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Nursing home faces $100,000 fine for heroin overdose

November 17, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

State and federal health officials seek fines for more than $100,000 at a Chicago nursing home after five residents overdosed on heroin inside the facility. 

Federal judge blocks CMS ban on arbitration

November 7, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

A federal judge has issued a temporary halt on CMS’ final rule ordering LTC facilities to remove all arbitration agreements from their admissions materials.

Six keys to an effective infection preventionist

November 2, 2016  |  Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT
article

Set your infection preventionist up for success by understanding the role and responsiblities beyond what's mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

Omnicare to pay $28M to settle allegations of kickbacks

October 20, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Omnicare will pay more than $28 million to resolve allegations it solicited and received kickbacks from pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott Laboratories in exchange for promoting the anti-epileptic Depakote.

Should you allow employees to carry concealed weapons at work?

September 16, 2016  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS
blog

"My employees want to carry a concealed weapon to work." The decision to allow or prohibit "concealed carry" on your premises is a lot more complicated than you think, even if state law allows it.

Genesis Healthcare reaches $52.7 million settlement

September 9, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

Genesis Healthcare has reached an agreement in principal on settlement terms for four separate U.S. Department of Justice investigations in the amount of $52.7 million, to be paid in a five-year period. 

Resident death shines spotlight on shift changes

September 6, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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A resident death at a five-star facility shows that accidents can happen anywhere—and serves as a reminder to shore up documentation and diligence during shift changes.

Brookdale resident found dead on bus

August 31, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

A resident boarded a bus for a weekly ride around town. She was found dead on the bus more than 29 hours later. 

LTC organizations secure discount for movie night licenses

August 29, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

The old reel-to-reel movies may have given way to DVDs and streaming videos, but keeping your “movie night” legal still requires public performance license. Luckily, there's a sale on licenses for the rest of 2016.

Defuse disputes with arbitration clauses

August 26, 2016  |  Nancy Reynolds, JD
article

Properly drafted arbitration clauses can help reduce resident disputes, but families may still need help understanding the terms.

Flu season: An opportunity for training

August 26, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
article

Despite sunshine and warm temperatures, influenza season is right around the corner. Are your staffers trained in the policies and protocols concerning vaccinations?

Fla. judge says resident death is manslaughter

August 17, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

A Florida court has charged an assisted living LPN with aggravated manslaughter—a felony charge rarely seen in the assisted living setting and one that comes with serious jail time.

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