As staff at skilled nursing facilities scramble to comply with hundreds of pages of interpretive guidance that kicks in Monday, experts warned that one major emphasis should be on meeting new standards for Trauma-informed care. Guidance that surveyors will use to enforce the Rules of Participation requires a deep dive into each resident’s trauma history and how it should be used to plan care for residents. Trauma-informed care is one element of the agency’s broader approach to provide individualized care and acknowledge the increasing prevalence of behavioral health issues in the skilled nursing setting. “I worry that many feel like they addressed trauma-informed care in 2019 when we were initially charged with being in compliance with Phase 3 of the RoP,” she said. “Especially with current staffing challenges, we tend to do what is easiest for the staff to get care delivered,” said Benbow.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it is increasing its scrutiny of chronically low-performing nursing homes by revising its Special Focus Facility Program. “Let us be clear: We are cracking down on enforcement of our nation’s poorest-performing nursing homes,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “As President Biden directed, we are increasing scrutiny and taking aggressive action to ensure everyone living in nursing homes gets the high-quality care they deserve. There are currently 88 nursing homes in the SFF program, with approximately 400 more on the candidate list. Instead, CMS announced the following changes:Making requirements tougher with tougher criteria for successful completion of the SFF Program.1 month ago McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Elon Musk has taken control of Twitter after a protracted legal battle and months of uncertainty. Musk ousted three top Twitter executives on Thursday, according to two people familiar with the deal. Musk has criticized Twitter’s dependence on advertisers, but made a statement Thursday that seemed aimed at soothing their fears. Late Thursday, Musk tweeted, “the bird is freed,” a reference to Twitter’s logo. Musk is expected to speak to Twitter employees directly Friday, according to an internal memo cited in several media outlets.1 month ago Long Island Business News
Palestinian militant groups based in Gaza praised the attack, but did not claim responsibility for the bombings. [See FDD’s Long War Journal report, Hamas Operatives in Gaza Continue to Direct Attacks in the West Bank.] Lastly, the Jerusalem bombings have already been used to produce incitement material by some Palestinian militant organizations. Joe Truzman is a contributor to FDD's Long War Journal. Are you a dedicated reader of FDD's Long War Journal?9 days ago Long War Journal
“Our message is, foremost, that the federal government has clearly stated that long COVID can be a disability,” Williams said, referencing President Biden’s announcement in July 2021 regarding resources to support those with long COVID. The definition builds on the CDC’s characterization of long COVID as signs, symptoms or conditions that continue or develop after an initial COVID infection. She acknowledged that policies, programs and technical assistance around long COVID will continue to evolve as the agency continues a dialogue with other stakeholders on the ongoing effect of the pandemic on the workforce. In December 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in updated guidance that some people with long COVID-19 may qualify for disability resources under the ADA. Resources about long COVID available to employers and employees:1 month ago McKnight's Senior Living
(Credit: Robb Cohen Photography & Video)COVID-19 continues to challenge senior living and other long-term care providers on various levels. During last week’s LeadingAge Annual Meeting + Expo in Denver, legal experts laid out the litigation trends they are seeing from residents and their families as well as from employment claims. “It doesn’t hurt.”COVID-19 claims against long-term care providersAfter two years of court closures and delays, COVID-19 claims against long-term care providers are making their way through the legal system. Fox added that some plaintiffs’ counsel are bringing actions that appear to be COVID claims, although arguments involve everything but COVID, including wrongful death and negligence. The tactic, he said, is due to that uncertainty of how COVID cases will play out.1 month ago McKnight's Senior Living
The world’s largest metal 3D printers are operating in a massive Long Beach factory, printing Relativity Space’s reusable Terran R rocket, the company announced this week. Relativity has beaten its own record with this latest generation, as the company has long been home to the world’s largest 3D printers. “Stargate printers are designed to unlock rapid iteration, which opens up opportunities for innovation in large-scale manufacturing products,” co-founder and CEO Tim Ellis said in a statement. The majority of Terran R components will be printed in Relativity’s new 1 million-square-foot headquarters at the former Boeing C-17 manufacturing plant, which has been dubbed The Wormhole. “We see 3D printing as an automation technology that has the power to change the pace of innovation in manufacturing, which is why we’ve invested in building our own proprietary tech stack from day one.”1 month ago Long Beach Business Journal
Unfortunately, a Supreme Court ruling from this past summer has the potential to completely upended insurance protections for patients with kidney diseases that have been in place for 40 years. Shockingly, 9 out of 10 people with kidney disease were unaware they have it. Unless Congress acts, a misguided decision by the Supreme Court earlier this year could have devastating consequences for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and their families nationwide. After this 30-month period, patients were given the option to make Medicare their primary insurance, with the private marketplace then becoming secondary. These protections were vital to ensuring patients with kidney disease would not have their benefits denied, delayed, or limited by private insurers.1 month ago American Journal of Managed Care