Although volunteers are an incredible asset to senior care organizations, there are risks associated with having them onsite.
A Pennsylvania jury has found a nursing home at fault for the death of an 85-year-old resident who fell from a wheelchair and broke his neck. The jury decided the provider should pay the deceased's family $250,000.
You never know when freak storms or unexpected fires might strike. But you can be sure that if and when one does, angry people will line up to demand that you be held more accountable.
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 courtSeptember 14, 2017
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.
It turns out Linda Shell's hero had modern medicine right all along, even if her last utterance was well over 100 years ago.
As Momma used to say, not everyone who wears respectable clothes is respectable.
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.
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.
If a recent survey of about 800 corporate attorneys is to be believed, there's no shortage of things to lose sleep over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.