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August 5, 2014
A bill that would establish around-the-clock registered nurse staffing hours at Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities was introduced by an Illinois congresswoman last week. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), declares that long-term care facilities must use services of at least one registered nurse to provide assessment, surveillance and direct care to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nursing facilities have been caring for increasingly complex residents but are not required to have an RN on duty for more than eight hours a day, Schakowsky noted in a statement released Friday. If passed, the bill would amend Titles XVIII and XIX under the Social Security Act and would be effective[...]Continue reading...
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Preventing Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: Creating a Culture of Safety
August 26, 2014
The OIG’s recent findings surrounding adverse events in skilled nursing facilities (SNF) have raised alarms throughout the industry. In this 90-minute webcast, experts Diane L. Brown, BA, CPRA, and Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, discuss these findings and how adverse events continue to go underreported. Brown and Rubertino explain the top five adverse events in SNFs and how they can negatively impact facilities. Finally, they outline what facilities can do to prevent such events and encourage employees to accurately report them.