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Covid death rates were 11% lower in unionized US nursing homes

Quartz (04/26/2022) – Of the roughly one million Americans who have died from covid about 150,000 have been nursing home residents. One million US nursing home workers have also been infected by the virus and more than 2,000 have died because of it. Full story »

More than 400 nursing home closures projected for 2022: report

McKnight's (04/22/2022) – More than 300 nursing homes have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and another 400 could go out of business this year, according to a new analysis. Full story »

Look Up Nursing Home Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

ProPublica (04/21/2022) – Now, users can quickly compare staff COVID-19 vaccination and booster rates across states and between nursing homes. Full story »

Hands Are Tied: CMS Stands Firm on Timing of Nursing Home Medicare Funding Cuts

Skilled Nursing News (04/21/2022) – Nearly two weeks after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a 4.6% cut related to the Patient-Driven Payment Model, Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure doubled down on the timing of such cuts for the industry, saying the agency’s hands are effectively tied. Full story »

Feds might dictate minimums nursing homes must spend on direct care workers

McKnight's (04/21/2022) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering requiring nursing homes to spend a minimum amount of federal Medicaid reimbursement dollars on direct care workers as the agency pushes ahead on its reform agenda, a top official said Wednesday. Full story »

Vaccine Medical Exemptions Are Rare. Thousands of Nursing Home Workers Have Them.

ProPublica (04/21/2022) – A federal mandate for health care workers was supposed to close the vaccine gap. Weeks after the deadline, many remain unvaccinated, new data shows. Full story »

Alzheimer’s study reveals 42 new genes that may drive risk

Medical News Today (04/20/2022) – An international team of researchers has identified 75 genes linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, including 42 genes previously not associated with the disease. Full story »

‘Good’ cholesterol may decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Medical News Today (04/20/2022) – A study found that high-density lipoproteins (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol, may help decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Full story »