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FFBC Statement on Governor Abbott’s Latest Nursing Home Action

- Jul 1, 2020

Families for Better Care executive director Brian Lee released this statement on Governor Abbott’s decision to use $9 million in federally collected nursing home fines to implement infection control projects for nursing homes: “Governor Abbott’s latest attempt to protect nursing home residents from COVID19 is a total backfire.  His decision to unlock $9 million of...

FFBC: Trump Administration’s Rejection of COVID-19 Testing Proposal for Nursing Homes Is “Catastrophic Failure"

- Jun 18, 2020

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rejected Families for Better Care’s proposal to acquire rapid testing machines for every nursing home using the hundreds of millions of dollars in collected nursing home fines languishing in state and federal coffers.  The rejection of this coronavirus testing solution is a catastrophic healthcare and fiscal failure by...

Families for Better Care: The COVID19 Testing Solution That Will ‘Steamroll’ the Curve in Nursing Homes, and It’s Free

- Apr 30, 2020

Families for Better Care announced today that it has found a cost-effective pathway to deploy molecular point-of-care rapid testing machines to every nursing home so all residents and all staff can quickly, and safely, be tested on an ongoing basis, regardless of symptoms. The solution: use the more than a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in nursing home fines collected by federal...

MA: Wilmington Nursing Home Converting to COVID-19 Facility

Michael Norton - Apr 3, 2020

A second skilled nursing facility has stepped forward to help the state address the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Advinia Care at Wilmington announced plans late Tuesday to temporarily designate its 142-bed skilled nursing facility to care for patients diagnosed with the respiratory disease who are recovering and in need of a high level of care, including oxygen support. Current...

CT: Virus Reaches Waterford Nursing Home

Karen Florin - Apr 3, 2020

Family members and staff at the Bayview Health Care nursing home received the news that they had been dreading since the coronavirus outbreak reached Connecticut. Two residents in the long-term unit of the 127-bed facility have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. One patient, a female, remains in isolation at Bayview while another resident, a...
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