Nursing home residents could be just a little more than two weeks away from receiving the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to federal health officials.
The federal government could move essential workers closer to the front of the line for receiving a potential coronavirus vaccine, pushing back seniors ages 65 or older and people with high-risk conditions.
Pennsylvania operators may soon be able to breathe a little easier after state lawmakers passed a proposal that would protect healthcare providers from pandemic-related lawsuits.
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Providers across the country are pleading with residents’ families and loved ones to find alternative ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays in order to prevent further disaster at nursing homes.
Some experts are doubting how successful the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination plans for long-term care facilities will be, citing concerns about the strategy for workers and potential side effects.
An Illinois nursing home operator could be without its regular workforce for a prolonged period after about 700 workers walked off on the job after contract negotiations stalled.
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There may be more awaiting long-term care providers this week than meals of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may release its final rule regarding cuts to Medicare Part B therapy services, according to Cynthia Morton, executive director of the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL).
Recent comments by the top official at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has some healthcare stakeholders worried that the Trump administration may walk back its decision to withdraw a controversial Medicaid proposal.
Iowa officials have issued updated emergency staffing guidance for nursing homes after the state reported that more than 110 facilities are currently struggling to manage COVID-19 outbreaks.
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State survey agencies have already begun to resume regular survey activities at nursing homes across the country, according to a top Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official.
Wisconsin officials have pledged to provide nursing homes additional funding if they take in hospital inpatients during the coronavirus crisis in an effort to alleviate hospitals at or near full capacity.
Several Democratic lawmakers are suggesting that long-term care facilities in areas that have higher shares of COVID-19 deaths and cases should be first in line to receive future federal relief funding.
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Nearly all of the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing homes have opted into the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program that would provide the medication to long-term care facilities at no cost.
A majority of providers are struggling to cover shifts and recruit new workers during the ongoing health crisis, according to a new industry audit.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed that it will be issuing an alert for providers on how they should manage residents and workers who may want to visit loved ones during the Thanksgiving holiday.