Category archive: Nursing Homes

Recent Findings by Office of Inspector General Regarding Reporting of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released the findings of an audit performed to determine the prevalence of incidents of potential abuse or neglect of Medicare beneficiaries residing in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Specifically, OIG looked at beneficiaries who resided in a SNF during 2016 and who also had a hospital ER Medicare claim…

Recent Amendments to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act was recently amended by the Illinois General Assembly (IGA) after the passage of what both nursing home and patient advocates consider a mutually agreeable bill. One area the law is designed to address is the conflict between appropriate levels of direct nursing care and the well-known shortages in this…

Appeal From Order Denying Arbitration Must Be Filed Within 10 Days

In Sanford v. CenturyTel of Missouri, LLC, d/b/a CenturyLink, No. SC95465 (Mo. en banc 2016), the Missouri Supreme Court recently held that an order denying a motion to compel arbitration is immediately appealable. The order denying arbitration must be appealed within 10 days from entry to avoid waiting for a final judgment after trial to…

New CMS Guidance Protecting Patient Privacy in Nursing Home

PROTECTING RESIDENT PRIVACY AND PROHIBITING MENTAL ABUSE RELATED TO PHOTOGRAPHS AND AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDINGS BY NURSING HOME STAFF In light of concerns that patient photographs are showing up on social media networks and other multimedia messaging, CMS issued guidance to State Survey Agency Directors. S&C: 16-33-NH dated August 5, 2016, effective immediately, addresses the need for…

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