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Summer Fire Safety for Nursing Homes

Posted on: July 20, 2017 by Caitlin Morgan

Though the summertime is hurricane season for many parts of the world, areas with drier climates have another weather concern: fires. Nearly 5,000 fires take place each day during the summer, and there are a wide variety of factors that can lead to a fire. From a hot, dry climate to overheating electrical devices, dust […] Read More

Posted in: Assisted Living Facility Insurance blog Nursing Home Risk Management

Vermont First Responders Gain Workers’ Compensation for Mental Health Issues

Posted on: July 11, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

In an unprecedented decision, a recent piece of legislation from the state of Vermont has granted the state’s first responders with workers’ compensation coverage for mental health issues and illnesses incurred as a result of work. The law, which entered effect on July 1st, overturned an earlier Vermont Supreme Court ruling that previously prohibited first […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation

The Importance of Network Security for Health Care Facilities

Posted on: July 6, 2017 by Chris Murray

Multiple large-scale cyber attacks in recent months have affected businesses and individuals worldwide and left people on edge about potential future threats. May 2017’s WannaCry attack in particular has had an impact on healthcare facilities; the United Kingdom’s National Health Service hospitals were hit by the ransomware and an estimated 70,000 devices were affected. This […] Read More

Posted in: blog Cyber Liability Healthcare Healthcare Facilities

Social Media Training for Senior Living Staff – Part II

Posted on: June 23, 2017 by Chris Murray

Senior living staff use social media both at home and work – whether it’s to blog, connect with individuals via Facebook, share photos on Instagram or Snapchat, make job connections on LinkedIn, or upload videos on YouTube. As we mentioned in our previous article, there are many benefits in communication and sharing healthcare information through […] Read More

Posted in: Assisted Living Facility Insurance blog Long-term care facility Nursing Home

Creating a Strong Social Media Policy for Senior Living Facilities – Part I

Posted on: June 20, 2017 by Chris Murray

Social media and other web-based tools have provided many industries, including the senior living sector, with additional methods of communication and information sharing. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others can be used to effectively improve healthcare but they also present potential risks to residents, employees and providers and can result in the distribution […] Read More

Posted in: Assisted Living Facility Insurance blog Insurance Long-term care facility Nursing Home

A Primer on Assisted Living Facilities

Posted on: June 16, 2017 by Chris Murray

Assisted living facilities offer community-based long-term living arrangements designed for seniors who need some help with the activities of daily living (ADLs), but who are also looking to preserve as much independence as possible. These communities vary greatly: from a modern high-rise apartment building to a quiet suburban townhome community. Some may resemble a resort […] Read More

Posted in: Assisted Living Facility Insurance blog Healthcare Facilities Long-term care facility

New Study Sheds Light on Attorney Involvement in Workers’ Comp Cases

Posted on: May 25, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in its recent study found a significant differential in the percentage of claims involving defense attorneys representing injured workers across 18 state Workers’ Compensation systems. The 18 states included in the study are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation

The Risk of Drug-Resistant Infections at Nursing Homes

Posted on: May 23, 2017 by Chris Murray

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) cited research by the Columbia University School of Nursing indicating that residents of long-term care facilities are vulnerable to drug-resistant infections known as superbugs, which can then easily spread these deadly germs to others. In fact, according to the research, between 11% and 59% of nursing-home […] Read More

Posted in: Assisted Living Facility Insurance blog Healthcare Facilities Nursing Home

Ensuring HIPAA Compliance for Health Care Organizations

Posted on: May 16, 2017 by Chris Murray

The Human Health Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on a regular basis issues press releases announcing recent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) settlements and enforcement actions. For example, just a few weeks ago, the HHS issued a release stating that a Texas health system provider agreed to a $2.4 million settlement […] Read More

Posted in: blog Health & Fitness Industry Healthcare Healthcare Facilities Insurance

New WCRI Study Examines Impact of Provider Choice Policies on Workers’ Comp Costs

Posted on: May 11, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), a non-profit organization, examined the relationship between provider choices and Workers’ Compensation medical and indemnity costs. It looked at the cost for injuries occurring primarily between 2007 and 2010 across 25 states in which either employers or workers control the choice of provider. It excludes states where workers can […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation