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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 »

States’ nursing home staffing shortages ranked best to worst

McKnight's (04/20/2022) – Nearly half of Minnesota’s long-term care facilities are dealing with staffing shortages — the most of any other state in the nation, according to a new analysis from Seniorly. Full story »

HHS Releases New Data and Report on Hospital and Nursing Home Ownership

CMS (04/20/2022) – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking actions to promote competition and transparency in our nation’s health care system that can improve the safety and quality of nursing homes and hospitals. Full story »