Skin Care: Nursing Care Found Substandard, Court Upholds Civil Monetary Penalties

October 2004
Legal Eagle Eye Newsletter for the Nursing Profession;Oct2004, Vol. 12 Issue 10, p3
The article reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a civil monetary penalty of $10,500 levied by state department of health surveyors who inspected the long term care facility on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for violations of the CMS participation requirements relating to pressure sores. The Court rejected the argument that pressure sores on a resident's leg were clinically unavoidable due to her medical condition which placed her at high risk for skin breakdown.


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