The Hurricane Ima weather disaster claimed the lives of nine nursing home residents in Florida who died as a result of lack of A/C due to power outages and non-working backup generators. In Texas, Hurricane Harvey brought attention to the fact that an El Paso, Texas, nursing home had no plan for how to bring wheelchair-dependent people down flights of stairs, while many others had to wade through waist-deep floodwaters to exit the facilities. As a result of these disturbing occurrences, … [Read more...] about Nursing Home Disaster Preparation Under Scrutiny, Evaluated by Senators
Provider Letter No. 17-17 - DADS addresses Civil Money Penalty projects(CMP) regarding the documentation regarding the status of their project and the monitoring of the performance of the contract deliverables as indicated in Attachment C to the contract, Special Conditions for CMP Funded Contracts, section 4.01, Measurement. If your facility has applied and been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to receive CMP funds, your facility is subject to unannounced … [Read more...] about Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Projects are Subject to Unannounced Visits to Ensure Project Implementation
Music therapy is one of the methods that health facilities and providers are researching which may be beneficial to people with disabilities living in long-term intermediate care facilities. The Music & Memory initiative for Dementia patients began in 2015 as a way to improve and build upon the quality of life for those nursing home residents. The music and memory program's first two phases included a roll-out at 250 nursing homes in Texas. The program is executed by using Apple iPods or … [Read more...] about CMS to add 200 more facilities to the Music & Memory Program in Texas. Latest expansion to include 165 more nursing homes.