Historical Agreement Expected to Become Law: Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities to be Licensed

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A bill in the Minnesota legislature is being finalized to license Assisted living facilities for the very first time. This agreement, which is expected to pass, will bring Minnesota in line with the rest of the country in terms of regulating AL. ALFs have been…… Continue reading Historical Agreement Expected to Become Law: Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities to be Licensed

Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation – Heightened Scrutiny Guidance

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On March 22, 2019, CMS issued a set of guidance responses associated with the January 2014 home and community-based settings final rule in the form of an 11-page FAQ document. The cover letter is addressed to State Medicaid Directors.  Here are 3 key points excerpted…… Continue reading Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation – Heightened Scrutiny Guidance

Assisted Living Facilities Excluded from EPA Final Rule on Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® I just blogged on the December 11, 2018 EPA Final Rule that is awaiting publication in the Federal Register.  Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed this final rule on December 11, 2018 however the clock for implementation 6 months later cannot start until…… Continue reading Assisted Living Facilities Excluded from EPA Final Rule on Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Assisted Living Residents Need Stronger Protections

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The title of this blog (and an excerpted subtitle in one of the reports) sums up the findings of two (2) significant reports this year on the status of Assisted Living. The February 2018 GAO Report examined state and Federal oversight of assisted living services…… Continue reading Assisted Living Residents Need Stronger Protections

Denial of Reasonable Accommodation Results in Discrimination Charges – Residents with Hearing Disabilities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Does your assisted living facility make reasonable accommodations for residents with hearing disabilities? If the answer is no or you’re not sure, you’ll want to read about a Federal lawsuit recently filed against “at least 14 operators of assisted-living and nursing facilities in Arizona (who)…… Continue reading Denial of Reasonable Accommodation Results in Discrimination Charges – Residents with Hearing Disabilities

Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Older Adults with Dementia: Not Just a Nursing Home Problem

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® This is the title of a report issued today by the AARP Public Policy Institute.  The data in this report includes individuals living in Assisted Living communities and certainly merits reading and action by AL leadership and clinicians. “Antipsychotic (AP) drugs are often prescribed “off-label”…… Continue reading Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Older Adults with Dementia: Not Just a Nursing Home Problem

Variation in Residential Care Community Resident Characteristics, by Size of Community

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a brief based on data gleaned by the 2016 National Study of LTC Providers conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. This NCHS Data Brief ■ No. 299 ■ February 2018 is an…… Continue reading Variation in Residential Care Community Resident Characteristics, by Size of Community