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Most Nursing Homes Failed COVID19 Testing Recommendation

- Nov 6, 2020

It appears coronavirus rapid testing in nursing homes is not-so-rapid after all. A new study released by JAMA Internal Medicine showed that “only a small fraction” of nursing homes were able obtain COVID-19 testing results for staff or residents within the recommended surveillance guideline of less than 24 hours.   Deployment of point of care antigen rapid testing...

REPORT: Feds Fail to Unlock Nursing Home “Slush Fund” to Fight COVID19

- Oct 30, 2020

A Gray Media investigation has blown the lid off of one the nursing home industry’s most guarded secrets—it’s called the Civil Monetary Penalty Reinvestment Fund. Nearly half a billion dollars of federally collected nursing home fines have flowed into the fund and now these monies are just languishing in state coffers, accruing interest instead of being used to...

Texas Nursing Home Blistered with "Massive" Fine

Families for Better Care - Oct 28, 2020

Texas’ Health and Human Services imposed a “massive” $120,000 fine against River City Care Center in San Antonio after inspectors discovered conditions that placed residents in “immediate jeopardy” of harm. The fine dates to a July 4th investigation when the facility’s HVAC system failed.  Indoor temperatures rose above 80 degrees in some...

New Jersey Governor Signs Nursing Home Staffing Law

Families for Better Care - Oct 23, 2020

Governor Phil Murphy (NJ-D) signed legislation today that would increase New Jersey’s nursing home staffing levels starting next year.  The reform law (S2712) establishes a minimum staff to resident ratio and would increase the number of caregivers facilities must have working on all shifts.  The law was enacted after an investigation criticized the state’s management...

Florida Governor Relaxes Nursing Home Visitation Restrictions

Families for Better Care - Oct 22, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis today ordered Florida’s senior care facilities to further reopen their doors to visitors at a news conference in Fort Myers. The governor wants kids to be able to visit facilities, claiming “they aren’t major vectors of the virus,” and for facilities to begin making allowances for residents to “leave for overnight holiday visits with...
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