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

SNF operating margins in the red without emergency aid

McKnight's (01/19/2022) – The median operating margin for skilled nursing facilities in 2020 was 1.5% lower when compared to the previous year and COVID-19 relief funding was removed, according to a new report released by CliftonLarsonAllen Tuesday. Full story »

US faces wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models say

AP News (01/18/2022) – The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, but COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March. Full story »

‘The System Is So Broken’: What It’s Like In Long-Term Care Right Now

Chatelaine (01/17/2022) – The pandemic revealed to the wider world what many within the system already knew: LTC needs a radical overhaul—if not a complete reimagining. But what about the families who currently rely on it? Full story »

COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadlines push providers

McKnight's (01/17/2022) – With every state but Texas now covered by a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate with specific deadlines, providers are facing increased urgency around ongoing vaccination campaigns. Full story »

4th vaccine shot less effective against omicron, study finds

USA Today (01/18/2022) – The increase in antibodies produced by a fourth shot of COVID-19 vaccine is not enough to prevent infections from the omicron variant, according to preliminary research at an Israeli hospital. Full story »

CMS pushes deadline for vaccine mandate in 24 states

Modern Healthcare (01/18/2022) – Healthcare workers in the 24 states that are newly subject to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' COVID-19 vaccine mandate will need to get their first shot by Feb. 14 and final shot by March 15, according to new guidance released by CMS Friday. Full story »

Common Mistakes That Could Harm Your Staff Retention

i Advance Senior Care (01/05/2022) – Given the staffing shortage in the senior care industry, improving staff retention is more important now than ever. But staff retention has other implications for senior care settings, particularly since staff tend to work together as tight-knit teams and residents and staff often develop strong bonds. Improving staff retention may take some deliberate effort, but it can benefit your community in many ways. Full story »

Cut SNF pay 5%, keep freeze on physicians and therapists, MedPAC says

McKnight's (01/13/2022) – Skilled nursing facilities would see a 5% cut in base pay in 2023, while physicians and physical therapists who support them would see their rates continue to be frozen, if Congress were to adopt draft recommendations proposed by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Thursday. Full story »

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