Nursing homes only test people with coronavirus symptoms. Should they test everyone?

By Kate Irby, McClatchy’s, May 20 2020 Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation In Turlock, Calif., on Saturday, April 25, 2020. PATTY GUERRA PGUERRA@MODBEE.COM WASHINGTON A California lawmaker whose district includes a nursing home that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak is proposing a bill that compel more COVID-19 testing in assisted living facilities regardless of whether a resident is showing symptoms of the disease.

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GAO Study Finds Persistent Subpar Infection Control and Enforcement in Nursing Homes

A new GAO study has found an extraordinary number of nursing homes have been cited for poor infection control practices in recent years and state nursing home enforcement agencies almost never find these poor practices harmful.  The GAO reports that 82% of the nation’s nursing homes were cited for bad infection prevention in 2013-2017, ranging from staff members failing to wash their hands to failing to isolate sick and infectious residents. 

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CANHR May 20 2020 Press Conference

CANHR staff, family members of nursing home residents and representatives from other advocacy organizations including Disability Rights California, Justice in Aging, Western Center on Law and Poverty and the Institute on Aging announced their opposition to proposed cuts in home and community based services, and the reinstitution of draconian Medi-Cal recovery policies. CANHR also called for reinstating visitation rights for family members of nursing home and assisted living residents who have not seen their family members for over two months.

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Watchdog finds widespread infection control problems at nursing homes

By Rachel Roubein, Politico, May 20 2020 The vast majority of nursing homes were cited for deficiencies related to infection prevention and control in recent years, according to a new federal watchdog report finding a history of widespread problems in an industry ravaged by the coronavirus. About 82 percent of nursing homes failed to meet federal standards for measures like proper handwashing or isolating sick residents at least once between 2013 and 2017, according to a new GAO report.

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Coronavirus testing slow to come to nursing homes, despite 35% of COVID-19 deaths

Catherine Ho and Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2020  Berkeley Councilwoman Kate Harrison (right) and husband Jim Hendry visit Harrison’s mother, 96, at a Pinole nursing home. Photo: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle As nursing home deaths continue to drive many of the fatalities in California — 35% of COVID-19 deaths have occurred at senior living facilities — state health officials are moving too slowly to require them to test all residents and workers, advocates and families say.

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