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CNA staffing, turnover top focus for federal government: CMS

McKnight's Senior Living (10/22/2020) – Turnover among certified nursing assistants at long-term care facilities will be a top priority for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services going forward, a top agency official pledged Tuesday. Full story »

Matros: CNAs living below poverty line ‘Unacceptable,’ calls for higher minimum wage standards for Nursing Homes

Skilled Nursing News (10/21/2020) – Staffing, a long-standing thorn in the side of skilled nursing operators even before the COVID-19 pandemic, has emerged as one of the most critical elements in how facilities manage an outbreak and navigate the current public health emergency. Full story »

Cold storage, Medicaid coverage: Inside the Walgreens, CVS vaccination deal for Nursing Homes

Skilled Nursing News (10/20/2020) – The federal government last week tapped a pair of retail pharmacy giants to distribute an eventual COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents across the country, and while there remain significant questions about the logistics of distributing an as-yet-unapproved vaccine, officials have continued to position the plan as the only workable solution to a massive public health challenge. Full story »

New report warns of possible third wave in long-term care facilities

14 News (10/19/2020) – VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Health officials in Vanderburgh County reported more than 250 new positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and a new report out Monday suggests if communities see a rise in cases, so will long-term care facilities. Full story »

Nursing home move-ins accelerating: NIC survey

McKnight's LTCN (10/19/2020) – Skilled nursing executives reported an increase in move-ins within the last month, according to a new survey by the National Investment Center for Seniors House & Care (NIC). Full story »

Officials Mull Mandatory Single, Double Rooms in Nursing Homes by 2022 in Wake of COVID-19

Skilled Nursing News (10/15/2020) – A state hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic may soon mandate the end of triple- and quadruple-occupancy nursing home rooms in less than two years. Full story »

CMS grants operators an additional year to pay off loans received through the Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program

McKnight's Senior Living (10/13/2020) – Providers who participated in the Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program for COVID-19 emergency will now have another year to pay back the loan thanks to Congress. Full story »

COVID-19 Antigen test confusion highlights need for better federal guidance for SNFs, experts say

Skilled Nursing News (10/12/2020) – One state’s ban on the use of point-of-care tests for COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities has been withdrawn after sharp criticism from the assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Full story »

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