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Study: 1 in 5 nursing homes face severe PPE and staff shortages

People in nursing homes make up less than 1% of the U.S. population. However, they account for 43% of all COVID-19 deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Our loved ones are very vulnerable to this disease, and adequate staffing and personal protective equipment (PPE) are essential to their care.

Experts: COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities falls short

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, residents and staff of long-term care facilities account for almost 45% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. Yet testing for the virus has not reached levels that experts say are necessary to stem the spread of the virus.

Pandemic underscores systemically low staffing in nursing homes

Even with restrictions on visitors, COVID-19 has run through nursing facilities like wildfire. As we discussed recently on this blog, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that almost 26,000 residents of American nursing homes have died from COVID-19 and another 60,000 have become sick.

HHS report finds patient neglect, false billing in hospice care provided under Medicare

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General has just released a report on hospice care provided through Medicare. After synthesizing patient records and Medicare patient data from more than a decade, the Inspector General concluded that, while most patients can rely on hospice care to relieve their suffering, some hospice providers are neglecting patients and billing for services that were unnecessary or not provided.

Use of antipsychotics in nursing homes down but still a problem

Many nursing homes across the country have been accused of using antipsychotic medications to sedate patients. This makes the patients passive and easier to handle, but it has serious medical implications. These drugs carry federal warnings stating they increase the risk of death for people with dementia.

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