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“Acuity Level Creep in Assisted Living,” DRI For the Defense

August 2015
Caroline J. Berdzik

“As the average age and debility of residents in assisted living increases, operators and their attorneys are faced with the dilemma of how to care for these residents in assisted living settings while mitigating potential legal exposure,” writes Caroline J. Berdzik, Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Health Care Practice Group.

A recent survey of the long-term care community shows most professionals have witnessed a surge in acuity levels (the amount of care an individual requires based on his or her condition) — while nearly half acknowledged not knowing what to do about it. In this article, Caroline explores the legal, regulatory, and practical aspects of this trend in order to help providers and their counsel understand the risks it presents and take proactive steps to mitigate them.

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