Other Legal Issues
In this section, we cover such issues as pharmaceuticals in long-term care facilities, the red flags rule relating to identify theft and other assorted court cases and legal issues that involve aging services.
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The period of time for hospices to qualify for an "extraordinary circumstance" exemption when they believe the nursing shortage has affected their ability to hire sufficient numbers of nurses directly has been extended until Sept. 30, 2016, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Office of the Investigator General released a proposed rule to apply safe
harbor criteria equally to all eligible entities offering the eligible forms of
free or discounted local transportation services. However, the OIG is
considering whether to exclude free transportation to referral sources by home health agencies from safe harbor treatment.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is permitting a categorical waiver to allow for use of power strips in resident care areas that use line-operated, patient-care-related electrical equipment in both new and existing healthcare facilities if the provider is in compliance with applicable 2012 Life Safety Code (LSC) power strip requirements and with the 1999 NFPA 99 and 2000 LSC electrical system and equipment provisions.
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, a coalition in which LeadingAge has played an active role, has exceeded its goal to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes by 15%. Between the end of 2011 and the end of 2013, use of the drugs had decreased from 23.8% to 20.2% nationwide.
The long-awaited final rule governing the disposal of controlled substances was published by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Sept. 9. The rule becomes effective on Oct. 9.