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Feds: Nursing Home Staff Must Get COVID Tests



In the new year, the country continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released guidance to nursing homes and long-term care facilities on practical steps they can take to help reduce the COVID-19 infection rates among residents and staff this winter.




Feds: Nursing Home Staff Must Get COVID Tests



Since the initial nationwide push to get people vaccinated against COVID-19, the rate of nursing home residents getting boosters dropped to 42 percent, and the rate of nursing home staff that received updated COVID-19 vaccines dropped to 10 percent.


Nursing homes, including skilled nursing facilities, also received federal funds to mitigate the financial effects of the pandemic, although the long-term effects of the pandemic on these facilities remains unclear. According to MedPAC, new federal assistance made available to skilled nursing facilities helped to offset much of their financial losses and costs incurred due to COVID-19, with total margins increasing in 2020 based on preliminary data. However, skilled nursing facility volume remains below pre-pandemic levels and therefore the longer-term effects of lower utilization for some facilities remains uncertain. Additionally, with staffing declining by approximately 10% between February and December 2020, staffing issues and costs could pose a fiscal challenge for skilled nursing facilities into the future.


You should discuss changes with your primary care doctor and make sure a new directive replaces an old directive in your medical file. New directives must also be added to medical charts in a hospital or nursing home. Also, talk to your health care agent, family and friends about changes you have made.


The owners of Fulton Commons, their families, and their employees engaged in repeated and persistent fraud and illegality in operating Fulton Commons, including but not limited to violating several laws designed to protect nursing home residents and maintaining insufficient staffing in order to further enrich the owners and their families. In her lawsuit filed today, Attorney General James seeks to:


Yes. Starting January 15, 2022, health plans must cover at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic tests authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Your health plan must cover eight tests per month for each individual covered by your plan.


Health plans must cover tests you purchase in person or online. Depending on where you purchase the test, you may get the test at the point of sale for free, or you may have to pay for the test up-front and submit a claim to your insurer for reimbursement. Health plans can set up a network of convenient locations in their service area (like pharmacies or other retailers) where you can purchase at-home tests for free, rather than paying out-of-pocket for tests and submitting claims for reimbursement. You should contact your health plan to find out where you can obtain over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost or whether you will need to submit a claim for reimbursement after you purchase a test. 041b061a72


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