Tag: safety

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate—That Is The Question

More than half of all people in the United States (53.8%) have now been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While still a far cry from the 70% goal President Joe Biden had predicted, it does show some progress is being made.For workplaces, though, some thorny questions are emerging: Should […]

Recent bulletin aims to keep older adults at home in rural areas

A recently released bulletin provides state agencies and other interested stakeholders with information about available federal resources that may help patients in rural areas remain in their homes. The bulletin was a joint effort by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department […]

Revised guidelines for determining immediate jeopardy

Appendix Q, Core Guidelines for Determining Immediate Jeopardy, has been revised. Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) represents a situation in which entity noncompliance has placed the health and safety of recipients in its care at risk for serious injury, serious harm, serious impairment or death, according to CMS. Training for surveyors and non-surveyors on the revised Appendix […]

OSHA increases penalty rates

To adjust for inflation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased their civil monetary penalties for other-than serious, serious, and failure to abate violations (from $12,615 per violation to $12,934, an increase of $319) as well as the penalty for willful and repeat violations (from $126,749 per violation to $129,336, an increase of $2, […]

New OSHA website up and running for submitting electronic injury and illness reports

The long-anticipated website launched by OSHA for publication of electronic injury and illness reports is officially open for business. The website was promised as part of a final rule that took effect January 1 of this year, establishing new anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws to prevent employers from discouraging employees from reporting work-related injuries and illness. […]

OSHA: Deadline to submit Form 300A extended

Following a final rule published in May 2016 regarding the electronic submission of Form A, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced they will be extending the submission deadline from July 1, 2017 to a new deadline, which has not yet been shared. Employers that have 250 or more employees are required to submit […]

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 […]

Trump will sign resolution to reverse OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements for recordable injury and illness

In December, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule intended to “clarify[y] an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness.” The final rule, titled “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” and informally referred to as the […]

OSHA’s new electronic submission and anti-retaliation laws affect nursing homes and assisted living facilities

Effective January 1, 2017, OSHA will require businesses in industries with high injury and illness rates, including senior living facilities and nursing homes, to electronically submit work-related injury and illness reports to OSHA for publication on OSHA’s website. This final rule published on May 12, 2016 does not change facilities’ obligation to recording injuries and […]

CMS updates healthcare facilities fire protection guidelines

On May 3, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule (https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection) to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire. The new guidelines apply to hospitals; long term care (LTC) facilities; critical access hospitals (CAHs); inpatient hospice facilities; programs […]