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A Contribution to Residents’ Quality of Life

People with Alzheimer’s and dementia often suffer from anxiety and agitation. One of the most effective means of dealing with those symptoms is therapy animals. The problem for ALFs and memory care facilities, however, is...more

Insurance Claims Report Spotlights Risks To Assisted Living Facility Operators

Late last year CNA, one of the nation’s largest commercial insurance companies, issued a report summarizing professional liability insurance claims for senior living facilities that it closed between 2011 and 2015. Although...more

CMS Cracks Down On Social Media Abuse By Nursing Home Staff

On August 5th the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum to all state survey agencies requiring that during the next standard survey of a nursing home, whether a Traditional or Quality Indicator...more

Technology Must Be A Priority for Senior Living Communities

A recent panel at the Chicago Senior News Chicago Summit discussed the tendency of senior housing developers to spend money on the wrong priorities. In particular, they noted that money spent on technology should be...more

How Likely Are You to Need Long-Term Care?

Planning for retirement and deciding whether to buy long-term care insurance would be a lot easier if you knew your odds of needing long-term care, as well as at what age and for how long. Unfortunately, there's no definite...more

Pennsylvania Court Rules Background Screening Law Unconstitutional

On December 30, 2015, the Commonwealth Court in Pennsylvania unanimously found the Older Adults Protective Services Act’s (the Act) lifetime prohibition on the ability of individuals with convictions to hold certain jobs in...more

Deinstitutionalizing Living and Cost

Looking ahead to the brave new world of Boomer assisted living, the question arises: what do Boomers want, and can they pay for it? One recent article in the New York Times (November 21, 2015) reviews the Green House...more

Is your loved one a victim of nursing home neglect?

Illinois families are often faced with the difficult decision of placing a loved one in a nursing home, where they are supposed to receive the care that their families are unable to provide. ...more

CMS Survey Guidance and Amendment to SOM Advance Copy of Revised F371; Interpretive Guidance and Procedures for Sanitary...

On May 20 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued S&C 14-34-NH devoted to the topic of egg preparation in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Lest one think that this is an odd or random topic, it is relevant...more

Nursing Home Reporting of Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime in a Long Term Care Facility

Nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospices that provide services in long term care facilities and independent living facilities that provide services for the developmentally disabled ("facilities") are required...more

Proceed With Caution: Contracts Between Senior Communities And Placement Agencies May Not Violate The Anti-Kickback Statute

In This Issue: - Background of the Arrangement - The OIG’s Analysis: How the Senior Communities Reduced Their Risk - What Providers Should Know - Excerpt from Background of the Arrangement: The...more

OIG Issues Favorable Opinion of Arrangement Containing Percentage-Based Compensation Structure

Last week, the OIG issued an advisory opinion indicating that it would not impose sanctions on an arrangement pursuant to which a placement agency receives a percentage-based fee for referring new residents to senior...more

How To Spot Nursing Home Abuse

The decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home is a serious one. It is often the best possible solution for an elderly person and his or her family. Unfortunately, the decision is a difficult one with elder...more

Signing Arbitration Contracts on Admission to a Nursing Home – Who Is Bound?

As our population ages, more and more people are being admitted to nursing homes at or near the end of their lives. But when a person is admitted to a nursing home and they sign a contract agreeing to arbitrate any disputes...more

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