Tag: compliance

‘Telehealth 2.0’ is goal of OIG reviews

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector is reviewing telehealth use during the pandemic with an eye on building the blueprint for “telehealth 2.0,” according to Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm. The OIG recently shared comments Grimm made to the American Health Law Association’s annual meeting June 29, and telehealth was […]

Nominate your staff for an AHCC Achievement Award

The Association for Home Care Coding and Compliance (AHCC) is looking for amazing people across the country doing groundbreaking work in home care to honor them with an AHCC Achievement Award. AHCC is accepting nominations for four awards this year: Home Health Coding Professional of the Year Hospice Coding Professional of the Year Home Health […]

Compliance tips for 2021

Industry expert Reg Hislop joins us to talk about top compliance issues for SNFs in 2021. Be sure to check out our deep dive into this topic on a May 11th webinar for Skilled Nursing Week. Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes Connect Listen on Spotify

Trump’s training order raising concerns about employers’ diversity efforts

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order (EO) placing limits on the diversity training that federal employers and contractors can offer is raising concerns of a chilling effect on employers’ diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The order, released on September 22, was referenced during the September 29 presidential debate between Trump and former Vice President Joe […]

OSHA Issues Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings, Surgical Masks, Respirators

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, employers have struggled to understand the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) position on cloth face coverings and surgical masks, specifically whether the agency requires or recommends their use and whether they constitute personal protective equipment (PPE). Although the issues may seem trivial, employers want to know what their compliance […]

Hospice concerns addressed through revised legislation

Concerns regarding compliance with quality and safety standards under the Hospice Conditions of Participation were addressed through legislation recently introduced by two members of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Rep. Tom Reed. The legislation entitled, “Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments Act (HOSPICE Act),” was scheduled to be marked […]

NLRB reverts to old standard on employee use of employer email systems

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to allow employers more leeway in restricting the use of their email and other communications systems for union organizing is just the latest decision reversing standards set by the Obama-era Board. On Dec. 17, the Board released a decision in the Caesars Entertainment Corporation d/b/a Rio All-Suites Hotel and […]

Is your SNF prepared for an emergency?

With the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and wildfires in California, it’s as important as ever for SNFs to brush up on their emergency preparedness plan. CMS’ emergency preparedness (EP) final rule, was enacted November 16, 2016. Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual provides interpretive guidance to the final rule that provides insight on […]

NLRB’s decision on mandatory arbitration ‘levels the playing field’ for employers

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) August 14 decision on employers’ use of mandatory arbitration agreements provides clarity and helps companies conduct business “without having to walk on eggshells,” according to the lead attorney arguing the employer’s case before the Board. The Board’s decision in Cordua Restaurants, Inc., was the first NLRB case on mandatory […]

In #MeToo era, tighten up sexual harassment training and policies to avoid big settlements

In an era of heightened awareness, it’s more important than ever to make sure your agency’s sexual harassment policy is clear, effective and followed. Sexual harassment is covered in civil rights law under Title VII, and claims against harassers and the businesses that employ them can be brought via the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) […]