Around the country, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the federal government. But all too often the packages deliver disappointment — if they arrive at all.
The new coronavirus has killed 24 people from seven Oregon senior care homes, accounting for just under half of all deaths in the state attributed to the infection, according to numbers state officials released Saturday.
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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.
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
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.
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.
In 2012, Parkview Healthcare Center’s history of safety violations led California regulators to issue an ultimatum reserved for the most dangerous nursing homes.
This week I answered a grab bag of questions from readers about premium tax credit repayments for marketplace plans, out-of-network emergency care and nursing home bills.
April 11, 2013 — A plan put forward by Gov. John Kitzhaber could save long-term healthcare costs by reducing the number of half-empty nursing homes around the state through financial carrots and sticks to providers.