July 2019 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: July 2019

Law would levy fines over staff shortages

Nursing home staff and administrators are cheering the Illinois governor’s signing of a bill that will penalize providers who understaff their facilities. State lawmakers passed legislation last month that fines nursing homes that don’t meet the state’s required 2.5 hour daily direct-care level. The push for fines was prompted in part by a 2018 investigation…

SNFs, therapists to pay $9.7 million due to billing dispute

Four skilled nursing facilities and a physical therapy center in the Chicago area have agreed to pay $9.7 million to resolve allegations of False Claims Act violations. Quality Therapy & Consultation worked with the SNFs to increase Medicare reimbursements related to RUG scores, according to a civil whistleblower lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court…

John Durso

Ask The Legal Expert, Attorney John Durso

A recent resident admission has become a “bully.” This is confirmed by residents and staff. How can we legally stop her bullying behavior?  You can take legal steps to protect all your residents, who have the right to enjoy peaceful living. Your standard resident contract and your resident handbook can and should impose rules on…

Avera attempts to intervene

SOUTH DAKOTA — Avera became the second entity attempting to intervene in the operations transfer of 17 South Dakota nursing facilities in receivership, according to local reports. Former manager Skyline Health Care has been in financial trouble since last year. Black Hills Receiver, formed by GoldenLiving, asked for the 17 facilities to be transferred to…

Budget has ‘survival’ funds

ILLINOIS — Funding for nursing homes will increase by $240 million in the next fiscal year under the state’s new budget. Of that, $70 million goes to help nursing homes meet minimum staffing requirements. The rest will be part of the reimbursement formula related to food, utilities, maintenance and more. “This money means survival,” said Pat…

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