• Fire Safety

    Monday December 2, 2013

    A Minute for Safety, by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


    You are responsible for fire prevention and the safety of your coworkers in the event of a fire.  The best way to prevent workplace fires is to be aware of and on the lookout for potential fire hazards.  Employees should be trained about fire hazards and about what to do in the event of a fire.  This article will review the steps to take to reduce the risks from fire occurring in the workplace and what to do if one should occur:                                                                                                   Fire Safety

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  • Handling Funds Following the Death of a Medicaid Resident

    Thursday November 21, 2013

    Alabama Medicaid Agency - Medicaid Alert

    TO: Nursing Home Providers

    The purpose of this alert is to clarify the procedures associated with handling funds following the death of a Medicaid-eligible nursing home resident. The Medicaid Administrative Codes 560-X-10-.14(3)(f) and 560-X-22-.25(5)(e) and the Social Security Administration Guide for Representative Payees require that nursing homes,upon the death of a resident, release any funds being held at the facility in the resident's name to the administrator of the deceased resident's estate. In the event that there is not a person who has been appointed to act as the administrator of the estate, the funds should be sent to the Alabama State Treasurer's Office, Unclaimed Property Division.  In an effort to ensure that all Alabama nursing home facilities are in compliance with the rules and regulations pertaining to the handling of the funds of deceased residents, the following instructions are provided in the pdf below.

    Handling Funds Following the Death of a Medicaid Resident 

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  • MLN Matters Number - MM8458

    Thursday December 12, 2013

    In the regulations at42 CFR 409.32(c), the level of care criteria for SNF coverage specifies that the "… restoration potential of a patient is not the deciding factor in determining whether skilled services are needed." In addition, on January 24, 2013, the Court approved the settlement concerning the Jimmo v. Sebeliuscase which has eventually resulted in new guidelines for skilled care and skilled therapy.


    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has now revised the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Publication #: 100-02, Chapter 8, § 20.1.2-Determination of Coverage, to clarify that skilled care and skilled therapy may be covered even for conditions that will not improve.


    In the past many thought that Medicare coverage of skilled nursing care or therapy required documentation that a resident or Medicare beneficiary must have the potential for improvement from the nursing care or therapy.  The manual revisions, now clarifies that skilled care may be needed to maintain a current condition or prevent or slow a resident/patient's deterioration. The manual also includes specific examples of documenting skilled care.


    Until theMedicare Benefit Policy Manualis updated, see the attachedMLN Matters Number: MM8458 or Related CR Transmittal #: R175BP. Effective Date: January 7, 2014,for guidance.


    Please click on the MLN Matters article below:

    MLN Matters Number - MM8458


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  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes

    Monday December 16, 2013

    Prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), nursing homes must provide basic life support, including initiation of CPR, to a resident who experiences cardiac arrest (cessation of respirations and/or pulse) in accordance with that resident's advance directives or in the absence of advance directives or a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order. CPR- certified staff must be available at all times.  


    Please click on the article below to read the Memorandum regarding CPR in Nursing Homes:  

    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes

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  • Key Cares

    Thursday December 26, 2013

    This Key Cares article focuses on winter fire prevention, and highlights methods to prevent the most common causes of home and workplace fires. This article also features information about obesity and body mass index. Please click on the link below to access the article.



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