Feds urge 'extreme caution' for reopening nursing homes

Long-Term Care in the Future May Change Due to COVID-19

Long-Term Care in the Future May Change Due to COVID-19

On behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), I'd like to thank all those who work in nursing facilities - doctors, nurses, food preparers, housekeepers, and others - for their unwavering dedication to compassionately caring for the vulnerable residents who are relying on them during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, Minnesota's 81.9 percent is 40 percent higher than the 41 percent average in those 36 states for COVID-19 deaths from nursing home patients.

"Nursing homes are the epicenter of this pandemic - residents are at higher risk because of their age, preexisting conditions, and their close proximity - we have to prioritize testing at these facilities", Harder said in a statement."The federal response has been bad".

Nursing homes will be required to disclose data on coronavirus infections and deaths to the CDC by the end of May or face fines. "We're urging governors to proceed with extreme caution because these are the most vulnerable citizens". "There need to be big changes in the way nursing homes care for seniors".

The administration recommended that nursing homes should be "among the last" institutions to reopen in a community, and that adequate protective gear and staffing is needed first. The in-person encounters between family members and residents by the home's entrance are hard for staff to coordinate more frequently, Inouye said.

California's most recent data shows that there have been 874 reported deaths in nursing homes due to coronavirus, just more than a quarter of the 3,334 reported deaths so far in the state.

"Everything is based on accurately knowing where the virus is". The cost of widespread testing will be enormous, but so too is the cost of the quiet default that we seem to be settling for that normalizes infection, death, and isolation of elderly nursing home residents and continues to put the workers who care for them at risk.

"Each state is trying to figure out on its own what to do. So I think that's going to give us a better sense of what's going on nationally as well as locally", she said.

Nursing home industry representatives could not be reached Monday night for comment, or had not yet read the new CMS guidance. The federal CMS took action, requiring the nursing home to retrain staff and submit a plan for corrective action to state inspectors.

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Gracedale, a county-run facility in Northampton County, calls itself the largest nursing home under one roof in Pennsylvania.

Nathan Boucher, an assistant research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, said the federal government should have ultimate responsibility.

"This is an indicator of persistent problems", the GAO's nonpartisan investigators said.

"Everybody has to be working in unison to make this happen, the ownership of the facility working with the state, and then getting help from the federal level", Boucher said.

However, other nursing homes have been allowed to admit COVID-19 patients under private arrangements with hospitals.

The administration is also sending a two-week supply of PPE to more than 15,000 Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes across the country. New York, as with much of the other grim news from the outbreak, has been the epicenter of deaths in nursing homes with more than 5,000 being reported as of earlier this week. He heard from staff members who were forced to quit because of inadequate testing.

The practice of admitting virus-positive patients to nursing homes appeared to be routine across states.

But testing is just one part of how states and nursing homes should be prepared to protect their residents, and not every state has the ability to pay for the tens of thousands of testing kits needed to ensure bi-weekly tests.

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