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By Peggy Morrison, 07/01/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has established a COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes with the expectation that all nursing homes are inspected to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. According to Quality Certification &...
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By Christine Olmsted, 06/30/2020
The energy industry is one of the top 10 industries targeted for cyberattacks. Increased use of automation systems and the migration of sensitive information to the cloud has helped oil and gas companies become more connected and competitive but these new technologies have also opened the door to cyber criminals...
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By Andy Engardio, 06/23/2020
Great news for motor carriers - the FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) will be pulling “Not Preventable Crashes” out of your CSA scores! Motor carriers participating in the CPDP will see their Safety Measurement System (SMS) information change within 60 days after the...
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By Cathy Knopf BSN, RN, 06/17/2020
After many months of closure, the nation is beginning to open. With this in mind, the Director of Quality, Safety and Oversight Group for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality issued a memo providing recommendations for state and local officials to utilize while determining the level of mitigation needed...
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By Gina Ekstam, 06/15/2020
As a result of the pandemic, agribusiness operations face additional pressures and are: Rethinking and re-routing product delivery around restrictions Increasing direct or on-farm sales Refocusing resources (e.g., distilleries making hand sanitizer) Adjusting to new rules in order to continue operations...
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By Brock Baldwin, 06/02/2020
Let’s assume you’re a federal contractor and you’ve found the perfect job to bid. You’re capable and competitive so it should be a cake walk. Not so much. The only issue is that the solicitation says that performance and payment bonds will be required. If you’ve never been bonded...
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By Guy Sansom, 05/27/2020
Ever since ship owners first started meeting at Edward Lloyd’s coffee house over 300 years ago, insurance in London, particularly Lloyd’s, has been conducted on a face-to-face basis. In truth, this has provided London underwriters and brokers a distinct advantage. No matter the size or complexity of a...
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By Cathy Knopf, 05/26/2020
The 2020 monthly webinars focus on best practice approaches, regulatory updates, operational and risk management techniques to help senior living communities better care for their residents and staff while protecting their business. We invite you to join our specialists at these upcoming exclusive...
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By Ashley Johnson, Lisa Salter, 05/18/2020
While COVID-19 continues to impact our economy, business income coverage, sometimes referred to as business interruption coverage, has become a widely popular topic in the insurance industry. As many business owners struggle to keep their businesses afloat, several questions have emerged on how insurance policies...
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Under normal circumstances, maintaining appropriate nursing staff levels to deliver quality resident care is a daily struggle. Add in severe weather, flu outbreak or a pandemic and the scales are tipped. Traditionally, senior living healthcare communities shy away from utilizing agency nursing staff due to high...
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Why is No One Talking About this Study?
05/30/2018

Several years ago, legislation was passed, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. In this act, it was recommended that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) fund a study to evaluate the Safety Management System (SMS). In a recent issue of Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement, a study by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, detailed their findings. These findings have fallen silent.  We haven’t heard anything about the study, opinions expressed, or the potential implications.  As you continue to develop your understanding of industry regulations, this study should be a prerequisite to anyone looking to stay ahead of the crowd.

Based on the publication, the study was tasked with analyzing the following;

  • The ability of SMS measures to discriminate between low and high-risk carriers
  • Assess the public view and usage of SMS
  • Review the data and methodology used to calculate the measures
  • Provide advice on additional data collection and safety assessment methodologies

Have you heard of the results of their study?  If you have been around long enough, you may remember the change from SaferStat to SMS, and how that was far reaching. The implications and potential changes recommended demonstrate another large leap forward is coming.  The days of staying under the radar, flying by night, and manipulating mileage and vehicle statistics to show more favorable percentiles in a CSA Basic score, will be long gone.  As the industry demands safer results, and technology allows for more oversight on performance, what additional data will be collected and consumed by those who demand it?  Based on this study, expectations can be pegged somewhere between pretty much everything to most anything. 

If you or your company have questions or concerns regarding the future of regulations, you should speak with a professional who understands The Fast Act of 2015.  AssuredPartners Transportation professionals understand the regulations and can help.  To learn more, visit AssuredPartners Transportation.