Jon Michael Harder, the former CEO of Sunwest Management convicted of defrauding assisted living community investors of millions of dollars, had his sentence commuted in a last-minute move by now-former President Trump.
Expenditures for home- and community-based services for Medicaid-eligible older adults and disabled individuals through Section 1915(c) waivers, used by some assisted living providers and others, topped $6.6 billion in 2018, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Although federal funding to provide COVID-19 clinical, operational and administrative support to senior living communities and other long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania ran out last month, the state said it will continue offering services through a scaled-down program for a few more weeks.
Providers greeted news of a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus with hope and enthusiasm in December. COVID-19 cases in long-term care total 6% — and 38% of deaths — nationally. In January, however, there is confusion, concern and disappointment at the lagging rates of vaccination for older adults, particularly those who live in assisted living and other residential care communities.
We all can agree that we’d like to see an end to the illness and death caused by the coronavirus. We’d like families and residents to be able to hug one another again. We’d like to stop having to wear PPE and stop having to stay six feet apart from each other.
We’re starting a new year, and the pandemic still rages on. Its complete demise never was guaranteed, but there was a quieted optimism that the virus would be largely improved by now. On the contrary, cases are on the rise and experts warn that we’ll likely see a resurgence in these winter months. The possibility…
After a year of hardship, senior living communities have reason to hope for better days ahead: the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. As widely reported, long-term care providers are among the first to receive vaccines that started being distributed through CVS Health and Walgreens on Dec. 21. The announcement of vaccine approval, however, is coming…
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