- Why Prepare?
New Mexico Health Connections filed a lawsuit challenging the CMS issuance of an emergency regulation for the ACA risk adjustment program for 2017. At the same time, Health Connections also filed an immediate motion for a summary judgment asking the court to take expedited action to strike down the emergency rule. This is because CMS violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act and the US Constitution by rushing out a regulation that imposes millions of dollars of penalties upon Health Connections without following a legal requirement to receive public comments and input first. In the past two years, three courts around the country have struck down other CMS regulations for similarly denying the public’s right to notice and comment on proposed rules.
Terry Zysk writes in McKnight’s that a more comprehensive approach to risk assessment and planning will not only protect resident and staff safety should the unthinkable happen, it will also facilitate continuity of operations for the organization.
As flu-vaccine heavyweights dispatch their first doses for the upcoming season, they’re planning millions more doses made with next-generation production processes, rather than traditional egg-based manufacturing.
According to this recent study, if a major pandemic broke out now, at least 15 million Americans would be dead.
Experts at Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security worked with politicians to gauge how the United States would do if a new, contagious disease were to break out.
The hospital emergency department can be a “chaotic” and toxic place for residents suffering from dementia. That’s why it’s all-the-more important for nursing homes to work closely with their hospital peers to make sure that they’re ready for such cases, a new analysis recommends.
The research, published in the latest Annals of Long-Term Care, notes that the emergency room can be overwhelming for anyone, but especially those with dementia. Often, its chaos leads to bouts of delirium for those with dementia, writes Freddi Segal-Gidan, Ph.D., an associate professor of clinical neurology and family medicine with USC’s Keck School of Medicine.