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New Healthcare Workplace Safety Prevention Laws Take Effect April 1, 2017, in California

Healthcare employers in California should prepare for a host of new workplace safety requirements, starting this weekend. California’s new healthcare workplace safety prevention law takes effect April 1, 2017.  The scope of the regulation affects almost all health care facilities, medical groups, and several other care facilities including senior care centers, nursing homes, and retirement … Continue Reading

Long-Term Care Facilities: New Rule Imposes Significant Changes, including Bar on Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

Skilled nursing facilities participating in the Medicare program and nursing facilities in the Medicaid program are prohibited from including a mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clause in their contracts with individuals seeking admission to long-term care (LTC) facilities under a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This prohibition and other significant new … Continue Reading

Obamacare Imposes New Compliance Program Requirements for Nursing Facilities

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), also known as Obamacare, all nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities must have a compliance and ethics program that contains certain statutorily-required elements by March 23, 2013. The program must be effective in preventing and detecting criminal, civil, and administrative violations under PPACA and … Continue Reading

OSHA to Target Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities with Programmed Inspections

OSHA recently announced a new enforcement program targeting nursing home and residential care facilities.  The program, effective a week-and-a-half ago, focuses OSHA compliance officers on inspecting nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  More info. is available on Jackson Lewis’ OSHA Law Blog at the following link: http://www.oshalawblog.com/… Continue Reading

Labor Board Considering Change to Long-Term Care Bargaining Units to Promote Unionization

In a move seen to make union organizing easier, the National Labor Relations Board has signaled it may be changing its  standards for long-term healthcare bargaining units so that narrow groups of nursing and assisted living facility employees can be approved for NLRB elections and collective bargaining.  It has invited interested parties to file amicus … Continue Reading
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