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Meet Vassar Byrd, Hall of Honor inductee

Vassar Byrd didn’t start her professional life in senior living. Holding a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics, she first spent more than 10 years as an economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, The Advisory Board Company and ECONorthwest.

CMS ‘icon’ controversy merits ‘Grand’ attention

The provider community protested loudly when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rushed into place an open-handed “stop” icon to merely “warn” readers on the consumer-facing Nursing Home compare website about certain nursing homes that had been cited.

Also in the News for Thursday, July 9

DC-based SNF permanently closes due to coronavirus pandemic … PPE shortages still being reported by healthcare providers … Florida wants more resources allocated to long-term care facilities during pandemic … Employers with religious or moral objections don’t have to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives under ACA, Supreme Court rules

Meet Wendy Nowokunski, Hall of Honor inductee

Wendy Nowokunski’s more than two decades of senior living experience include leadership roles at Benchmark Senior Living and Newton Senior Living before she co-founded Burlington, MA-based Northbridge Companies, where she is president.

Meet Hayley Boutte, Rising Star honoree

Hayley Boutte is no ordinary administrator. In the 10 years she has worked at Maison Teche Nursing Center, in Jeanerette, LA, she has made a major difference in the lives of her residents and the older adults of Jeanerette.

Also in the News for Wednesday, July 8

Operators, frontline workers likely to benefit from next virus relief bill: McConnell … Veterans nursing home gave residents ‘COVID cocktails’ without testing them for COVID-19 … Consumer advocates criticize CMS’ ‘incomplete’ coronavirus nursing home data site … Indiana brings in National Guard to test 47,000 residents … Alabama awards $18M for COVID-19 testing at nursing homes … Seniors’ lives lost to coronavirus to be honored with global day of remembrance

Also in the News for Tuesday, July 7

Nursing homes rebound, shed 18,000 jobs in June after losing 37,000 jobs in May … Rhode Island providers say state was slow to answer pleas for coronavirus testing, PPE after governor criticizes nursing home response … Nursing home fires employee after video shows worker throwing drink on resident … Proposed legislation would give ALFs just one day to report confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases
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