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Also in the News for Tuesday, Aug. 11

Nursing homes ordered to begin mandatory coronavirus testing for workers … Texas leads country in nursing home staffing shortages … Trump says he would target Medicare, Social Security if re-elected … New Jersey governor takes heat for coronavirus nursing home deaths … NY’s Cuomo says ‘no need’ for independent investigation into controversial nursing home policy

McKnight’s 40 for 40: Wendy Simpson

When Wendy Simpson joined the board of real estate investment trust LTC Properties in 1995, she now admits, she was a tad green about long-term care financing. It sure didn’t take long for Simpson to catch up.

Also in the News for Monday, Aug. 10

Nursing homes lose 28,000 jobs in July … SNFs in Texas with no active COVID-19 cases can resume visits … Washington state releases guidelines for nursing home visits … Indiana releases new data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes, ALFs

Omega remains hopeful despite 8% occupancy drop; Sabra upbeat about skilled mix, acquisition prospects

Omega Healthcare executives expect operator performance to be “significantly affected” for the foreseeable future after reporting an 8% decline in overall occupancy since February. Meanwhile, Sabra Health Care REIT CEO Rick Matros cited numerous optimistic indicators at his company’s second quarter earnings call, despite also showing an 8% decline in occupancy since the pandemic was declared.

Also in the News for Friday, Aug. 7

Lawmaker calls on CMS to make COVID-19 nursing home data more reliable … Privately owned nursing homes have higher COVID-19 death, infection rates, study finds … Maryland faces heat for lags in nursing home inspections … California National Guard helps fill staffing shortages at LTC facilities … Stimulus grants helping Diversicare, NHC withstand pandemic

Also in the News for Thursday, Aug. 6

Aging services groups call for federal plan to end ‘national nightmare’ of COVID-19… Hot spot Florida’s governor ready to resume visits for long-term care facilities … Texas releases additional coronavirus nursing home data … Medicare Part D favors generic drugs over brand-name, study finds … Missouri voters approve Medicaid expansion

Proposed 9% cut to therapy ‘potentially devastating’

A proposal to cut 9% from Medicare payments for physical and occupational therapy under the federal government’s Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2021 could potentially have a “devastating impact” on providers if it goes into effect as presented, advocates warned Tuesday.
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