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Final Rule Includes 2.2 Percent Increase for SNFs

Provider (08/03/2020) – Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) will see an increase in their Medicare payment rates. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 31 issued the final rule for the SNF prospective payment system (PPS) fiscal year (FY) 2021 update. Full story »

COVID-19 could lead to billions in long-term healthcare costs: experts

McKnight's Senior Living (08/04/2020) – More than 18 million people have been infected by coronavirus worldwide, about a quarter of them in the United States. And healthcare experts say it likely will be years before the costs for those who have recovered can be fully calculated, according to Reuters interviews with approximately a dozen physicians and health economists. Full story »

BREAKING: Nursing homes to receive 2.2% Medicare pay raise for 2021

McKnight's LTCN (07/31/2020) – Nursing homes will receive a 2.2% Medicare pay boost for fiscal 2021, federal officials announced Friday. The rate reflects a 0.1% change from the net 2.3% market basket update originally proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 10. Full story »

Part D premiums likely to increase slightly in 2021: CMS

Fierce Healthcare (07/29/2020) – Average Part D premiums are set to take a slight uptick in 2021, according to the Trump administration.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates the average basic premium in Part D will be $30.50 next year, a slight increase from $30 in 2020 but still the second-lowest premium rate ever. Full story »

Tips for successful telehealth services implementation in SNFs

McKnight's LTCN (07/28/2020) – Almost four months into the pandemic and conducting over 10,000 telehealth visits a month, we have learned quite a bit about how to facilitate successful telehealth services in SNFs. Full story »

Flu Shot And Pneumonia Vaccine Might Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, Research Shows

NPR (07/27/2020) – For years, public health officials have been trying to dispel the myth that people who get a flu shot are more likely to get Alzheimer's disease. They are not. And now there is evidence that vaccines that protect against the flu and pneumonia may actually protect people from Alzheimer's, too. Full story »

Ruston attorneys help nursing home residents talk to loved ones amid COVID-19

News Star (07/25/2020) – Ruston attorneys Add and Shelley Goff have seen firsthand the sad reality of families being separated and not being able to communicate with elderly relatives due to the COVID-19 crisis. Full story »

Governor credits ‘battle plan’ for progress in fighting COVID-19 in senior living

McKnight's Senior Living (07/24/2020) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday the state is making progress toward slowing the spread of COVID-19 cases in assisted living, skilled nursing and nursing homes. Full story »

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