Several Husch Blackwell attorneys contributed to the publication of the newest American Health Lawyers Association publication, “Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk, and Compliance Issues.” The handbook extensively addresses the issues affecting the industry.

Husch Blackwell attorney Emily Park served as a chapter editor, and Jim Miles and Barb Miltenberger served as editors.

Park wrote a chapter covering formal admission agreements in long-term care facilities. The chapter describes how such agreements are used as traditional contracts in which the parties privately negotiate the terms of their relationship, to provide important information to the residents and their families, and as a tool for the facility to comply with certain federal and state requirements. The focus of the chapter are the elements of a good agreement and potential pitfalls. The chapter gives great attention to two common issues addressed by the courts: who are the proper parties to the agreement and arbitration provisions.

The handbook also covers:
• The evolution of the nursing home survey process
• Residents’ rights and facility practices
• The importance of nursing facility agreements
• Compliance issues, including federal and state reimbursement requirements
• Facilities’ ability to challenge enforcement remedies imposed against them
• Fraud and abuse issues that affect the industry
• Development of new systems and relationships that respond to incentives under the Affordable Care Act

For more information or to order, visit the AHLA bookstore or call 800-533-1637.