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Parkinson: Test Nursing Home Staff Weekly Even If Not Required, Develop A Compliance Plan By Next Week

August 27, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - The leader of the largest trade group for U.S. nursing homes on Thursday advised operators to exceed new federal COVID-19 testing mandates whenever possible, while emphasizing the importance of planning for complying with the new regulations…

CMS Widens Criteria for Nursing Homes To Receive Testing Devices, But Concerns Over Accuracy Grow

August 24, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - The federal government late last week released an updated blueprint for distributing the second wave of nearly 12,000 point-of-care COVID-19 testing units destined for nursing homes, with a significantly wider definition of hotspots than…

Healthpeak Sells Louisville Senior Living Community

August 24, 2020, Ben Swett, The SeniorCare Investor - Healthpeak Properties is selling one of its Atria Senior Living-operated communities to a regional owner/operator acquiring its first Kentucky property.  Located in Louisville, where Atria is headquartered,…

One Nursing Home’s Fines Can Become Another Facility’s Technology — But With Strings Attached

August 24, 2020, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - With COVID-19 forcing skilled nursing facilities to drastically restrict visitation, technology and virtual communication have emerged as critical tools to maintain social ties between residents and their loved ones.  And there are federal…

Doctors Without Borders: Nursing Home Reform Should Focus On In-Person Support, Not Just Fines

August 23, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - More closely associated with lifesaving interventions in war zones and developing countries, Doctors Without Borders has made headlines during the COVID-19 crisis with…

Blueprint Handles Not-For-Profit Sale To The Ensign Group

August 21, 2020, Ben Swett, The SeniorCare Investor - According to its second quarter earnings report, The Ensign Group certainly defied expectations for the rest of the senior care industry and has been performing relatively well lately.  The company also announced its acquisition…

HHC Finance Closes Four HUD Deals

August 19, 2020, Ben Swett, The SeniorCare Investor - Housing & Healthcare Finance (HHC Finance) just announced four transactions from its HUD pipeline, totaling more than…

Are SNFs About To Go Out Of Business?

August 19, 2020, Ben Swett, The SeniorCare Investor - A recent survey by the American Health Care Association reveals some disheartening news.  If you believe the results of a survey of 463 nursing home providers by the American Health Care Association,…

Federal Government To Release Millions Of N95 Masks To Nursing Homes — But At A Price

August 19, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - The federal government will soon open up its strategic stockpile of N95 respirators to nursing homes and other health care providers across the country, according to a report, but at least a portion of the distribution will be made through…

California Turns To ‘Consultant’ Model For Nursing Home Inspections Amid Low COVID Citations

August 18, 2020, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - The California Department of Health will be changing how state surveyors inspect nursing facilities, with an eye toward the conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — and critics in the Golden State argued…