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Top 10 ways to avoid litigation

Top 10 ways to avoid litigation

In nursing home lawsuits, plaintiffs are often unhappy family members of residents who have experienced falls, pressure wounds, unexplained injuries or death. In our practice defending long-term care facilities, we have identified some relatively simple and straightforward actions that nursing homes can take to avoid litigation.

Ask the legal expert ... about screening for sex offenders

Ask the legal expert ... about screening for sex offenders

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How can we make sure we don't have registered sex offenders working or volunteering for us? What if they lie to us about it?

CMS to weigh comments on disqualifying convictions in crafting background check regulations

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Long-term care stakeholders generally support proposed regulations on background checks of direct care workers, according to an informational memorandum issued Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

State News

State News

Connecticut — The National Labor Relations Board has sued HealthBridge Management for contempt of court, marking the latest development in a long-running dispute.

Feds offer more support for workers' background checks

Feds offer more support for workers' background checks

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A federal agency is again offering to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to employee background checks for long-term care providers. All direct-care employees could potentially be affected.

State law loophole allows former criminals to work in elder care facilities

Minnesota has granted waivers for 15,000 people with criminal backgrounds seeking to work in the state's long-term care facilities, a new report finds.

CNAs, home health aides in huge demand, but struggles ahead, experts warn

CNAs, home health aides in huge demand, but struggles ahead, experts warn

Certified nursing assistants and home health aides will continue to be in huge demand, but a lack of training and low pay could mean a labor crisis for nursing facilities, home health agencies and even hospitals, according to a joint report from Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post.

Indiana state senator to introduce nurse background check legislation

State Sen. Patricia Miller (R) plans to introduce legislation mandating nurse background checks. The move is in response to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels's (R) decision not to pursue federal matching grants for nurse background checks in nursing homes.

Nursing home caregivers gather to protest proposed Medicare cuts

Nursing home caregivers, residents and representatives from national healthcare organizations gathered in Kennebunkport, ME, Wednesday. They came to send a petition to state lawmakers urging them not to cut Medicare funding for nursing homes.

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