Nursing Home Use of Ancillary Businesses Spur State Action on Financial Transparency – With Forensic Audits

As financial transparency continues to be one of the top nursing home reform initiatives of state and federal officials, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has taken this push one step further with the potential use of forensic audits. Gov. Lamont introduced a bill to authorize the use of forensic audits when the state Department of Social […]

Staffing Shortages Cause Survey Backlog for Half of Connecticut SNFs, in Tandem With More Immediate Jeopardy Cases

Surveyors in Connecticut are failing to conduct routine inspections in about half of the state’s 203 nursing homes, with serious violations on the rise over the past year-and-a-half. That’s according to a review by the CT Mirror of state data, which found 95 of Connecticut SNFs are overdue for recertification inspections. Facilities should receive recertification […]

Connecticut Latest State to Propose Higher Staffing Ratios, Transparency for SNFs – But Without Funding Support

Following states like Illinois and New York, Connecticut is the latest state to introduce a bill aimed at transforming staffing and requiring transparency changes among area nursing homes. Proposed changes would apply to the more than 200 nursing homes across the state. One change involves boosting minimum staffing hours from 3 to 4.1 per person […]

Nursing Homes Expected to Take Post-Acute Patients Regardless of COVID Status in Connecticut

In the wake of rising COVID-19 case counts, Connecticut is looking to post-acute providers for help with its overflowing hospitals. The state currently faces one of its worst COVID surges since the pandemic began with the state’s seven-day positivity rate at 22.69% as of last Friday, the highest rate reported since widespread testing began in […]

Multiple States Take Steps to Shield Nursing Homes From Liability Amid COVID-19 — But Rules Vary

Health care providers across the continuum have grappled with major challenges in providing care for patients with COVID-19, and several states have taken steps to shield them from lawsuits related to care provided during the national emergency. Skilled nursing facilities are often included in those liability protections, but the extent to which the protections apply […]

Officials Offer Financial Incentives for COVID-Focused SNFs Ahead of Peak Cases: ‘It’s a Race at This Point’

Nursing homes in Connecticut will get a 10%, “across-the-board increase” in their Medicaid reimbursements — with operators that volunteer to turn their facilities into dedicated COVID-19 treatment facilities eligible for even greater financial benefits — as the state scrambles to respond to the growing crisis. The office of Gov. Ned Lamont made the announcement on […]

Nursing Home Strike Threat Drives Momentum for Medicaid Rate Boosts

The looming specter of a strike at nursing homes in Connecticut has prompted leaders in the state to support increases to daily Medicaid rates for institutional care. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont this week expressed support for three Medicaid rate boosts through 2021, a move that the CT Mirror — which first reported the news — […]