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Vaccine mandate to kick in for first wave of health workers

Jan. 26, 2022 18:19 PM EST

Health care workers in about half the states face a Thursday deadline to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under a Biden administration mandate that will be rolled out across the rest of the country in the coming weeks. While the requirement is welcomed by some, others...

Medicare posts key nursing home staffing info for consumers

Jan. 26, 2022 16:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shining a light on key markers for nursing home quality, Medicare said Wednesday it is now posting details on staff turnover and weekend nurse coverage on its “Care Compare” website, where families can research a facility. The move by the Biden administration...

Nebraska adds nearly 100 nursing home beds to help hospitals

Jan. 26, 2022 12:14 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new state program will add nearly 100 new nursing home beds in three of Nebraska's largest cities to help relieve some of the pressure on hospitals that are struggling with the surge in COVID-19 cases. The state Department of Health and Human Services said...

Nursing home: Residents deaths amid storm 'mischaracterized'

Jan. 25, 2022 13:06 PM EST

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a North Carolina nursing home is concerned that the deaths of two residents amid a winter storm has been “mischaracterized” and said the deaths weren’t related to staffing issues. Principle LTC, the owner of Pine Ridge Health &...

Hogan signs order to boost staff at hospitals, nursing homes

Jan. 24, 2022 12:56 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order on Monday to expand staffing in hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies in response to COVID-19. The order provides licensing flexibility for pharmacists and technicians to help support the pharmacy...

Governor delays new nursing home staffing requirements

Jan. 23, 2022 14:01 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is delaying a new law that would fine nursing homes for failing to comply with minimum staffing requirements. Gov. Dan McKee signed an executive order Friday that delays the law from going into effect until at least Feb. 14, the Providence...

'Whoa, that's not right': Georgia towns lead census appeals

Jan. 22, 2022 11:57 AM EST

When officials in Chester, Georgia, heard that the 2020 census had pegged their small town at 525 people, their jaws dropped. They believed the town was almost triple that size and feared an inaccurate number could force them to make budget cuts. “I said, ‘Whoa, that’s not...

Help extended for hospitals, nursing homes hit hard by COVID

Jan. 21, 2022 18:04 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill Friday extending executive orders that help address crippling shortages of medical personnel and nursing home workers. One order allows hospital staff to perform a broader range of duties. The other makes licensing of...

New York couple accused of Nebraska nursing homes fraud

Jan. 20, 2022 18:31 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A couple from Brooklyn, New York, is facing a lawsuit accusing them of committing Medicaid fraud involving several nursing homes that Nebraska $59.6 million. A lawsuit filed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office accuses Joseph and Rosie Schwartz, and...

Youngkin lays out 'COVID Action Plan' for Virginia

Jan. 20, 2022 18:08 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order Thursday intended to continue offering hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers extra flexibility as they deal with the latest COVID-19 surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The...