Think Tank to Congress: Ban Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes

Citing research showing lapses in staffing and care quality, a think tank on Friday released a report calling on Congress to ban all private equity investment in nursing homes. The Roosevelt Institute specifically asked lawmakers to subject all nursing home transactions to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval in order to weed out “private equity […]

CMS: Vaccinated Nursing Home Staff No Longer Need Routine Testing

The federal government on Tuesday clarified that fully vaccinated staff members at nursing homes do not have to submit to routine COVID-19 testing, though both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents and workers must still receive tests if they show signs of infection or in the event of an outbreak. “Upon identification of a single new case […]

Shrinking to Grow: Inside Masonicare’s Plan to Downsize Skilled Nursing While Boosting Home Care

It could be the next major trend in long-term and post-acute care, with benefits for both residents and operators: downsizing bed counts to better match demand and provide higher quality care. Masonicare, a non-profit health system based in Connecticut, became the latest operator to make headlines with a plan to relinquish beds at its skilled […]

CDC: Group Activities, Dining Can Resume in Nursing Homes for Vaccinated Residents

The federal government cracked open another window toward pre-COVID normalcy in nursing homes on Tuesday with new guidance approving communal dining and activities for fully vaccinated residents. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) stressed that the new guidance only applies if every person in the dining or activity room has been fully vaccinated […]

Biden Admin: COVID ‘Exposed What a Problem We Have on Our Hands’ with Nursing Homes

While short on specifics, President Biden’s top spokesperson last week indicated a desire to move forward on nursing home reform efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “There’s no question from the president’s standpoint [about] the impact on seniors that we’ve seen happen in facilities around the country, especially in the early days of […]

Why SNF-at-Home Programs Could Provide a Path Forward for Traditional Nursing Home Operators

Even before the pandemic, executives at onehome saw opportunity in developing a robust rehab program that could provide a skilled nursing facility level of care at home. The Miramar, Fla.-based home health provider and convener partners primarily with managed Medicare insurers, with limited traditional fee-for-service Medicare or Medicaid business lines; instead, onehome opts for risk-sharing […]

CDC: Low Rates of COVID Symptoms, Deaths Among Vaccinated Nursing Home Residents Show Urgency of Shots

A review of data from Chicago nursing homes found that fully vaccinated residents and staff accounted for just 4% of COVID-19 infections recorded since the start of the federal vaccine rollout, with just a single resident death — and no secondary transmission within facilities. The findings, published by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention […]

Fresh Off Acquisition, American Health Partners Plots Diverse Post-Acute Growth — With SNFs at Center

Even before the pandemic, American Health Partners saw growth potential by expanding beyond a core of skilled nursing facilities. The Franklin, Tenn.-based firm operates 29 SNFs through its American Health Care arm, but it also provides a wide range of other services, from home health and hospice to psychiatric care to a nurse practitioner organization. […]

CDC: Vaccines Helped Curb Impact of Nursing Home COVID Outbreak Set Off by Unvaccinated Worker

Despite a 90.4% resident vaccination rate, a nursing home in Kentucky suffered a COVID-19 outbreak that resulted in 44 resident infections and three deaths after an unvaccinated worker contracted and spread the virus, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) determined in a new report released Wednesday. Despite the fact that the outbreak was […]

CMS Proposes $444M Medicare Boost for Nursing Homes, Calls Out ‘Unintended’ $1.7B PDPM Gain

The federal government on Thursday announced a proposed 1.3% boost to nursing home Medicare reimbursements for fiscal 2022, while also raising the specter of a potential adjustment to the new Patient-Driven Payment Model. That increase from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) works out to a total gain of $444 million, according to […]

Infection Control Immediate Jeopardy Citations Tripled in 2020 — and Nursing Homes Should Expect Even More

In the days before the full onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. in 2020, the federal government announced that it was reorienting all nursing home inspections to focus on infection control. The announcement on March 4 directed all inspections of skilled nursing facilities to focus on compliance with the Centers for Medicare & […]

Biden Pitches $400B Plan to Expand Medicaid Coverage of Home-Based Care Options

President Biden on Wednesday proposed a $400 billion plan designed to significantly bolster Medicaid coverage of long-term care outside of institutional settings, marking the first concrete step toward achieving a central campaign promise to support caregivers and expand access to home-based care. Pitched as part of a $2 trillion infrastructure package dubbed “the American Jobs […]

Collaboration Between Physicians, Nursing Home Staff Should Not End With the COVID-19 Emergency

The COVID-19 emergency overturned nursing home operations overnight in almost every respect, notably with regard to the provision of clinical care. And according to a panel of physicians who work in the nursing home setting, some of those changes should stick around, even after the public health emergency finally comes to a close. Namely, they […]

House Hearing Scrutinizes ‘Horror’ of Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes

For the second time in as many weeks, federal lawmakers scrutinized private equity investment in nursing homes as the probes into the COVID-19 disaster in long-term care continue to intensify. “How many grandmothers and grandfathers died because profits were prized above lives, with our taxpayer dollars funding this?” Rep. Bill Pascrell, who chairs the House […]

Despite Plummeting Rates, 437 Nursing Homes Reported First COVID Cases in 2021 — After Start of Vaccine Clinics

The COVID-19 vaccination clinics that started rolling out in late December brought swift, substantial drops in infection and death rates in nursing homes, but a new report warns that it’s far too soon to declare victory over the virus in post-acute and long-term care. In fact, 437 nursing facilities across the country reported their very […]

Nursing Home Staff Willingness to Take Vaccine Jumps 94% Since December

Vaccine hesitancy among nursing home and senior living workers has substantially declined since the first shots received emergency approval last December, according to a new industry survey. About 62% of post-acute and senior living workers polled by software firm OnShift indicated that they would be willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, up from 32% in […]