July 01, 2013 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: July 01, 2013

Attorney John Durso, Ungaretti & Harris LLP

Ask the legal expert … about email privacy

Are emails between nursing staff and supervisors commenting on a resident’s status — such as cautions about keeping an eye on a resident who ultimately falls into a bad condition (pressure ulcer, etc.) — considered protected “work product” that can’t be used in legal-case research?

Rosalyn Jordan, RN, BSN, MSc, CWOCN, WCC

Ask the treatment expert … about negative pressure wound therapy

Q: What are your thoughts on accelerating wound healing in chronic wounds with adjunctive therapies?
A: With chronic wounds, the healing process is slowed or in some cases, completely stalled. Therefore, the healing time exceeds four weeks. Some examples of chronic wounds include pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers and ulcers related to inflammatory diseases.

Management companies spared in suit

Nursing home management agreements may run afoul of federal law, but it’s hard to argue that having a third-party manager hurts resident care. This was the message from Judge Jon S. Tigar, who recently dismissed a suit against a management company.

Treatment Update

Covalon Technologies announced ColActivePlus and ColActive Plus Ag have been assigned Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes for Medicare billing. Professionals who use HCPCS codes for DME billing will continue to be reimbursed, said Brian Pedlar, the firm’s CEO.

Striking workers cheered a judge's ruling, which the NLRB says has not been honored.

State News

Connecticut — The National Labor Relations Board has sued HealthBridge Management for contempt of court, marking the latest development in a long-running dispute.

Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA, executive director, NADONA

Ask the care expert … about unused medications

I am getting mixed information from experienced staff members as to what has been passed along by our pharmacy company about discharging patients with their controlled and scheduled medications. No one can give me a definite answer whether this is legal or not. Can you help?

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