Prevention

Highest National Percentage of Falls in Wisconsin Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Centers Reported

Highest National Percentage of Falls in Wisconsin Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Centers Reported Failure to assess residents for their fall risk potential and to develop and implement comprehensive fall prevention care plans may result in substandard quality of care with the submission of false claims. Compliance Perspective – Fall Prevention Policies/Procedures: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Administrator and Director of Nursing will review policies and procedures addressing fall risk assessments and inclusion of interventions for fall prevention in residents’ care plans. Training: The Compliance

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Florida Nursing Home Employee Arrested for Prank Bomb Threats

Florida Nursing Home Employee Arrested for Prank Bomb Threats Failure to execute an emergency preparedness plan in response to bomb threats may result in citations of immediate jeopardy and substandard quality of care for potentially placing residents and staff at risk. Compliance Perspective – Bomb Threats Policies/Procedures: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Administrator and Risk Manager will review policies and procedures detailing the all hazards content and expected response requirements of the facility’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.   Training: The Compliance and Ethics Officer, as well as every

Prevention

Rise in Number of Georgia Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Since 2008 Has Experts Baffled

Rise in Number of Georgia Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Since 2008 Has Experts Baffled Failure to maintain safe internal water systems and perform diagnostic testing practices may be considered neglect and result in charges of substandard quality of care. Compliance Perspective – Legionnaires’ Disease Policies/Procedures: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Administrator and Maintenance Director will review recommended standards of practice and internal policies and procedures for maintenance and diagnostic testing practices of all internal water systems. Training: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Maintenance Director will ensure that staff

Wisconsin Nurse Charged with Stealing Medication from 3 Nursing Homes

Wisconsin Nurse Charged with Stealing Medication from 3 Nursing Homes Failure to monitor and accurately document the disposition of narcotic medications intended for administration to residents may result in significant medication errors and charges of fraud when those narcotics are misappropriated for unauthorized sale or use. Compliance Perspective – Stealing of Medications Policies/Procedures: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Director of Nursing and Consultant Pharmacist will review policies and procedures for storage and tracking of controlled substances. Training: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Director of

Virginia Healthcare Worker Charged for Similar Sexual Assault as Occurred in Arizona

Virginia Healthcare Worker Charged for Similar Sexual Assault as Occurred in Arizona Failure to protect residents from sexual assault by their caregivers or others is considered abuse and substandard quality of care, and may result in regulatory citations, lawsuits, and charges of submission of false claims with penalties. Compliance Perspective – Sexual Assault Policies/Procedures: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Administrator and Director of Nursing will review policies and procedures addressing the need for safeguarding residents to prevent sexual assaults. Training: The Compliance and Ethics Officer, as well as every

Prevention

Man Sues Vermont Nursing Home for Sewage Flood of His Home

Man Sues Vermont Nursing Home for Sewage Flood of His Home Failure to maintain a safe sewage and wastewater system may cause an emergency incident with serious threats of infection and other potential hazards to a facility’s residents and external community, resulting in regulatory and life safety code violations with penalties. Compliance Perspective – Sewage System Policies/Procedures: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Administrator and Maintenance Director will review policies and procedures involving maintenance of the facility’s sewage and wastewater system. Training: The Compliance and Ethics Officer, as well as every

Repeated Bed Bug Citations Reported at New York Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Repeated Bed Bug Citations Reported at New York Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Failure to prevent repeated infestations of bed bugs may be considered substandard quality of care and result in submitting of false claims. Compliance Perspective – Bed Bugs Policies/Procedures: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Administrator, Director of Nursing, and Medical Director will review policies and procedures involving Infection Prevention and Control of insect infestations. Training: The Compliance and Ethics Officer, as well as every department head, will ensure that staff are trained to identify the presence of and respond in

Pharmaceutical Company Marketed Drug to Nursing Home Residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Not Approved for that Purpose by FDA

Pharmaceutical Company Marketed Drug to Nursing Home Residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Not Approved for that Purpose by FDA Providing medications like Nuedexta to residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for off-label use (not approved for those purposes by the FDA) may result in fraud and the submission of a false claim. Compliance Perspective – Unapproved FDA Drugs Policies/Procedures: The Compliance and Ethics Officer with the Administrator, Medical Director, Director of Nursing, and Consultant Pharmacist will evaluate policies and procedures involving pharmaceutical review of medications prescribed for

Two Residents and One Officer Injured in Baltimore Nursing Home Fire

Two Residents and One Officer Injured in Baltimore Nursing Home Fire Risk Management Perspective Each facility must have a policy and procedure in place regarding all emergency responses, including drills. All safety systems in a facility should be periodically checked to ensure they are in good working condition Two residents were injured in a fire at a Baltimore nursing home and one officer was treated for smoke inhalation. When firefighters arrived on the scene, no fire or smoke was visible, but when they entered the

Women Stole Personal Items from Multiple Nursing Homes in Two States

Women Stole Personal Items from Multiple Nursing Homes in Two States Risk Management Perspective Employee ID and name tags should always be worn by all employees. Any person without ID should be stopped, questioned, and removed if not appropriate Authorities in Oklahoma and Kansas are looking for two women who stole personal items from multiple nursing homes. An employee at one of the homes said she had noticed two women roaming around the facility dressed in scrubs. She asked them what they needed and who they