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The future of nursing homes lies in a community hub model: expert

To remain financially viable in a post-COVID world, nursing homes need to think more broadly and consider ways that they can serve as a hub for other aging services. That’s the message presented to the long-term care industry Thursday by Stuart Butler, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. Butler spoke to attendees of a LeadingAge coronavirus update call.

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SNF occupancy hits record low again in January: NIC report

Occupancy continued to be challenged as the skilled nursing industry navigated the first months of 2021, according to the latest monthly skilled nursing data report from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. Occupancy fell to a new low of 71.2%, dropping 0.4% below December’s numbers and 13.8% below pre-pandemic levels.

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Brookdale faces SNF lawsuit from coalition including Biden’s pick for HHS secretary

A lawsuit filed Monday accuses Brookdale Senior Living of lying to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to inflate the star ratings awarded to some of its skilled nursing facilities. The legal action, brought by a coalition including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is President Biden’s nominee for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also claims that Brookdale “ignored laws that protect patients’ safety when they are discharged from a facility.”

Skilled nursing occupancy hit new record low of 71.7% in December: NIC

Just as recent efforts to vaccinate long-term care patients and frontline healthcare workers began at the end of December, occupancy at the nation’s skilled nursing facilities reached its lowest level since the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care first began collecting these data in 2012. Census rates for December fell to 71.7%, a decline of 13.3 percentage points since February of last year, according to findings from the NIC MAP Data Service.

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