Category Archives: Senior Living

Protect Your Business from Distracted Driving

As the years progress from the days of the Model T, we see that there are more and more distractions for drivers. Living in a technological world where cell phones are part of everyday, distractions are at an all-time high. Is texting while driving any different than drinking and driving? They both are a distraction […]

CMS’s Updated Requirements of Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just completed a number of revisions to the Requirements of Participation (ROP), which will become effective November 28, 2016, and will be implemented in phases over the next three years. Updates to these Requirements had not taken place since 1991, thus resulting in a number of significant […]

New Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for Healthcare Providers

On September 8, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule that requires a number of healthcare providers to meet new Disaster Preparedness guidelines. This rule, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers found here, goes into effect on November 16, 2017. This rule is aimed at […]

Preparing for an OSHA Inspection

Being adequately prepared for an OSHA inspection can be daunting and stressful. Our partners at Midwest Employers Casualty Company will be hosting a webinar to address OSHA inspections and how senior living operators can be prepared.  They will discuss the reasons for OSHA inspections, the typical steps involved and the do’s and don’ts of an […]

Understanding a Group Captive Program

A group captive is a health insurance pool formed by companies joining together to reduce the cost of their medical benefit spend. It is an alternative insurance option that is owned and controlled by its insureds. Unlike fully-insured options where the insurance company keeps all the profits and premiums generally continue to rise, or self-insured […]

Why Ransomware is a Huge Threat to Senior Living Communities

Ransomware is a type of malicious software cyber actors use to deny access to systems or data, holding the systems or data hostage until a ransom is paid. If the demands are not met, the systems or encrypted data remains unavailable, or data may be deleted. It is immediately disruptive to business operations and when […]

Immediate Civil Monetary Penalty Upon Immediate Jeopardy Citing

On July 22, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a revised S&C memo, Mandatory Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies and Assessment Factors Used to Determine the Seriousness of Deficiencies for Nursing Homes (S&C: 16-31-NH), found here.  The intent of this revision is to no longer allow states to not impose a […]

Aug 26, 2016 – Compliance Observer Alert – New ACA Nondiscrimination Rules

August 26, 2016 What Do the New ACA Nondiscrimination Rules Mean to You? Applies to: All Employers On May 18, 2016, we published this Compliance Alert detailing the requirements of the new ACA Nondiscrimination Rules (Section 1557 of the ACA) and to whom the rules apply. Since then, we have received many questions regarding how these […]

Social Media Policies Become Focus of Surveyors

CMS issued a S&C Memo on August 5th addressing Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing Home Staff (S&C: 16-33-NH) – Memo.  Within this memo, CMS directs each nursing home to develop and implement written policies and procedures that prohibit all forms of abuse, including mental abuse. […]

The New Bill Proposed to Protect Nurses’ Careers

In the senior living industry, a common, and often career-ending, injury occurs from manually lifting residents. In response to this identified risk, a new bill (H.R. 4266/S. 2408) has been proposed and is supported by the American Nurses Association to establish a national occupational safety standard that would eliminate manual lifting of patients by registered […]

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