Risk Management

CMS puts 18-mo. hold on certain enforcements, 5-star ratings

The agency has issued a temporary moratorium on the enforcement of eight specific Phase 2 F-Tags, although the new survey process begins this week as scheduled.

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Fire safety for the holidays

Deck the halls, but be safe about it. National fire and life safety expert Stan Szpytek shares tips on reducing fire risk during the holidays.

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AARP Foundation sues to stop nursing home evictions

The organization is taking up its first court case on behalf of a woman with Alzheimer’s who was discharged from her nursing home without warning.

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Deer crashes into nursing home

A deer visited a Bronx nursing home, causing panic for residents, staff and the deer.

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Ready for anything

As the new CMS emergency planning regulations go into effect this month, a crisis-filled 2017 has already given many states multiple reasons to be ready for anything.

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Three employees fired for videotaping residents

An assisted living facility is investigating after employees shared videos on social media that made fun of residents.

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Another involuntary discharge

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares her experiences on being involuntarily discharged and how she thinks the process could be avoided.

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Briggs partners with Kno2, BlueStrata for e-forms

The healthcare documentation company now offers compliance and data forms in electronic format for easy exchange.

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Florida AL chain under investigation for charging residents a hurricane fee

The state’s long-term care ombudsman office is investigating claims that the provider charged its Florida residents a special surcharge because of the storm.

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Immediate jeopardy: True or false?

An immediate jeopardy deficiency can cost providers dearly in finances and reputation. But what if it’s not true? Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz discusses a recent case where the provider challenged CMS over nearly $1 million in fines—and won.

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