Tag: nursing homes

Staff shortages causing nursing homes to turn away new residents

In a recent survey of 1,183 nursing homes conducted by the American Health Care Association and National Center of Assisted Living, 58% of respondents indicated that they are limiting new resident admissions because of staff shortages. Additionally, the survey found that nearly every nursing home is asking staff to work overtime and cover extra shifts. […]

CMS to launch new tool that compares nursing home vaccination rates

CMS has announced a new tool that will be available on medicare.gov that will allow users to view vaccination rates of staff and residents at nursing homes. “CMS wants to empower nursing home residents, their families and caregivers with the information they need when choosing care providers for their loved ones. As we continue to […]

Antifungal-resistant yeast infections found in D.C. nursing home residents

The CDC identified 101 cases of antifungal-resistant yeast infections among Washington D.C. nursing home residents between January and April. These infections included cases of candida auris, an infection resistant to all known treatments, primarily Echinocandins, and is cause for alarm, according to the CDC. “Echinocandin resistance is a concerning clinical and public health threat, particularly […]

New York nursing homes under fire after accusations of under-reporting COVID-19 deaths

New York state nursing homes are under fire as reports surface stating that COVID-19 deaths may have been under-counted by 50%. A sample of 62 nursing homes showed that a substantial number of deaths were not included in the official death toll when the deaths occurred at hospitals after transfers, states NY Attorney General (AG) […]

COVID-19 cases on the decline in nursing homes

After several months of battling the coronavirus in nursing homes, January 17 marked the fourth consecutive week of a decline in cases, new data from CMS shows. The week ending January 17 showed 17,584 confirmed COVID-19 cases in nursing homes throughout the country, down from 32,000 cases in the week ending December 20. This data […]

SNF residents could receive COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas

Nursing home residents could receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as Christmas, said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on December 13. Azar remarked to CBS’ “Face the Nation,” that nearly all nursing homes in the country have signed up for the federal government’s program to distribute the vaccine. Walgreens expects to receive the […]

OIG announces investigation into nursing home discharges and evictions

The OIG announced plans to investigate whether nursing homes are following proper protocol when discharging and evicting residents. The OIG found that discharges and evictions were the most common compliant submitted to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program from 2011 to 2016. “Discharges which violate federal regulations are of great concern because in some cases they […]

CMS urges nursing home staff to complete COVID-19 training

CMS announced on November 17 that individuals from 7,313 nursing homes have completed the CMS COVID-19 training. This accounts for 12.5% of the approximately one million nursing home staff in the country. CMS is calling on all nursing homes to take action and require staff to complete this free training. “We’ve provided nursing homes with […]

Nursing homes hit hard by third wave of COVID-19

Using federal data from twenty states, The Associated Press found that nursing homes had four times as many new COVID-19 cases in October than in May, rising from 1,083 cases to 4,274. Additionally, COVID-19 related deaths in among residents has more than doubled in that time, from 318 a week to 699 a week. While […]