Liability

Here we go again: All nursing homes are bad

Here we go again: All nursing homes are bad

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There is no way to sugarcoat what happened last week in Hollywood Hills, FL. Eight skilled care residents died in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Our condolences go out to the victims and their families. But there is another troubling aspect to this that deserves attention. Namely, it's becoming clear that nursing home bashing is in vogue again.

Provider gives perfect response to Hurricane Harvey evacuation critics ... and then gets taken to court

Provider gives perfect response to Hurricane Harvey evacuation critics ... and then gets taken to court

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Late last week, I latched onto what I thought — and still think — is a great example of how a provider should respond to a bad public relations incident. We're talking standing up to critics in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The fifth vital sign

The fifth vital sign

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It turns out Linda Shell's hero had modern medicine right all along, even if her last utterance was well over 100 years ago.

Does your back have room for another target?

Does your back have room for another target?

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As Momma used to say, not everyone who wears respectable clothes is respectable.

This long-term care legal trend is liable to upset you

This long-term care legal trend is liable to upset you

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Liability costs are expected to rise 6% in 2017 for skilled nursing operators, according to a new report. But there's a more disturbing stat than that to be reckoned with.

LTC liability costs projected to increase 6% in 2017

LTC liability costs projected to increase 6% in 2017

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A skilled nursing center with 100 occupied beds can expect to pay around $235,000 in liability expenses next year, according to a new report.

Where's your next lawsuit coming from?

Where's your next lawsuit coming from?

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If a recent survey of about 800 corporate attorneys is to be believed, there's no shortage of things to lose sleep over.

Helping lawyers sue facilities? He's shocked, shocked you'd say that

Helping lawyers sue facilities? He's shocked, shocked you'd say that

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Whatever you do, don't call Brian Lee a shill for trial lawyers. The former head of Florida's long-term-care ombudsman program is simply trying to improve nursing homes. That's his story and he's sticking to it.

Falls can cost more than an arm and a leg

Falls can cost more than an arm and a leg

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Long-term care operators have many good reasons to keep resident falls to an absolute minimum. Yet it's amazing how blasé we've become about the damage that falls inflict.

Liability costs will climb 5%

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Long-term care operators can expect a 5% increase in liability costs in 2014, according to a new analysis from Aon Global Risk Consulting and the American Health Care Association.

Liability costs climb for long-term care, analysis finds

Liability costs climb for long-term care, analysis finds

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A nursing home operator with 100 beds can expect $194,000 in liability expenses in 2014, according to a new analysis from the American Health Care Association and Aon Global Risk Consulting.

When keeping thousands costs millions

When keeping thousands costs millions

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As any retailer will tell you, advising customers to shop elsewhere is never easy. Yet that is exactly what too many senior living operators should be doing - but won't.

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

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

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Our facility has been doing more screening for new employees to protect our residents and current staff. We were thinking about checking potential employees to be sure they are not on a sex offender website. Do other facilities check or prescreen their staff this way?

Supervisor decision might torment many nursing home operators

Supervisor decision might torment many nursing home operators

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The Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments on the unpleasant subject of workplace harassment. At issue is whether an employer is responsible when the bully is not strictly a boss. The court's ruling will be closely watched by nursing homes, where the line between bosses and subordinates often can be blurry. A decision that creates new liabilities could unleash a menagerie of workplace flowchart headaches.

Long-term care providers: plenty of reasons to look over the shoulder

Long-term care providers: plenty of reasons to look over the shoulder

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As if sobering news weren't in deep enough supply for long-term care providers, we've been reminded again why the threat of getting sued usually lingers in the back of the mind.

Liability costs rising 4% annually for long-term care

Liability costs rising 4% annually for long-term care

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A new study shows that long-term care claim severity and loss rates have grown 4% each year since 2009, and the liability costs per bed is expected to be $1,540 by next year.

CMS 'overpayment' rule may come at a greater cost

CMS 'overpayment' rule may come at a greater cost

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a proposed rule addressing how it will implement the 60-day deadline for returning overpayments made to federal health programs. If fully adopted, the rule would significantly expand the liability of healthcare providers and suppliers under the federal False Claims Act.

In limbo with underwhelming pay proposal

In limbo with underwhelming pay proposal

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First, it was the U.S. Supreme Court's turn to leave providers in suspense. Now, it's a group of decision-makers without robes who have operators holding their breath.

Fear of lawsuits spurs more costly care, survey, experts find

Fear of lawsuits spurs more costly care, survey, experts find

One of the major factors for rising healthcare costs is that providers are, by their own admission, offering their patients too much care, according to a recent survey.

Nursing home officers, board members see claims reinstated against them for bankrupt facility

Nursing home officers, board members see claims reinstated against them for bankrupt facility

A group of Pittsburgh nursing home operators' lack of oversight for their now-defunct nonprofit facility may leave them liable in the eyes of the law, according to the ruling of a federal appeals court last week.

Nursing homes can't use arbitration to deflect lawsuits, court says

Nursing homes cannot use arbitration agreements to combat lawsuits related to residents' care, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The court decided, in the unanimous decision, that "disputes should be decided by juries of lay citizens rather than paid, professional fact finders who may be more interested in their fees than the disputes at hand," according to published reports.

LTC liability costs are up, frequency is down, study shows

Long-term care liability costs are on the rise due to a 4% annual increase in the average claim size, according to a new study conducted by Aon Corp. and the American Health Care Association.

Benefits of an automated human resources tool the focus of McKnight's free webcast

Benefits of an automated human resources tool the focus of McKnight's free webcast

Human resources functions can be some of the most challenging areas to administer in a long-term care facility, but some operators have found a high-quality solution. An automated HRMS solution is their mantra — one they learned from real-life experience. A special, free McKnight's webinar will discuss human resources challenges in long-term care at 1 p.m. Eastern on May 25.