November 2019 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: November 2019

Court blocks effort to put an RN on every surveyor team

Thirty-one nursing homes that want a registered nurse to be on all survey teams had their case against the government dismissed recently, with a federal judge ruling they must exhaust administrative appeals under the Medicare Act first. The New York and Rhode Island facilities challenged the removal of a previous requirement that survey teams include…

Accused HUD schemer settles for $146M

A rabbi at the center of a $146 million nursing home mortgage default agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit accusing him of operating a scheme that targeted Chicago’s Orthodox Jewish community. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint Sept. 19, alleging Rabbi Zvi Feiner, his company, FNR Healthcare, and former executive Erez Baver…

Ask the legal expert: How much harassment is too much, so that we could or should discipline an employee in a position of power?

How much harassment is too much, so that we could or should discipline an employee in a position of power? There are federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination against protected categories, such as race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, workers who want to form a union, and persons convicted of a crime.…

IT officers with data breach experience are favored hires

Larger healthcare organizations prefer recruiting a chief information security officer (CISO) with experience in managing a data breach, according to a new report from security vendor Optiv.  The report highlights the growing awareness among healthcare administrators of the importance of cybersecurity, and the fact that these vulnerabilities persist. In the first half of 2019 alone,…

November IT Update

» The US Food and Drug Administration approved Abbott Laboratories’ Proclaim XR neurostimulation system for chronic pain patients. The device is surgically placed under a patient’s skin and sends a mild electric current to the spinal cord, interfering with pain signals being sent to the brain. The device has a battery life of up to…

Workplace violence proposal could cost providers billions

Private nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare providers could be facing a cumulative annual tab of $1.3 billion if a proposed federal bill aimed at protecting workers from violence becomes law. That hefty price tag would be the cost of compliance — after an estimated $2.7 billion outlay to comply the first two years, the…

GAO: align quality better

A federal watchdog wants the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to get better at ensuring its quality measures actually match its strategic objectives aimed at improving care quality and reducing “unnecessary” burdens for providers.  The recommendation was made in a new report by the Government Accountability Office that reviewed how the agency develops and…

November Business Briefs

» Berkadia’s Seniors Housing & Healthcare Group closed a $76.8 million financing deal for the acquisition of nine skilled nursing facilities. The buildings have a total of 1,167 beds and average occupancy rate of 85.8%. The facilities are in Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia. The buyer is a Tennessee-based owner and operator of skilled…

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