Nursing Home laws, regulations and licensing
While nursing homes do good work to provide care for the elderly, nursing homes are still businesses. These types of healthcare businesses, nursing homes, are subject to strict laws. Patient families, plaintiff nursing home abuse lawyers and governments entities keep a watchful eye on nursing homes. Since the practice of healthcare changes constantly, so do the laws. This is why the healthcare lawyers at The Weaver Law Firm has the ability to stay up to date about the law. This is why our Texas law firm is ready to advise nursing homes in need of consultation.
Is your office keeping up to date on new insurance legislation? Will you be able to advise your staff, employee, officers and directors about the effects and interpretation of new laws? State and federal regulation on business operations affect nursing home operations. Nursing home and long-term acute care facilities require licenses to operate. They also require pharmacy licenses and the approval of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). An experienced healthcare lawyer at The Weaver Law Firm can counsel healthcare companies regulated by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). The Weaver Law Firm can provide assistance in the development and execution of regulatory compliance methods in order to satisfy TDI reequipments.
The Weaver based out of Houston, Texas can represent nursing homes in all types of federal and state regulatory and administrative matters. The Weaver Law Firm can assist in assisting nursing home facilities acquire their participation status in Medicare and Texas Medicaid programs. Our healthcare lawyer, Jonathan Wu can assist in obtaining National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers for nursing home facilities. If you are a nursing home business that needs consultation because you have been sued or have a government inquiry, contact an experienced Texas lawyer that understands the rules and laws that apply to nursing homes. Hire an attorney that also understands the healthcare laws that affect the healthcare employees helping the elderly.
A healthcare attorney at The Weaver Law Firm can help represent and advise long term care providers in appeals. In certain situations, nursing homes may find themselves facing administrative and civil monetary penalties. When nursing home facilities are facing potential Medicaid/Medicare terminations and resource utilization audits, this is a severe concern to the operation of their business. These healthcare providers want to avoid license denials and revocations. The best way to avoid this is to defend against Medicaid fraud and payment recoupment matters. An experienced healthcare lawyer can assist in the defense of claims brought against the facility.
The Weaver Law Firm can provide advice to health care facilities including nursing homes. With the proper advice, the healthcare facility can try to avoid losing their license. You need an attorney that can consult the decision makers of your company on the broad topics affecting your business. Not only can The Weaver Law Firm assist on matters pertaining to license terminations, the firm can also assist on land purchase agreements, lease agreements, and other real estate contracts related to the operation of the business. We also act for nursing homes on matters pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid appeals to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Licensing & Enforcement issues before the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
There are licensing standards that an assisted living facility must follow and that are subject to licensure inspections. This relates to the operation and resident care standards. This also relates to the facility construction standards. As a regulatory authority, DADS can conduct inspections and investigations. As the result of the inspection or investigation, DADS can enforce certain actions against the assisted living facility. The Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 247 is the law that applies.
The facilities that are subject to a DADS inspection would be an entity that is required to be licensed under the Assisted Living Facility Licensing Act. This includes assisted living facilities licensed as a Type A, Type B, or Type C facility.
The Weaver Law Firm can assist in annual surveys and plans of correction for deficiencies related to DADS inspections. An experienced healthcare lawyer at the firm can assist with the dispute resolution before DADS. The healthcare lawyer can assist in renewal procedure and understanding qualifications. Our healthcare attorney can assist in understanding the procedures involving relocation or the closing of a facility and the process to obtain the approval from DADS. If your assisted living facility intends to increase capacity, you must first obtain the approval from DADS. You would have to arrange for an inspection and meet licensure requirements. Our healthcare lawyer can assist you planning and preparing for the process.
Have there been any proposed license terminations in the past two years? Do you seek a provisional license? Do you plan to decrease capacity? How many complaints have been filed in the past year? These are questions that may have answers which trigger certain required actions. They may require DADS involvement.
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We understand that your primary goal may be to operate a successful business and a facility that is in compliance and safe in all regards. Our law firm pays attention to details. We work to stay up to date on the laws concerning our clients. And we want to help you. Our attorneys are available to represent clients in Houston, San Antonio, Harris County and the surrounding communities of Texas. We invite you to call us to discuss your needs. Call Jonathan Wu or Richard D. Weaver at The Weaver Law Firm at 713-572-4900. You can email us using this online form.