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High Employee Turnover Causes Trouble for Assisted Living Facilities

Posted on: June 22, 2018 by Chris Murray

Across the United States, assisted living and senior care facilities are facing unprecedented employee turnover rates. There are many factors that influence the turnover rate, including job stress and low pay rates. Employee turnover has a steep financial cost for assisted living facilities; industry analysts point to the fact that replacing one skilled employee can […] Read More

Posted in: Assisted Living Facility Insurance blog

New Human Rights Watch Study Reports the Overuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

Posted on: February 7, 2018 by Chris Murray

Just two days ago, the Human Rights Watch published the study “They Want Docile: How Nursing Homes in the United States Overmedicate People with Dementia”, and the results are sobering. According to their report, approximately 179,000 nursing home residents nationwide are being prescribed and given antipsychotic drugs each week in spite of not having diagnoses […] Read More

Posted in: blog Nursing Home

Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes

Posted on: January 10, 2018 by Chris Murray

A recent study from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has examined the correlation between infections, antibiotic use, and confusion. It was found that 1 in 5 residents at the surveyed nursing homes had been prescribed antibiotics within the past 30 days, with urinary tract infections (UTI) accounting for 40 percent of antibiotic-treated infections […] Read More

Posted in: blog Nursing Home

Humana and Private Equity Firms Buy Kindred Healthcare

Posted on: December 19, 2017 by Chris Murray

This morning, it was announced that United States health insurer Humana Inc., along with two private equity firms (TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe), has purchased home health and long term care operator Kindred Healthcare for $4 billion. Humana and the two firms will each pay $9 per share (a 4.7 percent premium […] Read More

Posted in: blog Home Health Care

Responding to Slips and Falls at an Assisted Living Facility

Posted on: December 14, 2017 by Chris Murray

It’s the moment that everyone fears: hearing that their loved one has been injured. At assisted living facilities, this moment is most likely to be spurred by a slip or fall. Slips and falls are by far the most common form of injury amongst assisted living facility residents and senior citizens in general; one in […] Read More

Posted in: Assisted Living Facility Insurance blog

The Dangers of Influenza in Nursing Homes

Posted on: December 12, 2017 by Chris Murray

Though the winter solstice isn’t until December 21st, many states have already begun their descent into winter, which includes colder weather, shorter days, and the spread of illnesses such as influenza. While there are no official dates that signify the beginning and end of “flu season”, CDC data has shown that influenza cases start to […] Read More

Posted in: blog Nursing Home

The Benefits of a Return-to-Work Program

Posted on: December 7, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

No matter what industry you work in, there is always the risk that something could go wrong, and that one of your employees could be injured, contract an illness, or experience something else that would necessitate a break from working. Last year, 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by employers in the […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation

Florida’s Guarantee Insurance Co. Has Been Declared Insolvent

Posted on: November 30, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

This month, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based workers’ compensation insurance carrier Guarantee Insurance Co. has been declared insolvent and then placed under state receivership by state regulators. Receivership refers to a type of corporate bankruptcy in which the courts or creditors appoint a receiver (in this case, state insurance regulators) to run the company and have […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Compensation

What Is Skilled Nursing Care?

Posted on: November 20, 2017 by Chris Murray

One of the most common concerns that the average person has regarding home health care is the quality of care that their loved one will receive. As we have discussed in previous blogs, many are concerned that the staff members of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home healthcare are inferior to registered nurses working […] Read More

Posted in: blog Home Health Care

Managing Risks at Assisted Living Facilities

Posted on: November 10, 2017 by Chris Murray

Updated November 10, 2017   In 2016, it was reported that lawsuits against assisted living facilities were on the rise, far surpassing the number of nursing home negligence cases. Neville Bilimoria, a partner with Chicago’s health practice law group Duane Morris LLP, said, “The plaintiffs’ [attorneys] use one theme in all of their nursing home […] Read More

Posted in: Assisted Living Facility Insurance blog