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High intensity therapy may lead to better outcomes for residents

SNF residents who receive high intensity therapy have the lowest 30-day hospital readmission rates, according to a study conducted by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Physical Therapy Association. High intensity therapy is defined as 90 to 219 hours during the time of care. While the study shows that high intensity therapy leads […]

Flu prevention in SNFs

Flu season is once again upon us, and SNF staff need to take precautionary measures to protect the residents in their care. Between 2.2 and 3.7 million Americans have contracted the flu so far this season, leading to an approximate 3,600 deaths since October, according to a recent CDC report. The CDC recommends that SNFs […]

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 […]

Why Long-Term Care Is Taking Center Stage

There’s a recent major development in the insurance world you may not have heard of yet: Washington just became the first state in the nation to develop legislation that makes long-term care affordable for its workers. Called “WA Cares,” this program also impacts companies outside of Washington that have employees in the state. Washington employees […]

COVID-19 outbreak reported at Washington nursing home

In a grim reminder that nursing home residents are still vulnerable to COVID-19, a recent outbreak in a Washington state nursing home has claimed one life. In addition to the fatality of an 80-year old resident, 19 staff members and residents tested positive for COVID-19 at Avamere Bellingham Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Bellingham, Wa. Six […]

Routine testing no longer required for vaccinated SNF staff

The federal government announced on April 27th that fully vaccinated staff at SNFs no longer need to complete routine COVID testing. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff and residents will still need to be tested if symptoms appear. “Upon identification of a single new case of COVID-19 infection in any staff or residents, all staff and […]

As the federal vaccination program wraps up, SNFs must procure their own vaccines

When COVID-19 vaccines first became available, the federal government set up a Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care program, which provided three on-site clinics at facilities nationwide in an attempt to vaccinate as many residents and staff members as possible. As the third vaccination clinics wrap up in most states, SNFs will need to acquire vaccines […]

Staff reluctance slows the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations at SNFs

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to SNFs has been slowed by staff hesitation according to CVS Health Corp. Another issue with vaccines is that a number of SNFs overstated the number of residents by 20-30%. This can be accounted for by both resident deaths, and the reluctance of families to send loved ones to nursing […]

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 […]