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Alliance July Legal Update and News Report

  • By:
  • Carl Swan
  • |
  • Jul. 20th, 2015

Please enjoy this July edition of the Alliance Legal Update and News Report focused on issues and solutions affecting our Senior Living Industry.

In addition to relevant and timely Industry News and Industry Expert Articles, this month we include a new White Paper from our General Counsel David Thurber sharing his thoughts and insights around how a community can best admit and then care for aggressive residents. Based upon his experience with clients across the country, this is a must read for those teams wanting to stay on top of this important issue.

With the busy fall conference season nearly upon us, travel planning is in high gear and we hope to see you at one of these upcoming conferences or events:

Idaho HC Conference - Boise, ID - July 20-23
Nevada HC Conference - Lake Tahoe, NV - Aug. 9-11
Arizona HC Conference - Aug. 18-20
Oregon HC Conference - Portland, OR Sept. 14-15
Washington HC Conference - Pasco, WA Sept. 16-18
Texas HC Conference - Dallas, TX Sept. 21-24
Utah HC Conference - Sandy, UT - Sept. 22-25
NIC - Washington, DC - Sept. 29- Oct. 2
AHCA / NCAL - San Antonio, TX - Oct. 4-7
CAHF - Palm Springs, CA - Nov. 15-18

And finally, I want to thank those of you who continue to put your trust in us to represent you and the communities and residents you serve. Your partnership helps our team to gain valuable insights as we continue to grow in our knowledge of different venues across the country. We appreciate the opportunity to serve and look forward to a bright future ahead.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me or my team for any help or support.

 


 

Alliance Risk Reports   The Aggressive Resident: A Growing Phenomena
Alliance Insurance Group
J. David Thurber We have seen a growing number of aggressive resident and actual violence incidents this year, resulting in serious injury, deaths and expensive lawsuits. If your team has not experienced this, chances are you will be faced with this soon. In this white paper, Alliance General Counsel David Thurber details a community’s possible course of action when faced with this type of resident and gives very sound and practical advice that every senior living community should consider.
Industry Experts Respond   Lessons from Nursing Home Citations and Litigation
GO Insurance
Marvette Lowrie-Morris, RN, MS, LNHA, CLNC As I travel the country, I cannot help but notice the large billboards beckoning anyone with an elderly loved one in a nursing home to beware of mistreatment, abuse and neglect by caregivers. Do not wait for the regulatory agencies to come in and identify problems in your facility. Instead, make quality resident care a priority and get your entire staff involved in the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) process.
Dont Blame the Adjusters: You Have Control.
RWH Meyers
Jeff Esper When you are faced with an insurance claim, having the right perspective, a little understanding and being prepared will make a huge difference. Incorporating these steps will improve your claim outcomes and will help make the most out of any claim situation.
News   California Amends State-wide Paid Sick Time Law
Lexology
Baker & McKenzie On July 13, 2015, Governor Brown signed urgency legislation amending California's paid sick leave law, which goes into effect immediately. The amendments (AB 304) are surprising to some, as California's paid sick leave law -- the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014 ("HWHFA") -- just went into effect two weeks ago on July 1st. The amendments are intended to fix many of the holes, uncertainties, and obstacles to implementation contained in the original HWHFA legislation
CMS proposes massive regulation revision for LTC
McKnight's
Emily Mongan Individualized meal plans, antipsychotic use and staff training are among the hundreds of proposed changes to regulations recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which officials said they hope will “modernize” the long-term care industry.
OSHA cracks down on Healthcare Employers
Modern Healthcare
Adam Rubenfire The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it would crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't protected by formal rules. These include potential hazards related to musculoskeletal disorders caused by patient handling, in addition to dangers from blood-borne pathogens, workplace violence, tuberculosis, and slips, trips and falls. This would allow the agency to penalize employers for failing to implement industry-recognized safeguards for which there are no official standards or rules.
Determining Medication Self-Administration
GO Insurance
The philosophy of Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) is one of individualizing and maximizing consumer independence, choice, privacy and dignity, all while minimizing risk. Every state varies in its definitions and regulations concerning medication administration. It is extremely important for providers to know and follow the medication administration expectations within their state.
Facilities misleading public about dementia care services, review claims
McKnight's
Holly Petrovich Nearly 60% of Massachusetts nursing homes that say they can handle residents with dementia are misleading the public about the extent of their services, according to a review by the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Your HR Toolbox   Employee Recognition Programs Tied to Organizational Goals More Likely to be Rated Highly
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Eighty percent of organizations responding to a new Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey said they recognize their employees through formal programs, and those that tied programs to their organization’s values were more likely to report a positive impact on employees.