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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.

FDA nixes 19 antibacterial handwash ingredients

September 2, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

The final rule issued today forces companies to remove 19 different ingredients from over-the-counter products because they haven’t proven to be effective in preventing the spread of illness and could do more harm than good.

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.

NOTICE Act takes effect

August 25, 2016  |  Robert Gatty
article

Advocacy groups are urging Congress to pass additional legislation on the NOTICE Act to allow observation time to count toward the required three-day inpatient stay for Medicare. Federal officials are also considering arbitration agreement provisions.

Illinois passes family caregiver leave law

August 23, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

The prairie state joins 4 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing employees to use their accrued paid sick days for a family member’s care instead of their own.

Illinois signs bill for dementia care regulations

August 22, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

The state is the latest to mandate certification for facilities that provide care services for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Government plows broadband clearing for rural SNFs

August 12, 2016  |  Robert Gatty
article

Industry leaders’ persistent efforts resulted in passage of the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act, which will allow skilled nursing facilities to seek federal funding to finance high-speed Internet service for providers in rural areas. 

CMS to SNFs: Get your social media policies in place

August 11, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

CMS has issued a notice to state officials to ensure nursing homes have proper policies in place to prohibit employees from capturing footage of residents and sharing on social media with the intent to humiliate or make fun of them.

The top 10 CMS Life Safety Code citations

July 29, 2016  |  Josh Malbogat
article

By Josh Malbogat, Director of Senior Living for TheWorxHub by Dude Solutions

Only 1 in 5 facilities is deficiency free each year. Is your site in the clear on the top 10 Life Safety citations?

 

OSHA penalties to increase Aug. 1

July 25, 2016  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS
blog

OSHA, which last adjusted its penalties in 1990, plans to adjust the fines for inflation each year from now on, as per Congressional rule.

OSHA launches anti-retaliation rules for injury and illness reporting

July 1, 2016  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS
blog

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed rules that forbid retaliation and discrimination for reporting injuries, including post-accident drug testing and "incentive" programs that retaliate against those who bring workplace safety...

Challenges to EHR implementation

June 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

A new study on implementation of electronic health records (EHR) has identified several obstacles for doctors, chief among them poor user experience.

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