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CMS Issues Reminder Regarding 24-Hour Visitation

[08/05/13]

Posted on August 5, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a Survey and Certification Letter as a reminder of current regulations (42 C.F.R. 483.10(j)) delineating the rights of long term care (“LTC”) residents to receive family and non-family visitors.  The current guidelines grant broad discretion to the residents with respect to visitation.  Facilities must provide 24-hour... READ MORE

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CMS Clarifies Delegation of Tasks by Physicians in Long-Term Care Facilities

[03/12/13]

Posted on March 12, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), in the March 8, 2013 Memorandum, issued new guidance specifying those tasks that can and cannot be delegated in skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and nursing facilities (“NFs”).  Physicians who improperly assign tasks to non-physician practitioners (“NPPs”) jeopardize the SNFs’ and NFs’ compliance with federal and state... READ MORE

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CMS Proposes Extension on Automatic Sprinkler Requirements

[02/07/13]

Posted on February 7, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

In 2003, two fires in long-term care facilities resulted in 31 resident deaths. As a result of these two events, CMS analyzed the fire safety precautions in place in these facilities and determined that resident safety could be greatly improved by requiring that all long-term care facilities have automatic sprinkling systems installed throughout the... READ MORE

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OIG Report Finds Extensive Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Facilities

[07/09/12]

Posted on July 9, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report this morning detailing issues found in the use of antipsychotics in nursing facilities.  Utilizing a sample of records from January through June of 2007, the OIG found over 99% of records reviewed failed to meet one or more Federal requirements.   READ MORE

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Nursing Assistant Jailed for Posting Resident Photos to Facebook

[03/23/12]

Posted on March 23, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

I wanted to highlight a post from one of our sister-blogs at Hall Render, the Litigation Analysis Blog, about a recent jail term for a nursing assistant who posted pictures of a resident to her Facebook account. In that case, a judge sentenced a nursing assistant to eight days in jail, and two years probation... READ MORE

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Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations for Nursing Facility Residents

[03/19/12]

Posted on March 19, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

As a means of improving care to residents residing in Medicare/Medicaid nursing facilities, CMS announced on March 15, 2012 an initiative to help reduce avoidable hospitalizations.  Organizations interested in participating in this initiative must submit an application to CMS by June 14, 2012. The goal of the initiative is to improve care for residents... READ MORE

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Overprescriped Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

[12/07/11]

Posted on December 7, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

On November 30, 2011, Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, appeared before the Special Committee on Aging, and testified regarding the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) findings pertaining to the use of atypical antipsychotic drugs by nursing home residents. The OIG hired psychiatrists who are experts in treating elderly patients to review a sample of... READ MORE

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CMS Revisits Smoking Safety in Long Term Care Facilities

[11/15/11]

Posted on November 15, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) just released a Survey & Certification Letter (S&C: 12-04-NH) to address a recent report of a nursing facility resident death due to a smoking accident.  A resident who was deemed appropriate to smoke unsupervised, but failing to wear a smoking apron, died as the result of... READ MORE

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CMS Revises Nurse Aide Training Requirements

[08/28/11]

Posted on August 28, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

CMS recently published a Survey & Certification Memorandum (S&C:11-35-NH) detailing progress in the implementation of Section 6121 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Section 6121 of the ACA mandates enhanced nurse aide training in nursing homes.  The enhanced training focuses on two areas: 1) how to care for residents with dementia, and 2) how... READ MORE

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