CMS Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in Medicare and Medicaid Programs
POSTED ON - May 13, 2021
Written By Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) relating to the COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities, including residents, clients, and staff. The IFC includes infection control requirements that must be met by facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Proposed 10% Medicaid Pay Boost in New Jersey
POSTED ON - May 7, 2021
Written By McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has proposed a 10% Medicaid pay increase for a total of $134.4 million in 2022 to go toward nursing homes. Facilities would need to spend at least 60% of that on a wage boost for staff members, while the rest would go toward infection control.
$400 Billion Plan to Support Long-Term Health Care Needs
POSTED ON - April 15, 2021
Written By NPR
In an effort to help older adults and people with disabilities maintain their independence for longer, the recently proposed infrastructure plan includes $400 billion over eight years to go toward home and community-based long-term care services.
Long-Term Care Facilities Face Financial Crisis Due to Pandemic
POSTED ON - March 23, 2021
Written By ABC News
St. John’s Retirement Village in Woodland, California is one of many long-term care facilities that has resorted to closing its doors during the pandemic. Facilities like these have been losing money due to rising expenses during the pandemic, such as protective equipment, testing materials, and increased payroll for round-the-clock care. Hundreds of other facilities are struggling to keep their doors open.
Largest Nursing Home Owner in U.S. Breaks from Operator
POSTED ON - March 5, 2021
Written By Forbes
Earlier this week, Welltower, a real estate investment trust and the largest owner of nursing homes in the nation, announced it is breaking from Genesis Healthcare, the largest nursing home operator in the U.S. Genesis also announced it is delisting from the New York Stock Exchange.
Differences Between Vaccine Hesitancy and Vaccine Refusal for Nursing Home Staff
POSTED ON - February 12, 2021
Written By Kaiser Health News
As nursing home staff celebrate the opening of vaccine clinics for residents, some workers remain hesitant about getting the vaccine themselves. In fact, a national survey found that 15% of health care workers declined to receive the vaccine, and nursing home workers were more likely to refuse than hospital staff.
CMS Approves First Block Grant Waiver for Tennessee
POSTED ON - January 21, 2021
Written By Healthcare Finance
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the waiver for Tennessee to utilize a Medicaid block grant program, making them the first state to do so. In addition to utilizing a fixed spending target by means of an aggregate cap, this change will provide the state some flexibility with the program, such as being able to negotiate with prescription drug manufacturers, increase benefits and coverage without prior approval from CMS, and respond more aggressively to Medicaid fraud, among others.
Handling COVID-19 Vaccines for Nursing Home Residents with Cognitive Impairment
POSTED ON - December 21, 2020
Written By Kaiser Health News
As the COVID-19 vaccines are distributed across the country, residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities should be among the first Americans to receive them, according to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But what if residents have cognitive impairment or dementia and their family members are required to step in?