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Drew Graham
Atlanta
Attorney for Aging Services Providers
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By: Don Benson dbenson@hbss.net In Virginia Mason Hospital, 357 NLRB No. 53, the National Labor Relations Board recently found that a Seattle hospital violated its duty to bargain under the National Labor Relations Act when it implemented a communicable disease policy that required nurses who refused to be immunized against... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Aging Services Update
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Apr 25, 2011
As mandated by PPACA, CMS has issued strict new rules governing how a nursing home can be closed. Full document here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Aging Services Update
The next Skilled Nursing Facility(SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 2pm-3pmET. Details here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Aging Services Update
CMS has proposed a number of changes to its Nursing Home Compare website – http://www.medicare.gov. CMS continues to evaluate its website systematically, and it specifically requests comments from interested parties about these and future changes. Changes will be implemented on April 23, 2011 and July 21, 2011. The April changes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Aging Services Update
"I don't want to die, but in this situation, perhaps it would be better if I did." Hisaho Koseki, age 82 The March 11 Sendai earthquake in Japan, and its subsequent tsunami, have had a disproportionate impact on a particularly vulnerable segment of the population: the elderly. Over the past... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at Aging Services Update
On February 24, 2011, HHS's Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") imposed a $4.3 million civil money penalty on Cignet Health of Prince George's County, MD for violations of the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). This penalty is noteworthy both because of the size of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Aging Services Update
On February 2, 2011, CMS proposed a new regulation that would require health care providers, including long term care facilities, to notify residents who receive Medicare benefits about their right to contact a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization ("QIO") if they have concerns about the quality of care that they receive.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Aging Services Update
ABC World News (2/17, story 5, 1:55, Sawyer) reported that "it was quite a scene today as more than 100 people across the country, many of them doctors, are under arrest tonight, charged in the biggest Medicare fraud case in history." US Attorney General Eric Holder was showing saying, "It's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Aging Services Update
From CMS: The next Skilled Nursing Facility(SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 2pm-3pmET. If you wish to participate dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 39103700. This call will be Conference Call Only. Please see the Downloads section below for the full participation announcement.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Aging Services Update
Unnecessary end-stage dementia treatments increase Medicare costs, researchers say here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2011 at Aging Services Update
Here are the stories used in our recent presentation on long term care and the media: 01 LTC Program in ACA 02 Living with Dementia 03 Obamacare's Death Panels 04 Antipsychotics and Dementia FDA 05 Astrazeneca Settlement 06 Young in SNFs 07 A Decade of Alzheimers 08 The Bus Stop Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Aging Services Update
Atypical Antipsychotics Investigative Report - Consumer Reports Health. While I like Consumer Reports, I've always thought of them more when buying a used car or a toaster. I have never assumed that they were experts in health policy - but like the other work they do, they seemed to have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at Aging Services Update
It is a great listen so far. It raises serious questions about what we ask our nursing home providers to do. http://www.npr.org/series/131105200/home-or-nursing-home Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at Aging Services Update
SNF Open Door Forum Today at 2PM EST. Details at http://www.cms.gov/OpenDoorForums/25_ODF_SNFLTC.asp Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Aging Services Update
Great interview of Harvard Professor on new study on Tort Reform. http://www.c-span.org/flvPop.aspx?src=15days/wj091310_mello.flv&msg=You+are+watching+the+C-SPAN+Networks+LIVE&start=286.615&end=-1 Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Aging Services Update
The number of nursing home patients with physical restraints has fallen by more than fifty percent over the past eight years. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, approximately 11% of all nursing home patients had restraints in 1999. By 2002, that number had fallen to below 10%.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at Aging Services Update
The HITECH Act (the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) requires the Department of Health and Human Services to notify the public about breaches of unsecured protected health information when those breaches affect five hundred or more people. Breaches are reported on the Internet in a dynamic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at Aging Services Update
There has been renewed activity in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act (H.R. 1237) and the Arbitration Fairness Act (H.R. 1020), according to Future of Aging—a blog from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). If passed, both bills... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Aging Services Update
OIG Advisory Opinion 10-05 On May 19, 2010, the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 10-05, addressing a proposed rewards program for referrals of prospective residents to the Requestor's continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) by current residents and employees (Proposed Arrangement).... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Aging Services Update
http://www.mcknights.com/massive-home-health-hospice-acquisition-to-shake-up-aging-services-field-analysts-say/article/171517/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Aging Services Update