LTC News & Notes

AON Risk Solutions: 2013 Long Term Care General Liability and Professional Liability Actuarial Analysis.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has posted their 2014-2018 Strategic plan. Their top-listed priority is to Fight Fraud, Waste and Abuse. In their anti-fraud efforts they intend to expand their Medicare Fraud Strike Force team or similar efforts, targeting Medicare and Medicaid program integrity. OIG 2014 – 2018 Strategic Plan

The Joint Commission has released their 2014 National Patient Safety Goals including these for:

- Home Care >
- Long Term Care (Medicare/Medicaid) >
- Nursing Care Center >

The California State Assembly and Senate are now adjourned for their respective summer recesses.
CALA (California Assisted Living Association) is monitoring the status of ongoing legislation. Legislation Chart >

Office of the Inspector General: Semiannual Report to Congress. Full Report >

Standard of Care or Standard of Fear
Attorney Rebecca Adelman, published this excellent article describing plaintiff strategy in questioning long term care professionals during deposition questioning. Rebecca practices law in Tennessee where she is the President of the law firm Hagwood Adelman Tipton. Be it Tennessee, New York, or California, plaintiff attorneys are all using the same strategy.Full Article >

The Security of Mobile Devices - An Increased Privacy Concern.
Recently published fact sheets from the DHHS. Steps to Protect Information Read Entire Article

Understanding Your Organization's Mobile Device Policies Read Entire Article

Managing Mobile Devices in Your Health Care Organization Read Entire Article

Dogs Sniff Out Disease
It's not unusual to see beagles in airports, sniffing suitcases for potential explosives. But hospitals? Read Entire Article

California Attorney General's office to ramp up elder-abuse investigations. Read Entire Article

Does Life Insurance and Long Term Care Mix? With long-term-care insurance premiums climbing by double digits and several insurers exiting the business in the past two years, many families are turning to an alternative: using life insurance with long-term-care benefits. Read Entire Article

On July 24, 2012, Judge Paul Grewal of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, ordered an adverse inference jury instruction in the Apple v. Samsung matter. Read Entire Article

"Magic Carpet" May Prevent Falls, Research Suggests
The placement of plastic optical fibers under a carpet or flooring has the potential to greatly reduce falls among nursing home residents, an interdisciplinary team of researchers said at a scientific conference this week. Read Entire Article

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