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Nursing homes visitors have been banned since March because of COVID-19. Now the federal agency that regulates the facilities has outlined terms for resuming visits immediately.
Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Greg Walden question some states’ requirement that nursing homes accept COVID-19-positive patients from hospitals.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says about 80% of nursing homes nationwide reported data to the CDC as required. The remaining 20% could face fines if they don’t comply.
Two new reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have found widespread problems in hospice care and say the government needs to open its scorecards on hospice care to the public.
Researchers found that a simple letter to doctors, focusing on their high prescribing rates, reduced their tendency to give risky antipsychotic drugs to their patients, including some with dementia.
Medicare pays more than $16 billion a year for hospice services. But a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services says hospice patients don’t always get the care they’re promised.
The drugs are intended to treat serious mental illness and are not approved to treat dementia. But the AARP finds more patients living at home or in assisted living facilities are getting them.