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Debates arise over who should foot the bill for nursing home worker testing

Regular COVID-19 testing of nursing home staff, who are the most likely to introduce the virus to a facility and spread it to residents, has been sanctioned by experts as one of the most important ways to contain outbreaks. Yet a patchwork of state and federal recommendations have hampered efforts to devise a uniform policy for the testing and led to disputes over whether insurers or employers should cover testing costs, according to a Tuesday New York Times report.

COVID-19 pushed SNF occupancy to lowest levels since 2012 in March: NIC

Skilled nursing occupancy numbers suffered their biggest hit since 2012 in March, as the initial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic began to set in. According to monthly data released Monday from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care, SNFs suffered a 132-basis point decline from the prior month and a 53-basis point decline from year-end 2019, declining to an occupancy rate of 83.4% in March.

It’s time to re-think nursing home ownership, say senior care experts

In early April, the non-profit San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living’s skilled nursing facility began accepting COVID-positive patients discharged from hospitals, under a directive from the state of California. Since then, none of its prior residents have been infected, nor have any of its staff taking care of the new COVID-positive patients, according to Daniel Ruth, the continuing care retirement community’s president and CEO.

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