Judge dismisses 7 of 9 COVID vaccine-exemption complaints against provider
Jan 24, 2024
A US District Court judge dismissed seven out of the nine recent workplace discrimination complaints raised against a major skilled nursing provider by former employees.
Judge slashes punitive damages, throws out verdicts against two nursing home defendants in $19M case
Jan 05, 2024
Two corporate defendants in a nursing home negligence case that netted plaintiffs a $19 million verdict have been found not liable following post-ruling motions, while a judge reduced punitive damages...
Smart care, wise choices: Navigating AI integration in SNFs
Jan 04, 2024
The rapid progress of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to reshape various healthcare sectors, with high expectations that AI will deliver on the promise of unlocking patient data for personalized medicine. ...
Nursing homes guilty in criminal staffing, upcoding case; staff off the hook
Dec 19, 2023
In a rare case in which a nursing home business faced criminal charges over staffing misconduct, two Pennsylvania facilities owned by Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services were found guilty Monday...
Repealed law protecting nursing homes from COVID claims can’t be applied retroactively: court
Dec 04, 2023
A state appeals court has rejected arguments that nursing homes sued for negligence in COVID-related cases early in the pandemic could be forced to face trial after a later revocation of a legal shield.
Data and empathy: The unseen defenders of nursing homes
Nov 10, 2023
Back in September, I shared my insights in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News about the importance of being your own data defender. In that blog, I expressed a viewpoint that I believe strongly in: Every...
Making sense of two approaches to the skilled nursing quality assurance privilege
Mario C. Giannettino
Sep 01, 2023
Skilled nursing facilities are required by law to have quality assessment and assurance committees to maintain and improve safety and quality in their facilities. The documents created and used by the...
Rising focus on False Claims puts skilled nursing providers in crosshairs, attorneys warn
Jessica R. Towhey
Aug 09, 2023
Nursing homes looking to protect themselves from False Claim Act investigations should maintain at least a 3-star rating and ensure they don’t delay discharges to get extra reimbursement, a panel...
Now that COVID is waning, time to focus on the things you ignored
Neville M. Bilimoria
Jun 28, 2023
Now that the Public Health Emergency has ended, and COVID-19 is starting to become less of a burden in your facility, now might be a good time to focus on protecting your liability.
A word of warning: Beware of staffing ratio violations
Neville M. Bilimoria
Nov 21, 2022
We are all waiting to see the possibility of proposed rules over federal minimum staffing ratios in nursing homes. But with possible federal minimum staffing ratios looming, let’s make sure the government...