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A troubling article about abuse in a US rehabilitation facility

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Florida - The following is a link to troubling article about how people with brain injury or other cognitive disabilities have been treated in a US rehabilition facility.

Abuse of Brain Injured Americans Scandalizes U.S.

When you are seeking treatment for someone with a brain injury be vigilant in ascertaining the quality of care and whether that business has received complaints.  While that individual is receiving care, listen to what they are telling you and investigate any indications of abuse.   People with brain impairments are very vulnerable.

This article also emphasises how sparse resources are for the brain injury community:

The complaints underscore the problems that 5.3 million brain-injured Americans are having [difficulty] finding adequate care. Their numbers are growing, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as better emergency medicine and vehicle safety mean that fewer die from traffic accidents, bullet wounds and other causes of traumatic brain injuries.

Here is some guidance from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) on how to select rehabilitation services:

A Guide to Selecting and Monitoring Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services

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Kaiser settles on treatment denied to members

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California - According to the California Department of Managed Health Care, in a settlement announced May 25, 2012, Kaiser Permanente must provide medically necessary physical, occupational and speech therapy to members denied treatment since January 2009 and reimburse those who paid out of pocket.

Letters  are being sent this month (July 2012) to members who have filed complaints about denial of physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment.

This settlement will be featured in Kaiser’s Summer 2012 Partners in Health publication to reach members who are not identified but may be eligible.

Kaiser members must seek reimbursement before Jan 31, 2013.

Read more here.

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The BIC is LIVE!

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California - New news!  The BIC is LIVESmile

The BIC's current/new site was made public June 11, 2012. 

The BIC has a few glitches to work through on the website so there isn't going to be a lot of activity on the site and you may experience some problems.  If you have any issues with the site, please report them to the BIC Team here.

A lot of information hasn't been added to the site so please bear with us. The BIC needs volunteers. If you have compassion for the brain injury community and the time to volunteer, please learn all the ways you can help BIC grow here.