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As The Policy Debate Over Nursing Homes Heats Up, Operators Are On The Defensive

In the wake of the devastating effects of covid-19 on nursing home residents and their staffs, pressure is building on long-term care facilities from congressional Democrats who are exploring ways to accelerate the shift of Medicaid long-term services and supports from nursing facilities to home and community based services (HCBS).  Some states are demanding tougher health and safety rules. And [...]

By |2021-03-19T13:49:37-04:00March 19th, 2021|nursing homes|0 Comments

How Can The US  Fix Long-Term Care In A Post Covid-19 World?

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a catastrophe for frail older adults. More than 170,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have died from the virus, and adults over age 65 living in all settings have accounted for about 80 percent of the nation’s deaths, or about 400,000 fatalities. But what lessons have we learned? And how can we build [...]

By |2021-03-10T10:59:12-05:00March 10th, 2021|long term care reform|20 Comments

What The Divorce Of The Nation’s Biggest Nursing Home Operator And Owner Means

In a bombshell announcement, the real estate investment trust (REIT) Welltower—the biggest owner of nursing homes in the US-- is divorcing from Genesis Healthcare—the nation’s biggest operator of nursing facilities. At same the same, Genesis, whose share price has plummeted in recent years, announced it is delisting from the New York Stock Exchange. It is common for REITs to own [...]

By |2021-03-03T17:52:02-05:00March 3rd, 2021|nursing homes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is The Shift Of Medicaid Long-Term Care From Nursing Facilities To Home About To Accelerate?

The massive pandemic relief bill that the House is likely to approve by the end of this week includes billions of dollars in new funding for government long-term services and supports (LTSS) for frail older adults and young people with disabilities. But, paradoxically, the most far-reaching change may be from a temporary funding increase for Medicaid home and community-based services [...]

By |2021-02-24T15:04:09-05:00February 24th, 2021|Medicaid|8 Comments

How Can States Get Timely Covid-19 Vaccine to Family Caregivers Of Frail Seniors? It Is Complicated

Many experts have written about the importance of making covid-19 vaccines available to family caregivers of frail older adults and younger people with disabilities. But how can states do this? It turns out to be really complicated. Massachusetts shows what happens when one state decides to vaccinate not only older adults, but also the people who bring them to get [...]

By |2021-02-17T10:23:03-05:00February 17th, 2021|Health Care|0 Comments

Turn The Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment Process Over To StubHub or Ticketmaster

By now, everyone has stories about the Grand Fail of Covid-19 vaccine distribution--especially the inability to even make an appointment for a shot. It has become a process reminiscent of the old Soviet Union: See a line. Get in. There may be something to buy. This mess is especially hazardous to many older adults, who may not have computer skills—or [...]

By |2021-02-11T11:53:37-05:00February 11th, 2021|Health Care|0 Comments

How To Get Covid-19 Vaccine To Homebound Older Adults

In December, I wrote about how important it is to get the Covid-19 vaccine to millions of homebound older adults, younger people with disabilities,  and their caregivers.  It won’t be easy, but here are some ways to build on existing programs and housing arrangements. People with severe chronic disease and functional or cognitive limitations are extremely vulnerable to severe illness [...]

By |2021-02-01T11:28:59-05:00February 1st, 2021|aging in place|5 Comments

How To Get Long-Term Care Workers To Take The Covid-19 Vaccine

As of Monday, only about 22 percent of the covid-19 vaccine doses that have been distributed for use in long-term care facilities have made their way into the arms of residents and staff.  As has been well documented, these residents—nearly all with pre-existing medical conditions and functional and cognitive impairment-- are the most vulnerable to serious illness and death from [...]

By |2021-01-13T14:57:02-05:00January 13th, 2021|nursing homes|8 Comments

Congress Moves To Fix Medicare Enrollment, But Misses The Biggest Problem

In its massive end-of-year spending bill, Congress slipped in some important changes that may improve Medicare coverage for hundreds of thousands of older adults who don’t enroll when they first are eligible. Unfortunately, lawmakers only did half the job. The changes will help, but Congress chose to ignore the real cause of the problem. This is complicated, just like everything [...]

By |2021-01-08T11:15:08-05:00January 7th, 2021|Medicare|4 Comments

States Must Rapidly Deliver Coronavirus Vaccine To Frail Elders Living At Home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities near the top of the list for receiving a covid-19 vaccine. That is the right call. But public health officials should not forget about the millions of frail older adults living at home who are at risk of dying from [...]

By |2020-12-17T11:15:33-05:00December 17th, 2020|aging in place|9 Comments