Immediate Jeopardy

Surveyor 'help' leads to chaos

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An Ohio nursing home says residents became defiant after speaking with a state inspector, leading the provider to file a lawsuit.

Residents have refused meds, tried to flee secure unit since talking to surveyor, nursing home charges

Residents have refused meds, tried to flee secure unit since talking to surveyor, nursing home charges

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An Ohio nursing home has been trying to care for residents who became defiant after speaking with a state inspector, according to legal charges reported Monday by Courthouse News Service.

Los Angeles County failed in investigating nursing homes, state says

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health did not follow standard policies pertaining to nursing home inspections, according to a review released by the state Department of Health.

Penalty process explained

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A long-term care facility that has been slapped with a civil monetary penalty has 10 days to file for an independent informal dispute resolution process, according to a recent manual update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Medicare manual revision addresses civil monetary penalty policies, survey timeframes

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A long-term care facility slapped with a civil monetary penalty has a chance for an independent informal dispute resolution, according to new manual guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Resident's gruesome death warrants steep fines: court

Resident's gruesome death warrants steep fines: court

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was justified in fining a Kentucky skilled nursing facility $4,050 a day for three months following a resident's death, a U.S. Appeals Court recently ruled.

Shutdown update: DC cuts off Medicaid payments, CMS confirms limited surveys

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In a blow to Medicaid-certified long-term care providers in the nation's capital, officials announced the District of Columbia would not make Medicaid payments during the federal government shutdown.

Court tosses out citation for runny eggs, limits surveyors

Court tosses out citation for runny eggs, limits surveyors

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Slapped with an Immediate Jeopardy citation for serving undercooked eggs to residents, a nursing home took its defense to a federal appeals court — and won. The court staked out limits on how government agencies interpret vague regulations.

Court throws out Immediate Jeopardy citation for undercooked eggs, repudiates interpretation of 'ambiguous' regulation

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A Texas nursing home recently won a legal battle challenging an Immediate Jeopardy citation for serving undercooked eggs to residents.

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.

Nursing homes should think twice before submitting a plan of correction, court ruling suggests

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Nursing homes that dispute a deficiency citation without Immediate Jeopardy and want it stricken from public record should consider withholding a plan of correction (POC), according to a recent federal court ruling.

CMS revises survey guidelines for some long-term care providers with Immediate Jeopardy citations

CMS revises survey guidelines for some long-term care providers with Immediate Jeopardy citations

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Regional authorities will decide whether to conduct full surveys of deemed long-term care providers that are cited for Immediate Jeopardy, according to recently revised guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

$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.

Court upholds Immediate Jeopardy tags

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An Alabama nursing home that did not properly handle a resident with pressure sores on her feet is on the hook for Immediate Jeopardy fines of nearly $135,000, a federal appeals court recently affirmed.

The McKnight's Online Expo is now underway

The McKnight's Online Expo is now underway

The seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo begins today. The event kicks off with five CE-approved webcasts today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday). Webcast topics include finding capital, wound care, handling Immediate Jeopardy issues, MDS 3.0 and the use of computer avatars in the long-term care setting.

ONE DAY TO GO: 'Prime' reasons to gear up for the Online Expo

ONE DAY TO GO: 'Prime' reasons to gear up for the Online Expo

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The best "prime" opportunity for long-term care professionals to learn the latest information about many of the top issues in long-term care is at hand. Prime? Two days. Five free webcasts. Seven years running for the annual McKnight's Online Expo. Appropriately, there are a lot of prime numbers associated with this year's event, which already has shattered all previous registration record.

Conference benefits without the hassle: McKnight's Online Expo kicks off Wednesday

Conference benefits without the hassle: McKnight's Online Expo kicks off Wednesday

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No travel is required to take part in the seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo, which starts Wednesday. Simply register for free online and join the expo from the comfort of your own computer.

Six days to go: McKnight's Online Expo returns

Six days to go: McKnight's Online Expo returns

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Each week brings more examples of nursing homes fined for Immediate Jeopardy citations. The latest high-profile cases have involved pressure sore care and a resident engaging in inappropriate touching, showing how broadly providers have to look to create effective policies around Immediate Jeopardy.

Inappropriate touching led to reasonable Immediate Jeopardy citation, court finds

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A federal appeals court recently upheld Immediate Jeopardy penalties against a North Carolina skilled nursing facility that it agreed did not respond adequately to a resident's inappropriate touching of other residents and staff.

Court upholds Immediate Jeopardy citations for nursing home in AL pressure sore case

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An Alabama nursing home that did not properly handle a resident with pressure sores on her feet is on the hook for Immediate Jeopardy fines of nearly $135,000, a federal appeals court recently affirmed.

McKnight's Online Expo returns

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An immediate jeopardy citation can throw a long-term care facility into a crisis, but providers can use the government's guidelines as a quality assessment tool. That's the topic of one of the presentations at the seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo. Additional sessions will give an update on the Minimum Data Set, offer insight into relational agents in a healthcare setting, target wound care research and describe the current outlook for obtaining capital.

A new way to save face

A new way to save face

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When is face-to-face contact with a resident not such a good idea? When an avatar can do better. That's just one lesson researchers like Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D., are proving. Bickmore is an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University.

Exhibit hall, CE options highlight McKnight's Online Expo

The seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo will kick off with five CE-approved webcasts on March 20 and 21. Expo participants can also take advantage of the online exhibition hall to connect with vendors and get insight into the latest products.

Resident or inmate, or both?

Resident or inmate, or both?

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Is it a nursing home ... or a prison? That sounds like a shady lawyer trolling for clients, but it's an urgent question for the residents of Rocky Hill, CT. And it may be a pressing question for communities across the country in the near future.

Inmates cause 'jeopardy' tag

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An Oklahoma provider is appealing after it was slapped with Immediate Jeopardy citations and $168,000 in fines for housing inmates injured in a prison riot.

SNF that kept prison inmates constituted 'immediate jeopardy' for residents, state says

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An Oklahoma nursing home was slapped with $168,000 in fines after taking in jailed inmates following a prison riot.

New proposed rule would reduce some nursing home penalties by 50%

A newly proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would, in some cases, reduce civil monetary penalties (CMP) issued against nursing homes by as much as 50%.

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