Tag: compliance

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 […]

Which Phase 2 requirements do you need help with?

What Phase 2 requirement does your facility need help with in 2017? Choose an answer from our polling question located on the sidebar to the right of this post. If you need help with Phase 2 requirements that are not listed there, leave your questions/challenges in the comments box. Let us know how we can […]

CMS to share QAPI Written Plan How-To Guide, updates on improving dementia care, March 21

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will share information about the new QAPI Written Plan How-To Guide that can assist long-term care providers with performance improvement efforts during the agency’s National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Call Tuesday, March 21, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET. Additionally, CMS experts will share: […]

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 […]

Quality Payment Program short training videos now available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have created a number of new, self-paced educational videos that are now available on YouTube (Go.cms.gov/QPPvideos) and the agency’s Events page. These videos help to explain aspects of the Quality Payment Program in approximately 10 minutes or less. The agency believes stakeholders will greatly benefit from this […]