94% of nursing homes experienced multiple COVID-19 outbreaks, GAO reports
May 20, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted U.S. nursing homes and the 1.4 million elderly and disabled residents living in these homes, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government...
Analysis needed before making telehealth flexibilities permanent, government analysis maintains
May 20, 2021
Although flexibilities such as telehealth have been critical to reducing obstacles to care during the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges must be considered before making any changes permanent, the Government...
Only 64 U.S. nursing homes — 0.5 percent — had no COVID-19 outbreak the last half of 2020: GAO
May 20, 2021
U.S. nursing homes on average have each experienced about three COVID-19 outbreaks during the ongoing public health crisis, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
COVID data still insufficient from state veterans nursing homes, GAO warns
May 18, 2021
State veterans nursing homes are again being pressured to collect COVID-19 case and death data to help its future response to the coronavirus.
GAO: Nursing homes unlikely to use point-of-care COVID tests in states that question accuracy
Jan 29, 2021
A disconnect between federal and state or local policies has a direct effect on POC antigen test use in these settings, according to a comprehensive report released Thursday by the U.S. Government Accountability...
Watchdog gives CMS ‘urgent’ order: Create solid plan to act on nursing home commission’s...
Dec 03, 2020
A new government report is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to “quickly” develop a course of action on how it plans to respond and implement recommendations made by a federal...
Infection control problems ‘persisted’ at nursing homes prior to pandemic: GAO
May 21, 2020
Infection control deficiencies were widespread throughout nursing homes even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.
Medicare providers could face up to 100% late tax penalties
Mar 25, 2015
Praise for Congress for proposing a bill that would reset Medicare physician pay rates could be a little less hearty, after details emerged Tuesday that the measure would also include penalties as high...
Bed taxes and other troubling compromises
Aug 04, 2014
As my colleague Tim Mullaney reported last week, the Government Accountability Office has been taking a closer look at Medicaid bed taxes lately. And the investigative arm of Congress doesn’t seem...
Increased ‘bed taxes’ on nursing facilities warrant stricter federal oversight, report states
Jul 30, 2014
States have been increasingly taxing skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare providers to fund Medicaid in recent years, and federal authorities should look more closely at this trend, according...