Nursing Home COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Protect The Most Vulnerable, But Pose a Hidden Threat to Residents

By Tara Law, Time Magazine, September 2, 2021 Some two weeks before U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Aug. 18 that nursing homes must require their staff to get vaccinated or risk losing their Medicare and Medicaid funding, Genesis HealthCare, which manages about 250 facilities nationwide that offer long-term care and other services, had said its workers would need to be vaccinated.

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Most nursing homes won’t use pharmacy chains to administer coronavirus booster shots

By Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post, August 27 2021 Judie Shape, center, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., visited last year through the window of her room with her daughter Lori Spencer, left, and son-in-law Michael Spencer. (Ted S. Warren/AP) The Biden administration does not plan to rely on national pharmacy chains to give booster doses of coronavirus vaccines to millions of nursing home residents this fall, as officials did last winter, federal health officials said.

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Sadness and death: Inside the VA’s state nursing-home disaster

By Joanne Kenen, Allan James Vetal and Darius Tahir, Politico, August 24 2021 An image of veteran Harry Malandrinos is projected onto the home of his son, Paul Malandrinos, as he looks out a window with his wife, Cheryl, in Wilbraham, Mass., May 16, 2020. | David Goldman/AP Photo For years, the Veterans Affairs has spent upwards of $1 billion a year funding state-run nursing homes for veterans, while requiring only a single annual safety inspection, performed by an outside contractor.

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Licensing by clerical error: How the state’s mistake decided the course of two nursing homes

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters, August 19 2021 Illustration by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters; iStock California Department of Public Health officials say they cannot fix their mistake, amid cries the licensing system for nursing homes is “broken and ineffective.” The state’s nursing home licensing system has long raised the ire of elder-care advocates.  Now, another misstep has sparked new frustration among both nursing home watchdogs and state lawmakers.  By its own admission, the California Department of Public Health incorrectly listed a controversial nursing home operator as holding permanent licenses for two Los Angeles-area nursing homes.

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Opinion: My father’s nursing home didn’t require vaccinations for its workers. It was a deadly decision.

Opinion by Louise Dubin, The Washington Post, August 16 2021 A nursing student administers the Moderna coronavirus vaccine in Las Vegas on April 26. (John Locher/AP) Louise Dubin is a cellist and writer based in New Jersey. Most of the residents at my father’s nursing home are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But many of the staff members there — as at many other facilities across the United States — refuse vaccines.

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Nursing Homes Confront New Covid Outbreaks Amid Calls for Staff Vaccination Mandates

By Matt Richtel and Reed Abelson, New York Times, August 10 2021 Tina Sandri, the C.E.O. of Forest Hills Nursing Home in Washington, D.C., receiving the vaccine in February. About 60 percent of U.S. nursing home staff are vaccinated. Kenny Holston for The New York Times In late spring, the 142 nursing homes operated by the Good Samaritan Society hit a milestone that was unthinkable just four months earlier: Zero cases of Covid-19 across the whole company, from 900 at the peak of the pandemic.

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Nursing Homes May Face Steeper Safety Fines

By Reed Abelson, New York Times, July 28 2021 The Biden administration has quietly undone a Trump policy that severely restricted penalties imposed on facilities that violated safety standards. Maureen McKinney of Ellensburg, Wash., was “horrified” by the minimal penalty imposed at a nursing home where a Covid-19 outbreak claimed the lives of 15 residents, including her husband’s. 

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Controversial Nursing Home Mogul Faces Hearing Over Disputed Facilities

Aaron Mendelson, LAist, July 19 2021 Solorzano photographed in 2018 with Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose campaign ReNew supported with $20,000. Newsom donated $10,000 of that to charity after our investigation was published in April.(Screenshot from ReNew’s Instagram account/California Secretary of State) The letters from the state’s public health department to nursing home mogul Crystal Solorzano were blunt: “You have not provided evidence satisfactory to be licensed.” Solorzano, whose Southern California-based ReNew Health is connected to nursing homes throughout the state, had applied to acquire nine additional facilities in April 2020.

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Hopes, fears and tears: Staff, relatives of residents at Pacific Coast Manor tell their stories

By Melissa Hartman, Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 6 2021 Two families stand (and lay) right outside of Pacific Coast Manor in Capitola. Eddie, Vanessa and Karina Martinez (back center) hold photographs of their late mother, former facility resident Maria Martinez. Elizabeth Hidalgo (left, holding her dog) and Osa “Bear” Hidalgo de la Riva (far right) pose near their mother Angela “Lola” dela Riva, who they wheeled through the property and down to the sidewalk so she could be included in the photoshoot.

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Nursing home deaths rose by 32% in 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, June 22 2021 Emergency medical workers load a patient into an ambulance in Brooklyn, N.Y., in April 2020.(John Minchillo / Associated Press) WASHINGTON —  Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims.

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