Category Archives: Policies & Procedures

Policies, Procedures And Protocols: Best Friend Or Worst Enemy

Long term care (“LTC”) facilities are obligated by regulation to implement policies, procedures and protocols (“PPPs”) on methods of practice and modes of providing care.  PPPs in the hands of adverse counsel can prove problematic for facilities.  Thus, certain measures can be taken to prevent use of PPPs against facilities. LTC regulations of many states require that facilities promulgate policies on all aspects of their business, including record maintenance; personnel matters; physician, nursing, pharmaceutical, dietary, activities, social, and rehabilitation services; resident rights; quality assurance; and security.  Most regulations require periodic review and update of these PPPs. PPPs have been used …

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Video Cameras In Resident Rooms

Many residents and their families lack the requisite level of trust important to providing care in the long term care setting. This sentiment can be evidenced by family members’ requests for video cameras in resident rooms. Facilities are now learning how to respond to these requests. Texas, New Mexico, Washington, Oklahoma, Illinois and Virginia are the only states to date that have passed legislation on video cameras in resident rooms. In Virginia, the legislature left the particulars to the Department of Health, which is charged with promulgating regulations by July 1, 2017. For the remaining five states, their laws prohibit …

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