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CMS issues emergency preparedness rule

September 9, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found current preparedness regulations were not comprehensive enough to address the complexities of emergency preparedness. The agency has issued new requirements that follow industry best practices for each...

CMS gives hospitals extension to meet new fire safety codes

June 22, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it will not begin surveying for compliance with the 2012 fire safety codes until November. The July 5 ruling still applies when considering which code chapters facilities must comply with. 

Texas assisted living residents displaced by flooding

April 20, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Rising floodwaters prompted an evacuation of Atria Cypresswood after historic flooding in the Houston area.  

Md. retirement community made the most of Jonas

January 28, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

We’ve seen the images and, in some cases, experienced Winter Storm Jonas firsthand. But here’s one snow story you haven’t seen.

Tornado damage causes whirlwind for LTC residents

January 15, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Nursing home and memory care residents were moved to another facility until repairs can be made. Both facilities are owned by the same company but operate under different state regulations. The facility accepting evacuees doesn’t accept Medicaid, causing a...

How prepared is your SNF for emergencies?

January 13, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A state survey of Ohio's nursing homes holds lessons for others on disaster preparedness—including practicing what's on paper.

Staff training on fire safety

December 22, 2015  |  Stan Szpytek

There's more to fires than just putting them out. Fire protection systems need to be properly installed and maintained, and staff needs to be properly trained in emergency procedures.

$5M lawsuit filed in Ga. retirement community fire

December 10, 2015  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The legal troubles continue over the June fire at Marshall Square Retirement Community, Evans, Ga., which killed one resident and displaced more than 80, as a new lawsuit alleges flawed management and a dangerous "shelter in place" policy.

Powering up for power outages

October 29, 2015  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Short power outages can wreak havoc on a skilled nursing facility's processes and ability to care for residents. Long outages can be devastating. These tips can help you beef up your preparedness.

150 seniors evacuated from W. Hollywood floods

July 21, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The 134-unit senior apartment building was flooded by heavy rain on Sunday.

HHS launches online tool for disaster readiness

July 2, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal

The tool helps plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home.


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