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CMS Answers Visitation FAQs Amid Spread of Omicron Variant

Since the onset of the pandemic, PKSD has been diligent to share nursing home visitation guidelines and updates provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Along the way, CMS has received a lot of questions about their recommendations. To help provide clarity regarding the most recent nursing…

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CMS Fall 2021 Nursing Home Visitation Updates

Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), nursing homes have been greatly impacted. Long-term care facilities have suffered repeated outbreaks and significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates. To help mitigate the risks of infection to nursing home residents and essential staff, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has…

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Liability if a Nursing Home Resident Suffers a Head Injury

Residents in nursing homes may often suffer injuries in the very place that is supposed to protect them. Whether broken bones, cuts or bruises, these falls can be quite risky for an elderly person. Head injuries are one of the most common – and serious – types of injuries residents…

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Troubled Iowa Nursing Home Taking Steps to Improve Care

An Iowa nursing home, recently assessed with multiple care violations, says it is now 100 percent compliant and taking steps to turn things around. Garden View Care Center is a facility based in Shenandoah, Iowa. It is one of 10 state facilities that has been placed on the Centers for…

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The COVID-19 Crisis in Nursing Homes is Worse Than Ever

It is by now a well-known and established fact that nursing homes across the country have been most affected by the ongoing COVID crisis. In fact, nursing home residents and staff account for approximately one-fifth of all U.S. COVID-19 deaths. Statistically, that means about one out of every 10 nursing…

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Nursing Home Liability for Failure to Follow Care Plans After a Fall

Falling is a leading concern for residents in long-term care. Many residents are frail for age-related reasons, making them more prone to having a fall. For others, however, the risk is greater because of an underlying medical condition that may make the consequences after a fall more dangerous. PKSD explains…

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Why COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Were Significantly Underreported

Early in the pandemic, it was clear that the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths occurred in long-term care facilities around the country. The statistics, as shared by the federal National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), are grim enough, however, they are also significantly underreported. Nursing homes and other long-term…

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How Will Nursing Homes Handle Resident Care as the Delta Variant Spreads?

The Delta Variant has seen a rapidly growing rate of new COVID-19 cases in nursing homes – the most since February 2020. After 16 months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, what have long-term care facilities and caregivers learned? How will they deal with the highly infectious Delta variant? Are…

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Nursing Home Facility Red Flags You Do Not Want to Ignore

Selecting a nursing home or other long-term care facility for your family member is not easy. How can you be sure a facility is safe and will provide the level of care your loved one needs? There are no guarantees, but there are warning signs facilities often reveal that indicate…

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The Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries

It is no secret that COVID-19 took a devastating toll on nursing homes across the country. That said, until now, there has not been enough data to tell the bigger story of its impact on those most affected – the residents – especially during the earlier months of the pandemic….

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