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Arbitration of Nursing Home Suits: Take Two

Quasi Tort Reform in Nursing Home Litigation Is on the Way! Last fall, I posted a blog about the national trend of including arbitration provisions in nursing home admission agreements. This trend peaked following the...more

Ky. Ruling Casts Doubt on Health Care Arbitration Agreements

Health care institutions in Kentucky may want to take a fresh look at their patient arbitration provisions, in light of a September 24 decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Out-of-state institutions may want to take a...more

Health Care Arbitration Agreements: Five Ways to Improve Enforceability

Common law judicial doctrines in almost every state discourage and restrict arbitration agreements covering personal injury or death claims. This is particularly true regarding admission contracts to nursing homes or...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Compares Giving Up Jury Trial To Giving Up Parental Rights; Refuses To Enforce Arbitration

Nursing home arbitration agreements are among the most unpopular arbitration agreements around.  Last week, Kentucky’s Supreme Court issued a lengthy, but fractured, opinion, finding three arbitration agreements were never...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Significantly Modifying the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the Medicare and...

On July 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation for long term care (“LTC”) facilities...more

Alabama CON Report

I. SHPDA Administrative Report - AL2015-022, Gulf Health Hospitals, d/b/a Thomas Hospital, Daphne, AL: Proposes to establish a freestanding emergency department (FED). The project was approved with stipulation of...more

NLRB’s Joint Employer Ruling Threatens to Reorder Employment Relations in the Health Care Industry

More than many other industries, the American health care system has a highly fragmented set of interlocking business relationships. Services are provided in an integrated network by a host of service providers who operate...more

OSHA Sets Sights on Health Care Facilities & Transgender Restrooms

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was busy this past summer, announcing a host of new enforcement priorities.  Here we recap two: (1) combatting employee illness and injury at inpatient-care facilities;...more

Potential Changes to Long-Term Care Licensure in Massachusetts

Regulations proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (“DPH”) may significantly change the procedure for state approval of nursing home sales and closures. Following public scrutiny around state inspection...more

Obama Signs Law Requiring Hospitals to Warn of Costly Medicare Loophole

President Obama has signed a new law intended to prevent Medicare beneficiaries from spending days in a hospital only to find that they hadn’t been admitted to the hospital at all – they were only under “observation.” This is...more

Mississippi CON Report

July 2015 – Mississippi Certificate of Need Meeting - During the July 30, 2015, Certificate of Need meeting, Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer, concurred with the health and planning staff analysis and approved the...more

Massachusetts Proposes New Rules for Nursing Home Sales and Closures

Massachusetts regulators recently announced new rules that, if adopted, will change the requirements for nursing home sales and closures in the state. The proposed new rules require nursing home owners intending to sell a...more

OSHA Broadens Scope of Inspections in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

On June 25, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a memorandum, entitled "Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings," establishing new guidance for OSHA staff for inspections...more

Florida Nursing Home Pays Record Settlement to Resolve Federal Anti-Kickback Case

In a recent case Hebrew Homes Health Network, Inc. and its former president and executive Director agreed to pay $17 million to settle allegations that Hebrew Homes violated the federal anti-kickback statute. According to the...more

Can You Videotape Someone Else’s Conversation?

Careful about protecting the safety of his customers, A.R. Remington, owner of Fishinabarrel Gun Range, installed surveillance cameras to blanket his premises, except the restrooms. Last week while target practicing with his...more

Connecticut Enacts Health Care Legislation in June Special Session

On June 29 and 30, 2015, the Connecticut General Assembly conducted a special legislative session following the close of the 2015 regular session. Among other things, the General Assembly passed a bill to implement the state...more

Supervisor Told Employee Patient Abuse 'Comes with the Territory'

An employee responsible for drawing blood from nursing home patients was racially and sexually harassed by one of the patients. When she complained, her supervisor told her that “it comes with the territory” and “you just...more

Drug Pumps Are Vulnerable to Hacking, FDA Warns

Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement warning that certain drug infusion pumps that administer medication to patients are vulnerable to being hacked. The statement focused on the Symbiq...more

CMS Publishes Final FY 2016 Update to SNF PPS Rates, Policies

On August 4, 2015, CMS published its final rule updating Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) PPS rates and policies for FY 2016. CMS projects that the final rule will increase overall payments to SNFs by $430 million, or...more

Officer/Director Breach of Duty: If Things Get Bad Enough, There May Be Recourse

Official Comm. of Unsecured Creditors v. Baldwin (In re Lemington Home for the Aged), 777 F.3d 620 (3rd Cir. 2015) – The debtor was a nonprofit corporation that operated a nursing home. The chapter 11 unsecured...more

Privacy Tuesday – August 2015

While you enjoy what is left of the summer of 2015, we will kick off your week with a few privacy and security bits and bytes....more

CFPB to hold event on financial management for seniors

The CFPB has announced that it will hold an event in Springfield, Virginia on August 17, 2015 about financial management for seniors and their caregivers. The event will feature remarks from Director Cordray and Virginia...more

Risky Business: A Three-Step Plan For Addressing Harassment By Nonemployees

Employers have long understood that they face potential liability when an employee is sexually harassed by another employee and they do nothing to prevent or fix the known problem. It is also true, but perhaps less well...more

CMS Proposes Sweeping Changes for Nursing Home Oversight

On July 16, 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a Proposed Rule with new standards that will have a sweeping effect on the long-term care industry. This new Rule is the first comprehensive...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Guidance on Fast Track Process for 1115 Waivers for Medicaid and CHIP... CEO Sends Letter to State Insurance Commissioners Concerning 2016 Premium Decisions... Medicare Board of Trustees...more

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