Emergency preparedness: Planning for an evacuation

Surveys begin November 15, 2017 for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent updates to emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for long-term care.
Industry expert and long-term care consultant Bonnie Foster, RN, BSN, Med says her biggest concern is always planning for a potential resident evacuation. She offers several strategies for planning a potential evacuation that providers can use when creating their EP plans:

Accounting for residents. Foster recommends that facilities create a laminated tag that …

OIG updates LEIE Database: Why should LTC providers be aware of this?

An updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) Database file has been released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG), including all OIG exclusions and reinstatements made through February 2017.
Why do LTC providers need to know about this?
The OIG recommends long-term care providers check this list on a monthly basis to ensure excluded individuals are not working in their facilities, or otherwise face the potential risk for significant …

National Fire Protection Association publishes fire door guidance

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published further guidance on fire door safety for long-term care. Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not yet adopted the 2012 edition of the NFPA 101® Life Safety Code®, it is anticipated by experts.
Current regulation has minimal fire door inspection standards for long-term care facilities, whereas the 2012 edition requires that fire doors be inspected and tested on an annual basis. According to the …

New free white paper available!

Download your complimentary white paper, Hospice Orientation for the Interdisciplinary Team, today and prime new hospice care staff for success.
Post-acute care providers that offer hospice can now download this new white paper full of tools to assist in orientation. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a hospice should deliver systematic orientation, training, and competency evaluations to all new employees and volunteers before they assume responsibility at the organization. To drive these efforts, HCPro …