July 01, 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: July 01, 2018

State News for July 2018

Kansas Now every state has devised a plan for Alzheimer’s Kansas became the 50th state to start establishing a plan to address the effects of Alzheimer’s on the more than 53,000 residents who have the disease, as well as the more than 151,000 who provide care and services for them, thanks to an executive order…

Ask the Legal Expert about … nonprofit status

How can we make sure we keep our nonprofit status intact? What are the most common transgressions (inadvertent or not) which lead to loss of section 501(c) 3 tax exemption status? As you know, there are many benefits from maintaining tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 status. When the IRS receives an application for exemption, it grants…

Avoiding injuries

Operators are using new techniques and tools to preserve skin integrity, but there’s still no substitute for training, assessments and dedicated staff

SNF wins appeal and has its $1 million fine cut by 97.4%

An administrative law judge slashed a $1 million fine against Philadelphia’s Springs at the Watermark by $974,000 in June, declaring that the nursing home took appropriate preventive measures within three days of a patient’s escape. News of the successful appeal came just days after an update of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Nursing…

$7.5M award after employee must testify

A Pennsylvania jury awarded $7.5 million in May to the family of a dementia patient who was sexually assaulted by a fellow resident of her nursing home. After a two-week trial, a Lancaster County jury declared Maple Farm Nursing Center in Akron, PA, and its parent company 85% liable for the 2013 sexual assault. The…

60 Seconds With … Andrei Gonzales, M.D. Change Healthcare’s director of value-based pay initiatives

Andrei Gonzales, M.D. Change Healthcare’s director of value-based pay initiatives Q: How are SNFs pursuing value? A: Skilled nursing facilities that engage with physicians and acute-care hospitals are going to be more successful. Instead of just looking at what happens for that patient in skilled nursing, also understand where patients are coming from, where they’re …

Ask the Care Expert about … restorative programs

Why do most restorative programs include only breakfast and lunch in a nursing home program? And should nurses/dining assistants keep a log for each resident? Most of the time the dining program is done only at breakfast and noon due to restorative staffing and lighter nursing staff on evenings. A well-run program would be ideally…

How to do it … Mitigating worker injuries

Few things can cause a bigger setback in any long-term care facility than a workplace injury. Imbuing a safety mindset with each employee and constantly reinforcing safe practices can go far toward preventing them. Experts weigh in here with best practices and tips.

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