by school athletes on at least 6 women.  (Various.)  While scant comfort to those wronged, the sequence of events is rich in irony. 2,200 homeless people in Los Angeles County have housing vouchers but no place to use accept them. (Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2016). Concurrently, I have a client on the waiting list for a voucher for, 13 years. My client is elderly and disabled yet still he waits.  A recent letter to the Housing agency at the address on their letterhead was returned after 2 weeks.  One can only surmise they found better accomadations. Meanwhile, in a related story in the same day’s paper, a coalition of labor and environmental organizations opposes Brown’s housing plan because it will sidestep the state’s environmental law. The governor’s plan would allow some urban housing programs that: 1) are built on land already zoned for high-density construction and 2) reserve a percentage of their units for low-income...