How government incentives shaped the nursing home business — and left it vulnerable to a pandemic

By Will Englund and Joel Jacobs, The Washington Post, November 27 2020 Janine Cooke, 53, holds a photo of her mother, Mary Catlin, and a friend at her home in Brighton, MI. (Elaine Cromie/For The Washington Post) The fee-for-service system misses important priorities and practically invites fraud For the family of Mary Catlin, who died after catching the coronavirus at a nursing home, the pandemic was an infuriating and avoidable tragedy.

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‘We have no business taking victory laps:’ Just as conditions were improving, second wave of COVID-19 strikes California nursing homes

By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, November 21 2020 SAN JOSE CA – NOVEMBER 18: On outbreak of COVID has been reported at Atria Willow Glen, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in San Jose, Calif., (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Large outbreaks at two San Jose care facilities are among the Bay Area’s surging COVID-19 cases Despite remaining sequestered inside their walls for more than eight months, almost totally isolated from family members and the outside world, residents of long-term care facilities across California now face another dangerous spread of the coronavirus in their midst.

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Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

By Matt Sedensky and Bernard Condon, Associated Press, November 18 2020 Sisters Barbara Leak-Watkins, right, and Alberta Lynn Fantroy pose with photos of their late father, Alex Leak Jr., at Watkins’ home in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The Army veteran died in July after collapsing from dehydration at his assisted-living facility, and the family believes pandemic-related neglect is to blame.

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COVID-19’s Deadly Lesson: Time To Revamp Long-Term Care

By Deborah Gastfreund Schuss, Health Affairs Blog, November 17 2020 At age 42, James Reilly has lived in a nursing facility for seven years because of a worsening seizure disorder that struck when he was born. Betsy and Tom Reilly have been by their son’s side each day, gently exercising his limbs, monitoring his oxygen, and being James’ “extra set of eyes” since he cannot speak for himself.

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Most indoor visits cease at San Diego County nursing homes as region drops to most restrictive tier

By Lauren J. Mapp, The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 14 2020 Norma Cazares poses in her Chula Vista home with a photograph of her aunt and mother on Friday, November 13. Her aunt lives in a skilled nursing home in El Cajon, which will stop indoor visitations due to the county reaching the most restrictive tier. 

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California nursing homes see surge in coronavirus cases amid statewide spike

By Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, November 12 2020 Nurses from John Muir Medical Center suited up in April before entering Orinda Care Center, where dozens of residents and staff members had tested positive for coronavirus.Photo: Noah Berger / Special to The Chronicle Coronavirus cases are starting to surge again in California nursing homes amid a third deadly wave of the virus.

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Nursing Homes Still See Dangerously Long Waits for COVID Test Results

By Jordan Rau and Lauren Weber and Rachana Pradhan, Kaiser Health News, November 12 2020 Nursing homes are still taking days to get back COVID-19 test results as many shun the Trump administration’s central strategy to limit the spread of the virus among old and sick Americans. In late summer, federal officials began distributing to nursing homes millions of point-of-care antigen tests, which can be given on-site and report the presence or absence of the virus within minutes.

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When COVID Hit: America’s Nursing Home Nightmare

By Al Jazeera English, November 4 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, nursing homes became ground zero. By November, more than 60,000 nursing home residents had died of COVID-19, accounting for roughly a quarter of all fatalities nationwide. Yet the nursing home industry had already struggled with chronic problems before the pandemic. From allegations of systematic understaffing to toothless government oversight, Fault Lines examines what made residents and workers so vulnerable.

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When Wildfire Breaks Out During a Pandemic, Who’s Responsible for Elderly Evacuees?

By April Dembosky and Molly Peterson, KQED, October 30 2020 About 200 elderly wildfire evacuees wait at 3:00 a.m. outside the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa before being turned away from the temporary shelter on Sept. 28, 2020. (Gabe Meline/KQED) They’ve been here for hours: buses full of seniors still idling in the parking lot.

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As pandemic raged and thousands died, government regulators cleared most nursing homes of infection-control violations

By Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs and Shawn Mulcahy, The Washington Post, October 29 2020 Heritage Hall in Leesburg, Va., with more than a dozen covid-19 deaths, was issued a $5,000 fine for not separating residents in a common area. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) Despite promises of ‘aggressive enforcement,’ over 40,000 residents died in homes that received a clean bill of health At the outset of a looming pandemic, just weeks after the first known coronavirus outbreak on U.S.

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