October 2019 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: October 2019

How to do it … Incontinence improvements

1. Successfully improving bladder function begins with the recognition that hope for improving is often realistic. “Bladder function can be improved, especially with those who are recently incontinent or those who had a catheter removed recently,” says Pam Brooks, OTR/L, a clinical occupational therapy specialist for Centrex Rehab.  Recalling the most common reversible causes of…

Chance of a senior developing Alzheimer's has dropped 44% over the last 30 years

Providers consider bariatric briefs for growing population

As the bariatric population in long-term care continues to grow, companies are making sure providers know about new incontinence options. Cutting Edge Healthcare, a Los Angeles-based shared services management platform, announced in August it had launched a new company, Dignex LLC, that would sell a redesigned bariatric product in sizes 2XL, 3XL and 4XL. “[M]arket…

Referral platforms update tech solutions

Providers are trying to manage referrals better via technology. Cantex Continuing Care Network and Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries announced last month that, along with Netsmart, they were launching the Netsmart Referral Manager. It allows better processed referrals, which will increase efficiency, the providers said.  An automated solution eliminates phone calls, faxes and manual data entry.…

October Company Briefs

»CareWorx Fully Managed announced a partnership with Cliniconex, which offers a family engagement solution designed to return time to care through workflow automation. The goal is to make the Ottawa-based Cliniconex products more available in skilled nursing facilities across North America. »Remedi SeniorCare has opened a new PAXIT® pharmacy in Houston. The Texas city is…

Nebraska Supreme Court rules for plaintiff in nursing home arbitration case

SNFs suing to block federal limits on arbitration language

Two Arkansas skilled nursing facilities asked a federal court in September to declare a rule that prohibits long-term care facilities from requiring residents to sign a binding arbitration agreement as a requirement for being admitted or to continue receiving care as unlawful.  The lawsuit was filed against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and…

Survey citations OK’d in death lawsuits

The Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled in August that investigation records and survey citations are admissible in medical malpractice and wrongful death investigations.  A Louisiana peer review law permitting juries to hear about regulatory agency surveys, deficiency statements and investigatory records in cases against healthcare providers trumped a rule excluding such evidence when the investigation…

Ask the legal expert: How can we make sure certain staff aren’t getting overzealous in a quest to keep census high?

We have been accused of admitting residents who do not really need skilled care. As a non-clinician in charge of making sure we are not defrauding the government, how can I/we make sure certain staff are not getting overzealous in a quest to keep census high? Your question raises serious concerns and potential liabilities for…

‘Public Charge’ rule fought

WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 20 states, along with the District of Columbia, filed lawsuits challenging the federal government’s Public Charge rule.  Officials recently published an amended Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final rule, which targets poor, legal immigrants trying to become permanent U.S. citizens.  It would allow the government to base green card decisions on…

Many SNFs understaffed

NEW YORK — A recent investigation found that nearly 75% of New York’s skilled nursing facilities have been rated as “below average” or “much below average” for their staffing by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Using CMS data, the investigation also revealed that on average, most of the city’s understaffed nursing homes have…

Arbitration deal reached

ARKANSAS — Two Arkansas nursing homes and the federal government reached a deal to delay a rule that prohibits long-term care facilities from requiring residents to sign a binding arbitration agreement as a requirement for receiving care.  The Department of Health and Human Services, which houses the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, agreed to…

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