May 2020 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: May 2020

CMS doubles test payouts

High-volume labs that test for COVID-19 at nursing homes have seen their pay doubled under a new policy from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aimed at boosting testing and tracking capacity.

Absences force evacuation

California — A provider in Riverside, CA, was forced to evacuate more than 80 residents after employees failed to show up for work two days in a row.

Epicenter SNF fined $611K

Washington — The Life Care Center of Kirkland, which was the site of the first coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., is facing a $611,000 fine following a federal investigation into its causes.

Expert: DOJ may ramp up enforcement

Providers shouldn’t assume that federal authorities will slow down enforcement efforts in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, they should expect authorities to “step up” efforts — and that includes its new National Nursing Home Initiative, a legal expert said.

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