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Feds Slash Quality Improvement Funding For Nursing Homes

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Federal authorities have drastically cut contracts for quality improvement work for nursing homes and other facilities that cater to an older, vulnerable Medicare population, forcing layoffs in Oregon and nearby states and a scaling back of hands-on assistance.

1,400 Nursing Homes Get Lower Medicare Ratings Because of Staffing Concerns

Medicare lowered the ratings of one in 11 of the nation's nursing homes, about 1,400 facilities, because they didn't have enough registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data.

Medicare has lowered its star ratings for staffing levels in 1 in 11 of the nation’s nursing homes — almost 1,400 of them — because they either had inadequate numbers of registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data that proved they had the required nursing coverage, federal records release

House Overwhelmingly Passes Six-Year Extension to Nursing Home Tax

The Oregon Health Care Association lobbied to for an early vote to extend the tax to 2026, providing stability to their businesses and the state. The tax raises about $70 million a year for vulnerable seniors.

The Oregon House of Representatives voted 53 to 3 to renew the tax on nursing home facilities by six years, extending the tax through 2026.

Nursing Home Disaster Plans Often Faulted As ‘Paper Tigers’

It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes.

Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston, according to an examination of federal inspection records. Those homes rarely face severe reprimands, records show, even when inspectors identify repeated lapses.


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