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

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CNAs far more prone to injury

Certified nursing assistants have one of the highest reported rates of injury across the country and particularly in Ohio, according to a review of injury data and first-person stories reported in April by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Nursing assistants are injured three times more often than the average worker, researchers and government statistics show. In…

John Durso, Esq. Nixon Peabody LLP

Ask the Legal Expert about … liability for subcontractors

One of our subcontractors did not follow our falls protocol. The person directed our staff to “let her rest and she will be OK.” The resident was severely injured and her condition was made worse by the delay of treatment and bad medication advice. We received a large fine. Can we seek restitution from the…

Digital wound care market heating up

The market for digitally measuring and treating wounds is heating up, with a recent cash infusion. Toronto-based Swift Medical has announced that it earned some $11.6 million in funding from a group of venture capitalists in Palo Alto, CA, and Montreal. The smartphone-based care aid — which helps clinicians measure wounds, without touching the resident or…

Gregg Harper (R-MS)

Lawmakers demand answers, imply oversight is inadequate

Legislators’ request for sweeping information about federal regulators’ oversight of nursing homes is part of a House Energy and Commerce Committee official inquiry. A letter from four U.S. Representatives pointedly asks CMS for any information on Jack Michel, who leads the company that owns the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, in Florida, and has had…

Judge: Arbitration pacts that are signed must be honored

The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts has ruled that wrongful death plaintiffs must take their claims against nursing homes to arbitration, regardless of whether they or their deceased relatives were the ones to sign the arbitration agreement. While acknowledging a split among state courts with respect to this issue, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P.…

Medicaid blamed as closings escalate

Inadequate Medicaid payments appear to be taking a major toll in Wisconsin. Two more facilities announced at press time they are closing. Executives in other states are keeping a close eye on developments. John Vander Meer, executive director of the Wisconsin Health Care Association, said the closures reflect a troubling trend. “In the last year,…

6 firms pay $6M in whistleblower case

Six Maryland companies – four skilled nursing facilities and two financial consultants – have reached an agreement over a fraudulent billing claim from the U.S. Department of Justice, with the overall settlement totaling $6 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore announced the resolution in March, which stemmed from a civil lawsuit  led under the…

Dan Ciolek, Associate VP, Therapy Advocacy AHCA

Dan Ciolek, A pitch perfect career

Sports have played a key role throughout the formative years of Dan Ciolek’s life. It was a series of injuries, sustained while wrestling and playing other sports, that helped propel him toward a career in physical therapy some 30 years ago. Fast forward to today and one of his greatest passions is following the Philadelphia…

Governor Jim Justice (R)

State News for May 2018

WEST VIRGINIA Governor vetoes bill widening CNAs’ medication role West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has vetoed a bill that would have allowed certified nursing assistants with special training to distribute medicine to nursing home residents. Proponents said the legislation mirrored laws in other states, while critics argued it allowed less qualified people to distribute…

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