January 2015 ushers in changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five Star Quality Rating System with the focus being on staffing practices in long-term and post-acute care facilities. These changes have been brought about by recent reports stating that the 55% of nursing homes with a 4 or 5 star […]
Attorneys of Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP successfully defended Bellevue Public Schools in a whistle-blower wrongful termination claim brought by a former employee. Further details about the case can be found in the Omaha World-Herald article and the decision.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the time spent waiting to undergo end of shift security screenings are not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA an activity is compensable if the activity is integral and indispensable to the principal activities that the employee is hired to perform. The Court stated that for the […]
The sweeping immigration plan (“plan”) to overhaul the nation’s immigration system will significantly alter the lives of 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country and protect 5 million of those undocumented immigrants from deportation.
“Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I’m describing is […]
In a case alleging that Isabella Geriatric Center (“IGC”) was too aggressive in asking immigrant workers to provide documentation, the nursing home has agreed to pay $14,500 in civil penalties to the United States; undergo training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA; establish a back pay fund to compensate potential economic victims; revise […]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made revisions to twenty F-Tags in the State Operations Manual (SOM). The changes reflect the Survey and Certification (S&C) policy memos issued from October 2003 through May 2014.
CMS states it is committed to revising and updating the SOM which includes clarifications to guidelines and changes […]
This is a valid question that’s often on the minds of victims dealing with personal injury. An accident and injury can often be a life-changing event that places a person’s life in turmoil overnight. In Nebraska, the goal of damages is to put the injured person in the same position as he or she […]
Do you know where your work laptop is? Do you get work e-mail on your smartphone? Are both sufficiently password protected? What about your business associates? Do you believe they sufficiently protect all protected health information they have in their possession? It would probably be a good idea to take another look at […]
In Mississippi, a man obtained access to the continuing care retirement community where a U.S. State Senator’s wife was being cared for due to dementia. The man, Clayton Kelly, took an unauthorized photograph of the Senator’s wife. He then used that photograph in a video that he used in his political blog to […]
On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Governor Dave Heineman vetoed LB 916, which would have eliminated the requirements that nurse practitioners enter into integrated practice agreements with physicians. They would still be required to work collaboratively with physicians and other care providers. The bill would have changed provisions to credentialing and regulation of nurse […]