This curated news feed of stories related to nursing home and long-term care around the country includes articles and reports from media outlets and press releases from Families for Better Care.
FFBC DIRECTOR STATEMENT: Give Nursing Home Residents $300 Bonus Stimulus Payment Using Collected Fines
- Dec 31, 2020
"Since Senator McConnell refuses to act on the $2,000 stimulus for every American, President Trump should go ahead and help those who have been tormented the most by this plague. Give every nursing home resident an extra $300 using the federally collected nursing home fines.More than $450 million available in this relatively untapped gold mine. President Trump should order the Center for...
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...