After several weeks of a joint investigation by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Beaufort Unit and the DHEC Shellfish Division, two individuals who were illegally harvesting and selling oysters in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area were apprehended.
On March 17, 10 bushels of adulterated oysters were seized from the scene, and 10 summons and 2 warnings were issued to the two individuals. This illegal trade puts the citizens at risk due to the health standards not being involved in the process.
DHEC’s Healthcare Quality would like to remind all nursing homes that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment (CMP) Program is an amazing funding opportunity to apply for that can provide aid and resources to nursing home facilities in South Carolina.
CMP funds may be used for, but not limited to, the following:
Activities that protect or improve the quality of care or quality of life for residents
Facility improvement initiatives, such as training or technical assistance
Assistance to support and protect residents of a facility that closes or is decertified
Culture change/quality of life
Projects that support resident and family councils and other consumer involvement in assuring quality care in facilities
Resident transition due to facility closure or downsizing
COVID-19 specific funding for virtual technology, such as iPads and tablets
COVID-19 specific funding for tents and shelters for outdoor visitation