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By Brian Lindahl, 09/24/2020
As senior living providers prepare for approaching renewal periods, we wanted to provide an update on our view of the changing marketplace. This will aid you and your team in determining your risk tolerance appetite and preparing your budgets for potential increased costs and decreased coverage. Unfortunately,...
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By Brian Lindahl, 09/15/2020
As an insurance and risk management partner to hundreds of assisted living communities across the country, we would like to extend an extra special “Thank You” to our assisted living clients for providing essential care and services to those in need. In appreciation of all that you and your team...
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By Kristy Dickens, 08/17/2020
Often, when a facility receives a request for a copy of a resident’s medical records, complying with that request is a fairly straightforward process. Other times, balancing the requirements set forth by HIPAA (and complementary state regulations) with an individual’s rights to access and/or receive...
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By Mark Holt, 08/03/2020
N-95 masks have been the subject of increased focus by OSHA. These masks were originally designed for industrial use in sectors such as mining, construction, painting and manufacturing. Designed to filter out airborne particulates, they have a logical place in the healthcare setting to control airborne diseases...
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Growing rates of healthcare workers are experiencing physical and psychological injury as a result of workplace violence related to resident care. A staggering 95% of healthcare workers have reported exposure to aggression. However, research has found that workplace violence is underreported, signifying that...
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By Peggy Morrison, 07/01/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has established a COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes with the expectation that all nursing homes are inspected to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. According to Quality Certification &...
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By Cathy Knopf BSN, RN, 06/17/2020
After many months of closure, the nation is beginning to open. With this in mind, the Director of Quality, Safety and Oversight Group for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality issued a memo providing recommendations for state and local officials to utilize while determining the level of mitigation needed...
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Response to the novel coronavirus has increased demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during a time when supply chain interruptions are occurring across the nation, affecting both acute and senior living healthcare providers. As the number of persons infected with COVID-19 has continued to rise, and as...
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By Cathy Knopf, 05/26/2020
The 2020 monthly webinars focus on best practice approaches, regulatory updates, operational and risk management techniques to help senior living communities better care for their residents and staff while protecting their business. We invite you to join our specialists at these upcoming exclusive...
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By Ashley Johnson, Lisa Salter, 05/18/2020
While COVID-19 continues to impact our economy, business income coverage, sometimes referred to as business interruption coverage, has become a widely popular topic in the insurance industry. As many business owners struggle to keep their businesses afloat, several questions have emerged on how insurance policies...
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Protect Your Business from Distracted Driving
10/13/2016

As the years progress from the days of the Model T, we see that there are more and more distractions for drivers. Living in a technological world where cell phones are part of everyday, distractions are at an all-time high. Is texting while driving any different than drinking and driving?

They both are a distraction and impair your reaction time.

A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute revealed that drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. To address this growing issue, lawmakers are proposing the use of a Textalyzer –the digital equivalent to a breathalyzer. Police would administer the Textalyzer when they arrive at the scene of the crash to determine if there was any phone activity during the time of the crash.

So what could this mean for your employees who drive on company business if the Textalyzer passes in your state? For example, a home healthcare nurse is on his way to meet a patient, he receives a text from the patient saying they’ll have to reschedule. Looking down to respond, he runs a red light and a vehicle clips his car. A Textalyzer administered at the crash site would reveal that the nurse was on his phone at the time of the crash, which would result in whatever penalties the state sets for that offense, such as fines, points on his license, or worse, if anyone was injured.

You can protect your business from claims caused by distracted driving by holding a safety program or driver training. AssuredPartners senior living experts can help you implement these programs to keep your traveling employees safe on the road.  Visit AssuredPartners Senior Living to learn more.

Source: CNA