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CFIF Strongly Opposes Senator Ron Wyden's "ACCESS to Sound Recordings" Act

CFIF has long championed greater fairness for recording artists and protection of intellectual property (IP) rights in the music industry.   Among other problems, current law generally protects recording artists' rights for post-1972 songs, but not pre-1972 classics:

. Under byzantine laws, artists receive just compensation whenever their post-1972 recordings are played, but in many cases not for their pre-1972 recordings.  That's an indefensible and arbitrary artifact that has persisted far too long.  Why should Neil Diamond receive payment whenever 'America' is played, but not classics like 'Solitary Man?'

Fortunately, the opportunity to correct that unfairness has arrived.  Even better, legislation to correct the existing flawed system arrives alongside other music legislation…[more]

June 18, 2018 • 11:43 pm

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By Betsy McCaughey
Wednesday, August 30 2017
Information on abuse and neglect in state institutions is almost never released to the public...

Nursing home residents trapped in wheelchairs with floodwaters rising to their waiststhe photo of Hurricane Harvey everyone's seen. But even where the weather's fine, nursing home residents are in peril. An alert issued Monday by the inspector general for the federal Department of Health and Human Services calls for urgent action. It cites incidents in 33 states where nursing home residents were rushed to emergency rooms because of rape, broken bones and severe neglect. The IG warned families to "visit your loved ones often" and "report potential cases of abuse or neglect to your local police."

One out of every 3 baby boomers will need a nursing home. Not necessarily for permanent living. Many will go for rehab after heart surgery or an orthopedic repair, never thinking the stay could turn deadly. Robert Pineda, a New Mexico accountant, had surgery on his injured knee, and then went to a rehab near the hospital. Inadequate care led to a bedsore, which became infected, requiring several surgeries, landing him on dialysis and a ventilator. He was taken off life support one week before his 69th birthday.

Lana Chmielewski said her mother spent "11 days of hell" at James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Syracuse, New York. She developed bedsores and an infection, forcing her back to the hospital, where she died after four days.

You can blame the indifference of hospital administrators and government officials for the frequency of these tragedies. When hospital patients are told they need to go to rehab, instead of straight home, the hospital hands them a list of facilities. Beware. Some facilities have five-star ratings from Medicare, but others have only one or two stars, meaning substandard care. Hospital staff don't tell you that. Laura Rees took her 88-year-old mother to the facility on the top of the list, clueless it had only one star. Three weeks later, according to the California judge who ruled in the case, Laura's mother was left to "drown in what appeared to be her own excrement."

What can families do? Complaining to the facility usually elicits "we're short-staffed." That's what Lee Ann Johnson was told when she came to James Square each morning, always finding her father drenched in urine. Conditions were so bad the New York State attorney general raided James Square in June. But enforcement actions are rare. New York has 600 nursing homes, and 40 percent of them provide substandard care, according to Medicare ratings.

The worst facilities appear on Medicare's Special Focus probationary list. Currently there are 82 listed, including one in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, with the misleading name Regalcare. Even that list isn't foolproof. James Square wasn't on it, despite horrors uncovered there.

Some states keep publicly available tallies of the number of complaints filed against private nursing homes. It's worth checking. Still, facilities with numerous complaints stay open, filling beds with unsuspecting patients.

Amazingly, state-run facilities are often less accountable. "Secrets are brushed under the rug," says New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, who has been trying to uncover facts about Steven Wenger, a 41-year-old man unable to speak, walk or breathe without a ventilator due to a car accident. Wenger lived at a state-run disabled-care facility in Rome, New York. Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that maggots had infested Wenger's throat. Information on abuse and neglect in state institutions is almost never released to the public, the AP says. Officials claim they're protecting patient privacy.

New Jersey enacted Peggy's Law this month, imposing fines on employees who witness neglect or assault and fail to call police. It will empower caregivers to do the right thing. Every state should enact a similar law to spare patients the agony of living with abuse and dying from it.


Betsy McCaughey is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and a former lieutenant governor of New York State.
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