Though facility staff shortages down by one-fourth in 2022, specific trouble areas remain … Maryland gives nursing homes $25 million of new COVID funds … NY gives state-employed nurses big raises …...
In first nursing home visit, CMS admin gets straight talk on agencies, pay and performance
James M. Berklan
May 12, 2022
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure has visited nursing homes numerous times, but on Wednesday she did so for the first time in her current capacity as their top...
New employment rules offer nursing homes short-term fixes
Jan 25, 2022
Rules about who can work in nursing homes under what circumstances are changing across the country as providers continue to grapple with unprecedented staffing challenges.
State leapfrogs feds on booster shots, putting nursing homes in a jam
Sep 13, 2021
Maryland long-term care residents in both nursing homes and assisted living facilities are now eligible to receive COVID-19 booster shots under a new order announced by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Wednesday.
State testing residents’ immunity levels before COVID-19 boosters roll out
Aug 31, 2021
Maryland health officials have launched a program to test the antibody levels of 500 nursing home residents and determine how many seniors are in need of COVID-19 booster shots.
When CMS gives you a gift, pay it forward
Jun 16, 2021
This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services presented some 2,500 nursing homes with quite a gift: an additional seven days to avoid a fine for missing a new vaccination reporting deadline....
Providers ‘fully committed’ to new COVID vaccination reporting requirement
May 06, 2021
Maryland long-term care providers are welcoming a new mandate that requires providers to report weekly COVID vaccination data to the state’s Department of Health.
Nursing homes will be first to get coronavirus vaccine, official pledges, as federal group delays vote
Sep 25, 2020
One top state official has pledged that nursing home residents and staff members will be the first to receive a coronavirus vaccine, even though a federal advisory group has yet to vote on who should receive...
Provider faces $315K fine for failing to isolate residents, warn staff of COVID-19 outbreak
Sep 15, 2020
A Maryland provider may be forced to pay a $315,000 fine for Immediate Jeopardy violations after state health officials found that it did not properly isolate residents exposed to COVID-19.
Six states join coronavirus test-purchasing compact; VA tries statewide COVID app
Aug 06, 2020
The governors of six states, including Republicans and Democrats, have formed an interstate compact to negotiate the purchase of 3 million COVID-19 antigen tests.