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More Nursing Homes Are Requiring Staff COVID-19 Vaccinations

AARP (06/27/2021) – Aegis Living, a long-term care provider operating 33 assisted living, memory care and respite care communities in the western U.S., launched a COVID-19 vaccine education campaign in September, before the vaccines were even available. Full story »

Worker shortage leaves some long-term care facilities freezing new admissions, limiting visits

WFTS (05/27/2021) – Florida’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities are in desperate need of help, human help. Full story »

Nursing Homes Must Expect 3-Day Rule, Other CMS Requirements Will Return

Skilled Nursing News (05/25/2021) – Skilled nursing facilities have benefited from some Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule changes that came into effect over the pandemic — but providers should expect these waivers to be removed. Full story »

Skilled Nursing Providers Getting Squeezed As More Patients Go to IRFs Amid Pandemic

Skilled Nursing News (05/23/2021) – During Covid-19, skilled nursing facilities have seen their admissions squeezed as more patients have gone straight from hospitals to their own homes for recovery. But more complex cases are also being diverted away from SNFs, toward inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and long-term acute-care hospitals (LTACs). Full story »

California Nurses Association expresses concerns about new CDC mask guidelines

Fox 40 (05/21/2021) – National Nurses United, the country’s largest union of registered nurses, has condemned the Centers for Disease Control for its latest guidance on masks.

That guidance drops the need for face coverings for fully vaccinated people indoors and outdoors, with a few exceptions. Full story »

New long-term care standards will fall flat without money or enforcement, experts warn

CBC.ca (05/22/2021) – The federal government is spending $3 billion over five years to establish new standards to improve long-term care in Canada. Advocates say the money alone is not enough — that they want measures to ensure new standards actually lead to better care for seniors. Full story »

For SNF Marketing Post-COVID, Transparency and Communication are Key

Skilled Nursing News (05/18/2021) – After more than a year of mostly bad press from the pandemic, the skilled nursing industry is looking to reframe the narrative through localized communication tactics and an open dialogue with area families. Full story »

SNF occupancy improving — but stabilization isn’t guaranteed

Skilled Nursing News (05/17/2021) – Skilled nursing facilities across the U.S. saw incremental increases in median occupancy through the beginning of May, according to a new update from the professional services firm CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), with nine states reporting an improvement of more than 5% between January 3 and May 2. Full story »