According to the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), nursing homes often follow certain practices that violate the Nursing Home Reform Law, and as a result harm their residents. Many times, nursing home risks arise out of the neglect of care on behalf of nursing home staff, if even unintentional. Due to this fact, it’s imperative that your nursing home administrator clients be aware of the common problems with care within nursing..
In an annual conference held in early June by the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONALTC), audience members were invited to speak about how they felt when a supervisor yelled at them, citing feelings of embarrassment, disparagement and incompetence. Essentially, they felt bullied.
Bullying takes place in all workplaces, throughout many different professions. However, the problem seems to be especially prevalent in nursing. According to American Nursing Today, in a survey of..
There’s been a new hot topic making its way through the airwaves, such as during the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in February 2014. This topic? Digitized healthcare. As one Forbes.com article points out, the United States healthcare system is facing three challenges right now: high prices, poor care coordination, and an onslaught of chronic disease; all of which can be addressed by digitized healthcare.
Digitized healthcare, also called digital health, is a discipline..
According to researcher Dr. Emily Finlayson, who specializes in gastrointestinal surgery at the University of California in San Francisco, doctors may be too aggressive when it comes to performing surgery on nursing home residents. This belief stems from incidences of “low-risk” surgeries resulting in residents’ deaths. For example, one study found that 12 out of 100 nursing home residents who had their appendix removed died within a month of the procedure, compared to just two..
In April of 2014, a very sad and tragic homicide occurred at a nursing home in Houston, Texas. A 56-year-old man had an altercation with his two roommates, and during the altercation assaulted the two men with the arm of his wheelchair, ultimately leading to their deaths. Nobody can say if this incident could have been prevented in some way, but it does raise the question of if, and how, nursing..
How is the ACA Impacting Long Term Care Risks?
Have your long term care clients joined the ranks of those senior living industry leaders who have aligned their organization with an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)? The Patient Protection Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), encourages the development of these ACOs, in hopes they will help ease rising Medicare costs.
The goal of coordinate care through an ACO is to ensure that patients and long term care residents, especially the chronically ill, get..
In May of 2011, the Greenbriar Nursing Home in Missouri was in the direct path of the tornado that tore through Joplin. Of the 95 nursing home residents, 19 died. The nursing home was the structure with the highest number of fatalities in the tornado, which claimed a total of 161 people in the town, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
A recent NIST report stated that “the damage survey indicated that there..
Running a home health care service can be much different from running a nursing home or assisted living facility. Reason being, you are unable to supervise your staff and provide in-the-moment coaching opportunities. Another thing that is different is the risks they face. Workplace safety is a huge concern in any medical field, and it’s important for your staff to be aware of home health care risk management strategies so they can make their environment a safer one.
According to the June 2013 Privacy Rights Clearinghouse report, since 2005, 25% of data breaches have been in the healthcare sector, exposing a total of 24,684,825 records. Most people think of nursing home liability risks consisting of Workers Compensation claims and resident injury risks. While nursing home liability risks certainly do include these types of claims, an often overlooked liability exposure in the senior living and healthcare industry is in the area of data security and privacy. The healthcare industry is expected..
The U.S. population is aging as the baby boomer generation reaches senior citizen status. Some experts project that the number of frail elderly will triple or quadruple in the next 30 years. While technical medical advances continue to increase life expectancies, hospitals as a consequence lack the bed capacity for the ill and are often forced to discharge their patients early. As a result, as the number of senior citizens living with severe and debilitating illnesses increase, so too will the..