With some of the violent outsider crimes committed at nursing homes lately, what should we do to legally protect ourselves?
When a resident of a skilled nursing facility has an acute event after hours or on weekends, the on-site nurse will generally call the patient's primary care physician. Over the telephone, the nurse will attempt to describe the resident's condition to his or her physician. Then the physician, in the middle of his Saturday at the zoo with his family, or at 3 a.m. (still trying to wake up), has to make a judgment call about whether the resident needs to go to the hospital.
By negotiating now, a nursing home can have a strong voice in an Accountable Care Organization. Otherwise, ACOs will come to nursing homes in two or three years with a "take it or leave it" proposition, according to John Durso, a partner at the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP and a McKnight's Expert columnist.
DAY ONE: McKnight's 5th Annual Online Expo kicks off today with technology, wound care and capital webinarsMarch 23, 2011
Today marks the beginning of the 5th Annual McKnight's Online Expo, the largest online trade show for the long-term care community. Free registration is still available online at www.mcknights.com/expo2011