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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

Deer crashes into nursing home

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

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. Read More »

Three employees fired for videotaping residents

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

Another involuntary discharge

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

Briggs partners with Kno2, BlueStrata for e-forms

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

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

NV nurse charged with refusing to help resident after a fall

Co-workers at the assisted living community said they were ordered to let a memory care resident fall out of her wheelchair so the fall could be used as an excuse to remove the resident from the unit, according to police. Read More »

TheWorxHub adds security management application

The mobile application can be used on any device and integrates data reporting within TheWorxHub’s operations management system. Read More »

Disaster plans: perfect on paper

The criminal investigation into the eight South Florida nursing home deaths following Hurricane Irma is prompting a larger look at how long-term care facilities prepare—and practice—for natural disasters. Read More »

How Holiday Retirement is bracing for Hurricane Irma

An executive at the senior living provider shares what they’ve learned about emergency preparedness and what they’re doing before Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida. Read More »

Florida Argentum: Preparatation checklist and resources

Florida's Argentum chapter urges senior living providers to take Hurricane Irma seriously and offers resources to help them prepare. Read More »

CMS waives provider screening, DME requirements for TX and LA hurricane victims

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is temporarily waiving its usual requirements for acquiring or replacing medical equipment or prosthetics and is easing provider screening rules for Texas and Louisiana providers and suppliers impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Read More »

5 must-haves for emergency preparedness planning

New CMS regulations are an opportunity for providers to write policies and practice procedures that can prepare staff for the unexpected.  Read More »

A live feed of nursing home life

Social media is a popular method of communication, but what happens when staff and residents use it to share about long term care? Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares her observations and opinions.  Read More »

Assisted living residents rescued by power of social media

When the image of elderly residents trapped in waist-deep flood water made its rounds on Twitter, many people initially thought it was fake. Read More »

Texas nursing homes brace for Hurricane Harvey

Senior living communities in the path of the storm are implementing their emergency preparedness plans and moving residents ahead of the landfall, expected late Friday night. Read More »

LTCG to acquire LifePlans

The deal will combine LTCG’s long-term care business processing with LifePlan’s risk management tools, including cognitive acuity screening. Read More »

Advance directive struggle for Alzheimer’s resident

A resident's advance directive has turned into a legal battle with family members who say the assisted living provider shouldn't be helping her eat. Read More »

When domestic violence comes to work

Employers should create safety policies and procedures for handling domestic violence before it arrives on the doorstep. Read More »

When domestic violence doesn’t stay at home

Employers should create safety policies and procedures for handling domestic violence before it arrives on the doorstep. Read More »

Woman impersonates cleaner, steals from residents, police say

A Florida woman has been charged for allegedly rummaging through resident rooms. Read More »

CMS launches Hospice Compare site

Much like the Nursing Home Compare site for skilled nursing facilities, the new data comparison tool will allow consumers to see quality measures data on hospice and palliative care providers. Read More »

Emergency: Is evacuation the best choice?

Evacuate? Shelter in place? A new study shows that fleeing an emergency can still have harmful effects on elderly residents. Read More »

Brookdale tackles advance care planning

The senior living provider and Iris Plans have partnered to offer residents end-of-life care planning services.  Read More »

Balancing resident safety with quality of life

Four senior living executives weigh in on the threat of litigation and demands of helicopter children while providing a meaningful life for residents.  Read More »

CMS backpedals on arbitration restrictions

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reconsidering its previous ban on pre-dispute agreements as binding arbitration. Read More »