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By Kristy Dickens, 08/17/2020
Often, when a facility receives a request for a copy of a resident’s medical records, complying with that request is a fairly straightforward process. Other times, balancing the requirements set forth by HIPAA (and complementary state regulations) with an individual’s rights to access and/or receive...
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By Kristy Dickens, 05/05/2020
Even though your organization likely has always had the required Infection Control Program in place, your team had very little time to prepare for the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many senior living communities have already encountered their first positive test result, but others have been fortunate...
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By Kristy Dickens, 04/14/2020
Utilizing an Arbitration Agreement is an important tool in your risk management arsenal, as it can reduce the cost of defending against a claim and provide a more appropriate forum for a healthcare claim to be litigated. The annual actuarial analysis commissioned by the American Health Care Association indicated,...
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By Kristy Dickens, 02/03/2020
Sadly, drug theft is on the rise both in hospitals and in the long-term care community. Both environments have some degree of preventive measures in place to discourage drug theft or drug diversion, yet it is much easier to access medications – and steal them – in nursing homes, assisted living...
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By Kristy Dickens, 12/04/2019
Due to the shortage in the availability of psychiatric care services, skilled nursing facilities are increasingly providing care to patients with persistent mental illness, such as bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia. In fact, a 2011 study published in the Journal of Aging & Social Policy indicates that the...
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By Kristy Dickens, 09/30/2019
Arbitration is a process that has been used effectively across many different industries since the New York Arbitration Act of 1920 and the Federal Arbitration Act of 1925 were passed. This is not surprising when you consider the benefits of resolving disputes via arbitration versus litigation. Benefits to...
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By Peggy Morrison, Kristy Dickens, 09/16/2019
The aging process may slow us down a bit, but it doesn’t stop our desire or our need to remain a part of our communities and the world around us. Aging adults still enjoy shopping, need to attend appointments, and travel to various attractions and activities away from their senior living or skilled nursing...
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By Peggy Morrison, Kristy Dickens, 08/21/2019
As America continues to age, the number of people residing in nursing homes and assisted living communities is expected to increase. Abuse and neglect continues to be an issue for our frail and vulnerable elderly population in senior living communities. According to the National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS)...
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By Kristy Dickens, 06/25/2019
Timely reporting of employee injuries is crucial to the success of your organization’s Workers Compensation program. In some states, the law mandates reporting within a specified number of days (make sure you know your state’s reporting requirements or consult with a professional at AssuredPartners)....
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