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Shorts On Long Term Care March 2017 - News for the NC LTC Community

Thursdays with Mama - Life has a rhythm, a symmetry, a meter, a metric. It’s rarely smooth or perfect. It’s knots and knuckles, bumps and bruises. It’s rough and tumble. It sings its own song in its own...more

Thursdays with Mama - Shorts On Long Term Care March 2017

Life has a rhythm, a symmetry, a meter, a metric. It’s rarely smooth or perfect. It’s knots and knuckles, bumps and bruises. It’s rough and tumble. It sings its own song in its own time....more

3/6/2017  /  Long-Term Care

Shorts On Long Term Care July 2016 - News for the NC LTC Community

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse for skilled nursing facility providers in terms of civil money penalties and other survey sanctions, it did. All of a sudden, we’ve noticed in our practice a marked uptick...more

North Carolina General Assembly Enacts Major Reforms to Adult Care Home Deficiency and Penalty Laws

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed House Bill 667 which enacts major changes to the state’s adult care home (and mental health) survey deficiency and penalty laws. The legislation was signed by the Governor on...more

End Notes April 2016 - News for North Carolina’s Hospice and Palliative Care Community

Hospice Providers – Step Up to the “MIC” - After a period of relative calm on the audit front, many signs point to an increase in audit activity. According to the Program Integrity Section of the Division of Medical...more

It Could Happen to Anybody, and It Did - Office of Civil Rights Slams Provider For Employee’s HIPAA Violation

Have you ever decided to catch up on a little paperwork after hours or on a weekend, shoved a few resident medical or billing records into your briefcase or downloaded them onto your iPad or laptop? Sure you have. But you...more

2/24/2016  /  Civil Monetary Penalty , HIPAA , OCR , PHI

Adult Care Licensure Section of DHHS Reorganizes and Streamlines

The Adult Care Licensure Section of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, has been reorganized, according to remarks made by Section Chief, Megan Lamphere, at the October...more

1/14/2016  /  Administrative Boards

Winds of Change Blowing Across the Hospice Landscape

Recent Medicare developments indicate that end-of-life health care providers can expect to face continuing change in an already dynamic sector. These latest turns are part of an ongoing trend toward redefining hospice and...more

Hospice EndNotes - December 2015

Winds of Change Blowing Across the Hospice Landscape - Recent Medicare developments indicate that end-of-life health care providers can expect to face continuing change in an already dynamic sector. These latest turns...more

Corridors September 2015 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

This article will provide an outline of some of the most significant points for hospitals to use when confronted with a formal government investigation under the Criminal or Civil False Claims Act. As noted below, you should...more

The Health Law Guide to Hospital Operations

This operations guide provides a brief look at health law issues hospitals deal with on a daily basis. While a detailed coverage of the elements, drafting, implementation and continued governance of a hospital compliance...more

Toss or Keep Document Retention in a Hospital Setting

Deciding how long to hold on to specific records in your hospital can be a challenging task, especially when the facility deals with so many different types of records. You may be tempted to hold on to everything indefinitely...more

Corridors Spring 2015 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

In This Issue: - Nonprofit Hospitals Face Additional Regulatory Burdens in Financial Assistance and Debt Collection - Placing Medicare Beneficiaries Into "Observation Status" - Recent Second Circuit Decision...more

Shorts on Long Term Care - February 2015

In this issue: - Document Retention in a Long Term Care Facility - Medicare RAC Program Improvements Delayed Until 2016 - “Bring Your Own Device” To Work Programs - NLRB Upends Legality of Employer Email...more

End Notes Newsletter February 2015 - News for North Carolina’s Hospice and Palliative Care Community

In this issue: - Gear Up for Increased CMS Scrutiny of Hospice Services for Assisted Living Facility Residents - Happy New Year from the DC District Court - Companionship Exemption Lives On!! - DEA Rules On...more

Shorts on Long Term Care - Summer 2014

In this issue: - Nursing Facility Survey Trends: Directed Plans of Correction, Privacy Violations and FTag 520 Quality Assurance Committee Citations - COBRA Meets ACA – Time to Update COBRA Notices -...more

Nursing Facility Survey Trends - Directed Plans of Correction, Privacy Violations and FTag 520 Quality Assurance Committee...

Directed Plans of Correction, or DPOCs, have long been part of the arsenal of enforcement sanctions available to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for survey deficiencies, just like civil money penalties (CMPs);...more

New Online End-of-Life Planning Tool Now Available to NC Citizens and Health Care Providers

A new tool is now available for North Carolina citizens and health care providers that will help everyone understand end-of-life health care planning options and processes available under North Carolina law. The new website...more

CMS Issues New Surveyor Guidance on Initiating CPR in Nursing Homes and Facility CPR/DNR Policies

In a highly publicized recent case in California, a registered nurse working in an independent living facility refused to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an elderly resident who was experiencing respiratory...more

Shorts on Long Term Care - December 2013

In this issue - - New Online End-of-Life Planning Tool Now Available to NC Citizens and Health Care Providers - And the World Goes 'Round - What Is “Past Quality of Care” in a CON Review? - CMS Issues New...more

11/27/2013

Scripts - November 2013

In this issue: - New Wellness Program Rules for 2014 - Now That We Know The Basic Rules… Drafting Covenants Not To Compete To Maximize The Likelihood Of Enforcement - Excerpt from New Wellness Program...more

Scripts - July 2013

In this issue: - America’s Aging Health Care Workforce Presents Challenges - Using Covenants Not to Compete in the Health Care industry - Bring Your Own Device Programs and Health Care: Too Risky to...more

General Assembly Calls For Study On Increasing Assisted Living Communities In Rural Areas

In a legislative session that continues to leave many North Carolinians of all political persuasions “jaw-dropped,” a bill introduced in the NC House of Representatives, if passed, would require the Department of Health and...more

Updated OIG Exclusion Guidance Spells Out Recommended Employee Screening Procedures

On May 8, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an updated bulletin that spells out the frequency with which employers should check the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities and clarifies which...more

Shorts on Long Term Care - June 2013

In this issue: - What’s Up With Nursing Facility “Mandatory” Corporate Compliance Programs? - Updated OIG Exclusion Guidance Spells Out Recommended Employee Screening Procedures - General Assembly Calls...more

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