COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Smaller Operators

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The COVID-19 pandemic impacted businesses across the globe no matter how big or small. Skilled nursing operators were no different. Now as the pandemic is slowly ending, occupancy rates in nursing homes are gradually returning to pre-pandemic levels reports Skilled Nursing News. In January 2021, all nursing homes were underperforming with occupancy rates below 80%…

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Therapists Want Telehealth to Stay Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed how care was provided for some professions. Clinicians were able to widely use telehealth services for socially distanced visits. As Skilled Nursing News reports, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowed waivers for telehealth services during this time of crisis. However, physical, occupational and speech therapists had to wait…

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Unvaccinated Employee Causes COVID-19 Outbreak in Nursing Home

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Long-term care facilities were among the first to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Since December 2020, there have many efforts underway to get residents and staff vaccinated. Recently, a nursing home in Kentucky had a COVID-19 outbreak due to one unvaccinated worker who became infected. Skilled Nursing News reports that despite having a 90.4% rate of vaccination…

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Geography not the Only Contributing Factor to COVID-19 Outbreaks

The Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) released a report stating that multiple factors contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities. CMA is a non-profit law organization that advocates for Medicare beneficiaries. CMA argued that geography was not the only factor. The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published an article stating that…

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PDPM Regulations during COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the long-term care industry is unprecedented ways. The federal government has rolled out several programs to help nursing homes during these difficult times. The new Medicare payments system that was implemented a few months before the pandemic for nursing homes has been left untouched since October 2019. However, operators and…

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