Tag: nursing homes

Federal government doles out $333M of performance-based aid to eligible nursing homes

More than 75% of eligible nursing homes who met infection control improvement benchmarks between August and September will split federal aid totaling $333M. This will be the first round of payments from the $2B fund meant to reward nursing homes with better resident outcomes than the surrounding communities during the coronavirus pandemic. In order to […]

New York state reinstates restrictions for nursing home visitations

Despite CMS recommendations to reopen nursing homes to visitors, New York state has taken a step back and reinstated restrictions to nursing homes and SNFs located in COVID-19 hotspots. In a four week period ending October 11, New York nursing homes reported 713 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases, which is more than twice the number […]

Average SNF operating margin at zero for third consecutive year

A recent annual benchmark report found that SNF margins in FY 2019 remained at zero for the third year in a row. The report also found a correlation between a SNFs star rating and its operating margin. In 2019, SNFs with an overall stat rating of 1 or 2 had margins below zero, while facilities […]

Federal government to send 18 million COVID-19 tests to nursing homes

The federal government announced plans on September 28 to send an 18 million rapid COVID-19 tests to nursing homes from Abbott Laboratories. The deployment of these tests comes after CMS updated the requirements for staff testing in late-August, requiring routine testing of staff based on community spread. In addition to the 18 million allotted for […]

New York nursing home hit with largest COVID-19 fine to date

Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a nursing home in Buffalo, NY, was hit with a $50,000 fine, the largest single fine imposed by the state Health Department, for infection control violations, according to The Buffalo News. The fine stemmed from an inspection in April, during which the inspector observed: COVID-19 positive residents rooming with […]

Millions of N95 masks to be released to nursing homes, some for a price

The federal government announced that a stockpile of N95 respirators will soon be released to nursing homes and other healthcare agencies. Each state is expected to receive approximately seven million masks from the stockpile that currently holds 44 million masks, with another 500 million on order. Some masks, however, will be available for purchase in […]

Routine inspections to resume at nursing homes

CMS announced August 17 that routine inspections will resume for all Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers. Onsite revisit surveys, non-immediate jeopardy complaint surveys and annual recertification surveys will resume as soon as resources are available. CMS has also provided guidance on resolving enforcement cases that were previously on hold due to survey reprioritization […]

Trump Administration issues over $15 million in fines to nursing homes during pandemic

CMS, under the leadership of the Trump Administration, has issued over $15 million in fines to more than 3,400 nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic for noncompliance with infection control requirements and the failure to report COVID-19 data. “The Trump Administration is taking aggressive enforcement action against Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes that fail […]

Senators request Demographic Data on COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes

A group of senators has requested demographic data on nursing home COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes amid concerns that the disease disproportionately affects communities with higher populations of persons of color. The democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Patty Murray of Washington penned a […]

Nursing home margins at lowest point since 1999

The lowest average margin for freestanding nursing homes in recent years was recorded in 2018, according to a new report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). The total average margin dropped to -0.3% in 2018, which is the first negative overall margin since 1999. Nursing home margins have been on a year-to-year decline, although […]