Long-Term Care

October 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on October 31, 2018

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), “Hospice provides support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.”

September 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on September 18, 2018

Is your facility prepared for a disaster? September is National Preparedness Month and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a time to encourage and remind everyone to be prepared for disasters and emergencies.

August 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on September 18, 2018

The Final Rule published on May 18, 2016, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities, implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).1

July 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on July 28, 2018

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan has long been a source used by hospital compliance officers to help identify risks and develop audit plans. Following the issuance of the revised CMS guidelines, long-term care facilities are fine-tuning their programs to prepare for the November 2019 Compliance Program deadlines.

June 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on June 27, 2018

Twenty-nine states have legalized marijuana for medical use and nine states have legalized marijuana for recreational use for those individuals 21 years of age or older.1 These changes have led many industries to remove marijuana from their drug screens citing concerns over staffing if workers who test positive are fired.2 Will healthcare facilities continue to drug test employees in states where marijuana has been legalized?

May 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on May 24, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a weekly Morbidity and Mor-
tality Report. Included in the May 11, 2018 report was statistics related to deaths from falls

among persons ≥65 from 2007-2016. The CDC indicated in their report that falls account for
the largest percentage of deaths from unintentional injuries which is the seventh leading
cause of death in older adults.1

April 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on May 03, 2018

In 2016, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) performed an overhaul of long-term care (LTC) requirements. Due to the significant number of changes and the time needed to become compliant, CMS developed a phased implementation approach. There are three implementation deadlines. The first, November 28, 2016 included those changes that were simple to implement.

January 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on January 25, 2018

Long-term care facilities are often faced

with challenges surrounding facility-
initiated discharges. These types of dis-
charges are typically initiated because the

facility finds themselves without an ade-
quate number of staff who are either avail-
able or qualified to care for residents with

behavioral concerns or the residents’ ina-
bility to pay for care. Finding appropriate

placement is difficult.

November 2017: LTC Newsletter

Posted on November 28, 2017

Due to the number of changes, the implementation dates for the rules were separated into three different phases. Phase one changes went into effect on November 28, 2016. Phase Two, which contains a significant number of changes is scheduled to be implemented this month, November 28, 2017, and Phase Three, November 28, 2019.

October 2017: LTC Newsletter

Posted on November 10, 2017

Promoting healthy lifestyles is important at all ages, but is sometimes overlooked in older adults. According to Healthy People 2020, “…growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented.”1 The US population aged 65 and older reached 14.5% in 2014 and is expected to reach 23.5% by 2060.