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Also in the News for Wednesday, Nov. 25

Providers demand COVID testing of other healthcare workers who come into nursing facilities … Most older adults plan to get coronavirus vaccine, poll shows … A majority of Maine nursing facilities halt visitations … Resident advocates worry about Florida’s visitation policies ahead of Thanksgiving … Report calls for stronger push toward national standards for nursing homes in post-pandemic world — in Canada

Also in the News for Tuesday, Nov. 24

International partnerships helps boost nursing home quality: study … State nursing home program to help providers criticized … Maryland oversight committee calls for consistent funding, more workforce initiatives to improve quality … Partnership aims to reduce infection-related deaths at nursing homes

Thanksgiving heartburn in store? CMS may release final rule on Medicare Part B therapy cuts this week

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).

Also in the News for Monday, Nov. 23

CDC’s latest update to LTC COVID-19 module on NHSN site aims to improve data collection efforts … State lawmakers question COVID testing frequency at nursing homes … State fines SNF nearly $100K for COVID-19 violations … Residents with POLST forms more likely to have care preferences documented: study … Providers grappling with residents’ emotional and behavioral issues caused by coronavirus restrictions

Also in the News for Friday, Nov. 20

CMS details infection control, training practices for nursing homes in new podcast series … National Guard now deployed at every Indiana nursing home … HHS launches pilot program for rapid, point-of-care coronavirus test in five states … 11 Illinois nursing homes reaffirm strike plans … Vermont calls on volunteers to help in nursing homes as staffing shortages reach critical lives

Also in the News for Thursday, Nov. 19

Maryland prohibits all nursing home visits indefinitely … Kentucky calls in National Guard to help nursing home coronavirus response … Pandemic has ‘pulled back the curtain’ on longstanding cracks in LTC system … New York lawmakers hoping for better nursing home coronavirus response during winter months …Trump administration to move forward with controversial Medicare drug pricing proposal
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