Risk Management Practices at the Arbors Long-Term Care Community
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The paper briefly describes the Arbors at Port Warwick, a luxurious long-term care community that includes everything necessary for healthy, independent retirement living. The paper is based on an interview with Director of Health Oversight, Sandra Clemons, the primary on-site manager of the healthcare services at the Arbors, quotes her views on the significance of risk management, the manager's healthcare responsibilities, the different facets of regulatory and legal compliance and the need to maintain appropriate levels of security. The paper also notes that besides good practice and awareness of state and federal regulation, no factor may contribute more to reduction of risk than communication.
From the Paper:"At the Arbors and in long-term care in general, there is no more significant aspect of health care than risk management. It is the primary criteria in all decision-making with respect to patient care. Risk management refers to the practice of examining the risks involved in patient care and addressing any subsequent exposure. "Evaluating the risks as compared to the benefits directs most decision-making here," says Ms. Clemons. "This is the basic framework of our decision-making here. If we know all the risks with each patient, we can make appropriate decisions." Effective identification of risk leads to having a plan in place when the course of a patient's health trajectory suffers. In this manner, says Ms. Clemons, there are "no surprises." Risk management can incorporate reviewing health care policies on a macro level scale or assessing prescription medication for individuals on an individual basis (McNamara, 1999)
"Ms. Clemons also serves as compliance coordinator in her role as Director of Health Oversight. In doing so, she ensures that the health and human services operations at the Arbors are in compliance with state and federal standards and regulations, in the promotion of general safety and health. She supervises all medical facilities and practices, and is responsible for a working knowledge of all relevant regulations. She provides training and works cross-functionally with all nurse practitioners, the attending physician and all medical personnel to make sure that appropriate records and documentation of the laws that govern health care are available and completely up-to-date."
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