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Vaccination Report Status

Transparency Long-term care facilities must report weekly data on COVID-19 vaccination status for both residents and staff. The rule also requires providers to report the use of therapeutics administered to residents for treatment of COVID-19. The AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard shows SARS-CoV-2-related deaths and cases in nursing homes decreased dramatically because of the vaccine.

SC’s Vaccination Rates

Hesitancy Vaccination rates are poor. South Carolina ranks #46 for vaccination rates. But South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared the state of emergency over anyway. Eight of the 10 least-vaccinated states are in the South, a reflection of vaccine hesitancy, lack of education, and poor access to health care. McMaster persuaded only 46% of South Carolinians

Uber Rich Pay No Taxes

ProPublica published an analysis, based on the tax returns of thousands of wealthy Americans, including Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Here’s ProPublica’s explanation of why it decided to publish the new story, despite privacy concerns.) ProPublica previously published articles about the I.R.S.’s lax enforcement of taxes on the

Rhode Island Staffing

Governor Dan McKee signed the Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Act. The law will increase staffing in nursing homes. Not enough but better than it was prior to the increase. The new law will establish a minimum standard of 3.58 hours of resident care per day by Jan. 1, 2022. The law increases staffing in

Arkansas Staffing

Arkansas increased staffing in nursing homes. Arkansas’ nursing home staffing requirements will be updated for the first time in decades. However, the level is still not safe. The minimum safe levels are 4.1 hours per patient per day.  No wonder the industry lobbyists are happy. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation HB 1776 that providers

New York Staffing

New York passed a law increasing staffing at nursing homes.  Nursing home owners and operators oppose minimum safe staffing at nursing homes. The law will require direct caregivers to spend at least 4.175 hours per patient per day (HPPD). The allocation is Certified Nurse’s aide, 2.8 hours; Licensed practical nurse, 1.3 hours; and Registered nurse, .75

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