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

Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare Is Needed in Medicaid ALFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The GAO (Government Accountability Office) released this report on Monday, February 5, 2018. “GAO was asked to examine state and federal oversight of assisted living services in Medicaid. This report (1) describes state spending on and coverage of these services, (2) describes how state Medicaid…… Continue reading Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare Is Needed in Medicaid ALFs