NYT: Why Nursing Homes Get ‘D’ Grade for Lackluster Covid-19 Performance

Even as 60,000 nursing home and long-term care residents died from Covid in the first five months of the pandemic, antiviral treatments for the virus only reached one in five nursing home residents. These grim statistics plagued the sector despite medical guidelines calling for the prompt administering of antiviral treatments to patients that were at […]

Brooks-LaSure Confirmed As First Black Woman to Head CMS

The top officials who will shape the Biden administration’s health policy continue to emerge, as reports indicate that the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been locked in. Biden’s pick, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, was confirmed this week in a 55-44 Senate vote, with five Republicans supporting the confirmation, The New York […]

Verma Pushes Back on Criticism: ‘Administration Took Early, Rapid Action’ on Nursing Homes

After the New York Times editorial board published a piece criticizing the nation’s response to the effects of COVID-19 on nursing homes, the head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) raised several objections on behalf of the Trump administration. “The administration took early, rapid action: We issued infection control guidance to prepare […]

Greystone Emerges as Incoming Owner of Troubled Skilled Nursing Facilities at Center of Record Default

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reached a deal that will see the New York City-based lending and advisory firm Greystone take over a troubled group of nursing homes and one assisted living facility (ALF) associated with the largest default in the department’s history. The New York Times first reported the news […]

NYT: Nursing Home Closures Hit Rural America Amid Financial Hardship

The New York Times covered the wave of rural nursing home closures, which come amid financial problems and aging Americans’ changing preferences, in a deep dive published Monday. The article zeroed in on the closure of a nursing home in Mobridge, S.D., which was taken over by Black Hills Receiver after former operator Skyline Healthcare […]

NY Times: Lower Census Causing Hundreds of Nursing Homes to Close Each Year

The New York Times covered the issues stemming from declining nursing home occupancy on Friday, detailing how shrinking numbers of residents has led to empty beds and hundreds of closures. Nicholas Castle, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, told the Times that 200 to 300 nursing homes close in the United States each year. […]

Why Yelp Could be Superior to Five-Star Ratings for Nursing Homes

Researchers at the University of Southern California believe Yelp nursing home reviews are a useful tool in helping prospective residents or their family members make decisions about facilities, The New York Times reported Friday. Though reviews posted on Yelp and other online platforms such as Google or the recently acquired Caring.com are not perfect, the issue […]