Our long-term care news is continually updated from dozens of sources around our industry and the web.

Operators worried it might be 18 months before skilled nursing occupancy recovers

McKnight's LTCN (07/13/2020) – Skilled nursing operators seeing steep drops in occupancy since the start of the pandemic aren’t expecting those numbers to rebound any time soon, according to one expert. Full story »

‘I’m not sure their timing could be any worse’: CMS to resume Review Choice Demonstration

Home Health Care News (07/09/2020) – The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) announced Tuesday that the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) would be renewed for participating states beginning in August. “This just heightens that challenge from a process perspective and adds additional administrative costs to all of the other unforeseen costs we’ve [taken on] to provide care.” Full story »

SNF industry in a ‘challenging state’ as occupancy falls; Medicaid revenue up

McKnight's LTCN (07/09/2020) – The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has the “skilled nursing industry in a challenging state right now,” one expert noted after new data revealed occupancy at SNFs dropped to 78.9% by the end of April.

In March, SNF occupancy had dropped to 83.4%, which were the lowest levels since 2012. Full story »

When will you be able to visit your aging parent in a seniors’ home?

Forbes (07/07/2020) – Covid-19 has thrown off everyone’s habit of visiting our aging loved ones. Assisted living, independent living and nursing homes have isolated their residents for months. In most places, no one can visit in person yet. That has to change. Elders’ isolation is doing harm. Full story »

N.Y. Health officials: Data shows staff, not resident admissions, drove COVID-19 in nursing homes

Skilled Nursing News (07/06/2020) – Citing the timeline of infection and death rates at nursing homes, health officials in New York on Monday asserted that asymptomatic staffers were a primary driver of COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities — and not, as many have suggested, a controversial state mandate requiring nursing homes to accept positive patients. Full story »

Coronavirus daily update: Testing remains a challenge for Long-Term Care providers

Home Health Care News (07/05/2020) – During this critical time, Home Health Care News remains committed to bringing you all the essential news related to home-based care operations. At the same time, we also recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our regular content, we’ll continue to highlight industry-related developments and mitigation strategies in this rolling bulletin. Full story »

SenatorsiIssue blistering report on government’s response to COVID-19 in nursing homes

Skilled Nursing News (07/01/2020) – Three U.S. Senators, all Democrats, released a report slamming the federal response to the threat of COVID-19 to nursing home residents on Wednesday. Full story »

10 important updates for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Helio (06/30/2020) – Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is commemorated each June to improve knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the burden of which could increase 178% by 2060 in the United States, according to CDC estimates. Full story »

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