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Proposed law would mandate minimum direct care nurse hours

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[...]

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Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement: A Nursing Home’s Guide to Implementation and Management will introduce the basics of QAPI, including how it came to fruition and what regulations exist in regard to nursing homes starting their own QAPI program. In addition, this manual will highlight the new skills nursing homes will need to focus on to implement QAPI, including data analysis and root cause analysis. You’ll get the tools you need to create a QAPI implementation and staff training plan.

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Reduce Lawsuit Risk: A QAPI Approach for Long-Term Care will take a deep dive into implementing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) processes to help reduce situations like these and lower your chances of litigation.

Upcoming Webcasts

Preventing Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: Creating a Culture of Safety

August 26, 2014
1-2:30pm ET


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.

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