Yet poor people will still get old and sick and need to go somewhere. Investors and owners will be just fine. The equity money will wander with them into the wider field of assisted living facilities (ALFs) where regulations are virtually non-existent, and Memory Care units where business is booming because of Alzheimer’s. In these facilities, COVID numbers are rarely counted, there are no staffing ratios, and workers get paid even less. Nursing homes will not go away, they will just get worse. As an essential over-flow valve for hospitals, they continue to provide post-acute care. But their residents will get sicker, the margins will get slimmer, and caregivers will suffer. … [Read more...] about Nursing Home Workers Were Underpaid, Overworked, and Denied PPE. And Then COVID Hit.
“They’ve got two jobs here: First of all, they need to engage in the contact tracing, and if their child is involved in that, the parent will be contacted about the specifics, but they also have a job to maintain that folks HIPAA rights,” he explained. “HIPAA rights, just don’t go away because we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Now it becomes more important for, you know, folks to share with their friends and with their family when they get it you know, but there’s a fine line to walk and I understand completely understand parents that want to know. And it’s the same thing with the converse of that you know if teachers find out hey you had a child in your classroom that has the disease that has coronavirus, they want to know that as well.” … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania State Education Association Encouraging Teachers To Remain Vigilant And Safe During Reopenings
There hasn't been a lot for the members of the legislature to do, because so much is with the governor through emergency powers, and so the individual members really haven't had that much of an input right now. What I have been doing is to get ready for the next session, because the bigger issues that I'm going to be dealing with is with the budget. … [Read more...] about SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Gary Gates integrates family issues into legislation, urges mask wearing
The report, requested by the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, found immigrants who are essential workers face increased risks of COVID-19 infection while suffering gaps in federal relief packages. The research was requested to illustrate the demographics of San Jose’s immigrant population and inform advocacy and more inclusive local emergency responses. … [Read more...] about Study Pushes San Jose to Create Immigrant-Inclusive COVID-19 Relief Measures
In response to a request for comment from The Daily Beast, an HHS spokesperson said that the department “acted swiftly to deliver urgently needed funding to our frontline healthcare providers,” noting that nursing homes were eligible for some $62 billion in relief alongside hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers. HHS, said the spokesperson, has been “transparent and upfront” about getting funds more immediately to facilities that depend less on revenue from Medicare and Medicaid payments, like many nursing homes do. With respect to its communication with lawmakers, the spokesperson said HHS continues to “maintain an open line of communication with Members of Congress, including holding briefings for members of both the House and Senate and working with members on a daily basis, while helping coordinate the response to the public health emergency.” … [Read more...] about Rage Builds as Feds Slow-Walk COVID Nursing Home Cash