Deficiencies

More deficiencies, fewer registered nurses at nursing homes owned by private equity, researchers find

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Nursing homes under private equity ownership are cited for more deficiencies and have fewer registered nurses on staff than other for-profit facilities, according to recently published research findings.

Plan of correction can be anything but, as this provider learns the hard way

Plan of correction can be anything but, as this provider learns the hard way

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Justice has an odd way of showing itself if you're a nursing facility that disagrees with a deficiency citation but decides to work with inspectors to clear your name. You're not going to believe this one.

'Irreparable harm' to the nursing home is not enough to stay a Medicare and Medicaid termination during an appeal, judge rules

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A nursing home appealing a Medicare and Medicaid termination must meet numerous criteria to qualify for a stay of the termination, even if the facility will likely close before the appeal is decided, a federal judge has ruled.

SNFs with satisfied workers report fewer deficiencies, earn better marks from customers: report

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Skilled nursing facilities with a high rate of employee satisfaction also have fewer survey deficiencies and a higher Five-Star quality rating, according to research announced yesterday at the American Health Care Association annual meeting in Phoenix.

Nursing homes without full sprinkler system will receive deficiency tag

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Nursing homes without an installed, fully functioning sprinkler system will be cited for a deficiency starting this month, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In a memorandum released on Aug. 16, CMS clarified the sprinkler requirement that went into effect on Aug. 13. All nursing homes must be fully equipped with sprinklers in order to participate in Medicare or Medicaid, the requirement mandates.

Avoid survey deficiencies through clear communication and honesty, former surveyor says

Avoid survey deficiencies through clear communication and honesty, former surveyor says

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Long-term care providers should use surveys as an opportunity to showcase great care in their facilities, a former surveyor said in a McKnight's webcast.

Ruling: No penalties mean no chance to appeal rating

Ruling: No penalties mean no chance to appeal rating

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Nursing homes that dispute a deficiency citation without Immediate Jeopardy and want it stricken from the public record should consider withholding a plan of correction, a recent court ruling suggests.

$1.3 million Immediate Jeopardy fine for Oklahoma nursing home that housed registered sex offender

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An Oklahoma nursing home faces a $1.3 million Immediate Jeopardy fine for failing to appropriately supervise a registered sex offender resident.

New app lets users search nursing home deficiencies by keyword

New app lets users search nursing home deficiencies by keyword

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A consumer-targeted Internet tool unveiled Tuesday allows users to search the federal nursing home inspection reports and deficiencies by keyword, city and facility name.

Current trends, future problems for nursing home surveys to be focus of Super Tuesday webcast

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Providers will get an up-close look at problems with the nursing home survey process from a nationally respected expert during the first 2012 McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. The event will take place at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday and earn attendees continuing education (CE) credit. Linda Elizaitis, RNC, RAC-CT, BS, the president of CMS Compliance Group, will examine national trends in survey deficiencies, note at least 10 things that can help an operator prevent deficiencies and also explain how to avoid so-called "gotcha" deficiencies. Registration for the no-cost event is ongoing.

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