President Joe Biden’s plan to require employers with 100 or more workers to mandate COVID-19 vaccination or frequent testing is meeting with opposition at the state level, with 24 Republican attorneys general warning of a potential legal battle ahead.
A proposed regulation that calls for Pennsylvania skilled nursing facilities to increase minimum direct staffing hours from 2.7 hours per resident per day to 4.1 would require 7,000 new workers and result in approximately $400 million in new costs, Pennsylvania Health Care Association President and CEO Zach Shamberg testified Wednesday to the state Senate Aging & Youth and Health & Human Services Committees.
A federal judge on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order blocking New York state from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers, including workers in assisted living communities, saying their constitutional rights were violated.
Increased regulation of certified nursing assistants in assisted living and memory care communities is associated with fewer hospital admissions for residents, but more specific regulations for licensed practical nurses has the opposite effect, according to a study published Wednesday in Health Affairs.
Washington state is set to launch next year the nation’s first publicly operated insurance program next year to help offset residents’ future long-term care costs, but not all workers are on board with the payroll tax needed to pay for it.
As pandemic-related costs and a hike in the minimum wage continue to affect the costs of staying in business for assisted living providers, one state is looking at increasing its Medicaid funding to communities.
A bill that would give North Carolina long-term care residents the right to receive visitors during emergencies is awaiting the signature of Gov. Roy Cooper (D) after receiving legislative approval this week.
At least half of Florida’s assisted living communities already have implemented — or plan to initiate — COVID-19 vaccination mandates for staff members, according to a recent poll.
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Five healthcare advocacy groups are asking Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) to extend the deadline for mandatory vaccines for healthcare workers across the state, citing a “severe and worsening essential support workforce crisis.”
Several senior living and care organizations and the state of Maine are being sued by a national religious organization over the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
A comparison of cost, access and quality has launched California to the top of MedicareGuide’s list of top states for long-term care.
National religious organization Liberty Council has filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine “Jane Doe” healthcare workers against long-term care organizations, Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) and other defendants, challenging on religious grounds the state’s mandate requiring all healthcare workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
In anticipation of next month’s federal rollout of COVID-19 booster doses, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) issued an executive directive Wednesday directing state agencies to prioritize long-term care facilities, including assisted living communities.
A Colorado assisted living and memory care operator is facing 18 citations and reportedly rare conditions on its license following allegations of abuse and neglect.
As of Tuesday, Florida had reported a record average of 227 COVID-19 deaths a day this week.
As senior living providers and advocates continue calls to the federal government to release Provider Relief Funds, two senators are circulating a letter in search of signatures, to try to add pressure to the Department of Health and Human Services to distribute funds. The effort comes as association executives in one state ask the governor for $253 million.
Following the announcement of the coming COVID-19 booster shot as another tool to fight the spread of the virus, more states, providers and advocacy groups are joining the call for vaccine mandates for long-term care workers.
Illinois is the first state in the nation to require Alzheimer’s diagnosis training for healthcare professionals, officials said this week, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday.
New York long-term care workers are the latest group to fall under a state COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Meanwhile, Arizona-based senior living provider Sun Health announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment for its more than 600 workers.