Congress is taking an interest in how quality of care changes when private equity firms purchase nursing homes, and an investigation is under way.
The Biden administration's proposed overhaul of nursing home care would require mandating adequate staffing levels for all homes without bankrupting those that can’t afford far higher labor costs.
The future of nursing homes is deeply uncertain, with more than 300 closures in 2020 and 2021 and 54% operating at a financial loss.
In the Cincinnati area, nursing home administrators blame low Medicaid reimbursements rates to the loss of entry-level employees.
California is the only state on the West Coast that is loosening rules so that families can visit their loved ones who are in care.
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