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Also in the News for Tuesday, March 2

LTC ombudsmen only long-term care winners in $1.5B proposal for seniors … Pennsylvania lawmakers want investigation into state’s COVID-19 nursing home response … Nursing home, hospital nurses filed more than 26,000 understaffing complaints … Participation for nursing home, CCRC salary study now open

‘Walking the talk’: Operator’s ‘hair-raising’ blueprint could be an industry model for staff diversity issues

Last week, Nexion Health unveiled its “Embracing Black Hair-itage” video. It featured dozens of employees and residents who talked about their personal hair, its importance and hair experiences in general. Hundreds of employees also participated in a Zoom call learning on Thursday about the history of Black hair, and social stigmas that may come along with it.

Also in the News for Monday, March 1

Advocates, complaining of inaction, push for nursing home reform in Indiana … Pfizer vaccine can be stored in standard freezer temps, FDA says … LeadingAge unveils 2021 policy priorities for nursing homes, future COVID-19 relief … FDA approves third coronavirus vaccine for emergency use … Report: Lawsuit alleges SNF boss badgered ‘granny chef to be his S&M master’

Also in the News for Friday, Feb. 26

House relief bill may accelerate fed efforts away from nursing homes and toward HCBS: expert … Former governor aide claims there was no cover-up regarding New York’s underreported nursing home deaths … Legislation seeks to create independent, 9/11-style COVID commission … Michigan announces plan allowing more visitors at long-term care facilities

HHS nominee emphasizes COVID-19 data reporting

President Joe Biden’s pick to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services stressed the importance of states accurately reporting COVID-19 data — with an emphasis on nursing home rates — in the wake of controversy in New York.

Also in the News for Thursday, Feb. 25

GAO: Feds have implemented just 1 of 16 recommendations to improve COVID-19 response … Michigan lawmakers want governor investigated for nursing home policies … FDA endorses another COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use … Dozens of facilities forced to evacuate after Texas winter storm … Tennessee to lift visitation restrictions at LTC facilities this weekend … Cuomo claims NY didn’t want to ‘double-count’ COVID deaths as reason for underreported nursing home data

Also in the News for Wednesday, Feb. 24

SNF COVID cases declining faster than overall cases … State AARP group pushes for long-term care reform as COVID cases drop … Private-equity ownership leads to higher resident death rates, increase spending at nursing homes, study finds … Providers warn of fraudulent N95 masks as feds investigation ‘massive’ amounts of counterfeit equipment
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