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CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit To Combat COVID-19

May 13, 2020, CMS.gov - Today, under the direction of President Trump, CMS released a new toolkit

REIT Roundup: Sabra, DHC, CareTrust Give COVID-19 Updates In Q1 Reports

May 13, 2020, Seniors Housing Business - Three major REITs in the seniors housing sector, Irvine-based Sabra Health Care REIT, Newton-based Diversified Healthcare Trust (DHC) and San Clemente-based CareTrust REIT, have released their first-quarter reports, including updates on how the companies…

As Assistance Lags And Guidance Conflicts, Nursing Home Leaders Buy $750K Of PPE Out Of Pocket

May 13, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - The COVID-19 pandemic revealed deep cracks in the supply chain of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all health care providers, but nursing homes — which under normal circumstances do not require nearly as much as they do now — have felt…

Genesis’s Hager: Testing Access Has Improved, But ‘By No Means Do We Have The Resources We Need’

May 11, 2020, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - As the U.S. fights to get the COVID-19 virus under control, nursing homes have emerged as a key front lines in the battle.  But one of the largest skilled nursing and senior care operators in the country still struggles to secure sufficient…

With Federal Help Pending, ‘Parking Lot Guy’ Becomes Most Reliable Source Of PPE For Nursing Homes

May 7, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Despite promises from the federal government to speed the distribution of vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to the nation’s nursing homes, operators still find themselves paying exorbitant prices for necessary equipment — when they…

NMHC Rent Payment Tracker Finds 80.2 Percent Of Apartment Households Paid Rent As Of May 6

May 6, 2020, NMHC - The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC)’s Rent Payment Tracker found 80.2 percent of apartment households made a full or partial rent payment by May 6 in its survey of 11.4 million units of professionally managed apartment units across the country.

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Federal Bill Would Funnel $500M Into Nursing Home Inspections, Implement Stricter COVID-19 Protocols

May 5, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - A bill introduced in Congress Tuesday would send an additional $500 million to bolster nursing home inspections, while implementing a host of new safety and reporting regulations, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The Quality Care for Nursing…

Under Interim Final Rule, Mandatory COVID-19 Reporting For Nursing Homes To Begin This Week

May 3, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday released an interim final rule that, among other provisions, will require nursing homes to begin reporting detailed COVID-19 information to the federal government…

CMS NEWS: CMS Announces Independent Commission To Address Safety And Quality In Nursing Homes 

April 30, 2020, CMS.gov - As a part of President Trump’s Opening Up America Again effort, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus…

Trump Orders Formation of Nursing Home Quality, Safety Commission In Wake Of COVID-19 Crisis

April 30, 2020, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - President Trump on Thursday announced the formation of a special nursing home task force that will convene in May with the goal of better preparing the industry for future outbreaks in the wake of a staggering COVID-19 death…