With Covid Cases on the Rise in Nursing Homes, Related Deaths Up 80% in August

Covid cases and deaths saw a dramatic jump in August, following a pattern of consistent increases over the summer. This is according to the latest data issued Thursday by the AARP Nursing Home Covid-19 Dashboard, which tracks monthly data on the number of Covid cases, Covid-related deaths and vaccination records. “After months of decline from […]

SNF Staffing Shortages ‘Not Relieved as Expected’ Following Florida’s Expansion of Minimum Staffing Criteria

Legislative efforts to expand the types of positions that count toward Florida’s minimum staffing ratio seem to have backfired somewhat, as overall staffing levels in the state’s 700 nursing homes have declined within the past two years. That’s according to a report published by AARP Florida, which found that staffing levels dropped from 4.74 hours […]

Couldn’t Have Happened at a Worse Time: Nursing Homes Struggle to Increase Booster Rates as Covid Surges

As nursing home operators find themselves in the middle of a tripledemic – with Covid-19 cases, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the flu on the rise during winter months – concerted efforts to get staff and residents boosted against Covid have fallen by the wayside. And nursing home operators dealing with staffing shortages and burnout, […]

New Bill Seeks to Give Medicare Patients More Choice With Home Care

A new bill before Congress — the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 — received support on both sides of the aisle when it was introduced on Thursday, though one of the loudest voices in the long-term care lobby is disappointed to see it move forward. In a statement released on Thursday, the American Health […]

Nursing Homes in Every State Report PPE Shortages, With Up to 60% Lacking a Week’s Supply

While there’s considerable variation between states, a new analysis of public data on Wednesday showed that nursing homes have reported some form of personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage in every state within the last month. The AARP released a new set of nursing home COVID-19 data on Wednesday, containing statistics on COVID-19 cases and deaths […]

Cost of Nursing Facility Care Out of Reach for Most Older Adults

The cost of nursing facility care is out of reach for many middle-income families, which can lead to dependence on Medicaid for long-term care, according to the AARP’s Across the States 2018 report. The report offers a profile of long-term services and supports (LTSS) in the U.S., using a range of data sources. For the […]

Seniors Increasingly Open to Medical Marijuana Use

An overwhelming majority of older Americans support the use of marijuana as directed by a doctor — despite significant barriers to medically supervised cannabis in long-term care. About 80% of adults aged 50 to 80 told a team from the University of Michigan and AARP that they either strongly or somewhat support doctor-overseen pot use, […]

AARP: ‘Critical Gaps and Inequalities’ for Minnesota SNF Residents

A new report aims to address the issue of elder abuse in Minnesota after the revelation of hundreds of cases of crime and neglect in the state’s senior care centers. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton asked AARP Minnesota to convene a consumer working group in response to a series of articles by the Minneapolis Star Tribune […]

Nursing Homes Can Set Themselves Apart from Competitors on Flu Vaccines

Average isn’t good enough when it comes to influenza vaccination rates among staffers at nursing homes, a new poll suggests. The survey, from the National Poll on Healthy Aging and conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, found significant support among people over age 50 for a flu vaccine requirement for […]

States See Progress in Long-Term Care, But Still Can Improve

With both health care costs and the age of the U.S. population rising, states are caught between the needs of elder care and the necessity of restraining spending. The SCAN Foundation’s Pacesetter Prize, created this year, is aimed at recognizing the states that have risen to the challenge by improving long-term services and support (LTSS) for […]

Lawsuit Alleges Growing Trend of Improper Discharges at CA SNFs

At 83 years old, California resident Gloria Single is shining a light on what she and her allies believe is a growing issue at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in the state: the illegal “dumping,” or eviction, of residents. In March 2017, Single was evicted from Pioneer House in Sacramento, with no warning. Pioneer House—a SNF […]

It’s Official: Senate Health Plan Slashes Medicaid Deeper Than House

The U.S. Senate on Thursday released the long-awaited details of its Obamacare repeal plan, confirming rumors that it would see the House’s plan to cut Medicaid spending and raise it — potentially spelling trouble for skilled nursing operators. Medicaid remains the single largest payer for skilled nursing services in the United States, shelling out $55 billion to SNFs […]

Senate’s Medicaid Plan Could Cut Deeper Than House Bill

The Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act may include an even more austere future for Medicaid spending than the House’s vision of $800 billion in cuts over the next decade. Medicaid is the largest payer for long-term care nationally, and skilled nursing providers are watching the evolving legislation closely — though it remains unclear what […]

Long-Term Nursing Home Stays Decline in 35 States

Most states throughout the U.S. have reduced long-term nursing home stays for Medicare beneficiaries, though the numbers vary significantly. That’s according to a new “State Scorecard” report from AARP, the SCAN Foundation and Commonwealth Fund, which examined the factors that determine long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities. AARP released similar reports in 2011 and 2014. The […]

AARP: Medicaid to Dry Up for Seniors Under Trumpcare

The American Health Care Act would gradually constrict skilled nursing and other health providers’ ability to care for Medicaid patients over the coming decades, especially as the proportion of Medicaid recipients aged 85 and older increases, a new report from AARP alleges. The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group’s concern stems from the AHCA’s mandate to shift […]