‘Harmful Yet Largely Invisible:’ Resident Fear of Staff Highlighted in Recent Report

Nursing home residents say they fear retaliation from staff for voicing their concerns – and asking for care and services to which they’re entitled – leading to unnecessary emotional, psychological and physical harm. Exacerbated workforce challenges play a big role in staff-resident relationships, as staff are “put in a position to fail residents” due to […]

States With Lowest Nursing Home Staff Hours Reflect Pressing Industry Issue

Federal data shows that staffing levels dropped 7.8% since the first quarter of 2021, and both Illinois and Missouri fell below 3 nursing staff hours per resident day. That’s according to a report from the Long-Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC) using data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided by nursing homes.  National […]

‘Stop Blaming Nursing Homes’: Biden’s Proposed Reforms Garner Mixed Reactions

The Biden administration’s announcement of expansive nursing home reform on Monday elicited varied responses from industry trade groups and advocacy organizations. Groups representing skilled nursing providers expressed particular concern that the reforms would impose stricter expectations without providing the needed resources to meet new mandates related to staffing minimums and other proposed requirements. The reforms, […]

‘CMS is Watching’: Changing Therapy Patterns Raise Concerns About Skilled Nursing Audits, Care Quality

The first week of the new Medicare payment model for nursing homes has brought stories of rapidly shifting therapy patterns among some providers, and voices from the consulting and advocacy worlds are warning that any sudden movements could cause adverse effects — both immediately and down the road. The advent of the Patient-Driven Payment Model […]

Group Warns U.N. of ‘Widespread’ Anti-Psychotic Abuse in Nursing Homes

Inappropriate anti-psychotic drug use in U.S. nursing homes is “widespread” and requires immediate action, a report submitted to the United Nations alleges. The Long-Term Care Community Coalition (LTCC) submitted the report last week as an update to a 2015 look at anti-psychotic use in nursing homes, finding little change since the non-profit last tackled the […]

Registered Nurse Staffing Falls Short in Most Nursing Homes

Most nursing homes report registered nurse (RN) staffing levels at half an hour per resident day or less, highlighting the labor shortage that’s affecting most of the senior care industry. Seventy percent of nursing homes reported RN care at or below 30 minutes per day, while 82% of nursing homes reported total direct care staffing […]