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NIC CEO Jurutka: COVID-19 Crisis ‘Burning Platform’ For Innovation In Skilled Nursing, Senior Living

June 15, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Calls for systemic overhauls of long-term care and senior living are nothing new.  From operators to government payers to resident advocates, a variety of voices has challenged the status quo with support for new reimbursement systems, creative…

For COVID-19 Testing To Succeed In Nursing Homes, Lab Access Is Critical

June 15, 2020, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - Test.  Test.  Test.  That has been the mantra since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the flashpoint of criticism over the early efforts of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the call from multiple skilled nursing…

PDPM Boosts Medicare Rate 9% Early In COVID-19 Crisis: ‘RUGS-IV Would Have Been A Fiscal Disaster’

June 14, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Skilled nursing facilities received a 9% Medicare reimbursement boost during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis under the new Patient-Driven Patient Model, a new analysis has determined — providing a crucial fiscal lifeline that may not…

CMS Posts COVID-19 Data, Survey Reports On Nursing Home Compare As Death Count Approaches 32,000

June 4, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - The federal government on Thursday afternoon updated its Nursing Home Compare database to include individual building-level data on COVID-19 outbreaks, following through on a transparency…