Nursing home advocates are raising the alarm that states are reopening their economies without the ability to protect residents.
Long-term care facilities like nursing homes have been hard hit by the coronavirus - they account for more than half of COVID-19 related deaths in Mass. - and this new audit is part of the state's COVID-19 Nursing Facility Accountability and Support Program.
More than 30,000 coronavirus deaths are linked to long-term care facilities, according to the health non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation's website.
Before COVID-19 killed thousands of nursing home residents, about 4 in 10 homes inspected were cited for infection control problems, according to a government watchdog report Wednesday that finds a "persistent" pattern of lapses.
The point of testing everyone is to catch people who are infected but show no symptoms - including employees who work at multiple nursing homes and could spread the disease from facility to facility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have told nursing homes they should be constantly screening residents and staff for symptoms of the novel coronavirus, and test them if they have any symptoms.More news: Prince William's dinnertime problem with George, Charlotte and Louis is so relatable
By employing effective infection control and prevention, coordinating with local and state health authorities, and showing patience and kindness to others, we can beat the virus, reopen America, and keep our nursing home residents safe and healthy.
The administration recommended that nursing homes should be "among the last" institutions to reopen in a community, and that adequate protective gear and staffing is needed first.
To view the numbers, visit the state's coronavirus page. It would cost $36 million to test more than 240,000 nursing home residents and staff in California, the group said. But there's not a national plan. The federal CMS took action, requiring the nursing home to retrain staff and submit a plan for corrective action to state inspectors. Nearly 70 percent of the country's nursing homes are run by for-profit companies, with the rest run by nonprofit companies.
Donald H. Taylor Jr.is a professor of public policy in Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, a founding faculty member of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, and director of the Social Science Research Institute.
"This is an indicator of persistent problems", the GAO's nonpartisan investigators said.
"Everybody has to be working in unison to make this happen, the ownership of the facility working with the state, and then getting help from the federal level", Boucher said. The Health Department has installed a temporary manager at Brighton, and the National Guard has been sent there and to other nursing homes with severe outbreaks.More news: Climate Change Is Turning Parts of Antarctica Green, But It's Not Grass
"The introduction of a highly contagious and deadly virus into such conditions was always going to be like setting a match to tinder, which is why this administration has been so focused on protecting this vulnerable population", Verma said.
"If there needs to be a heavier hand moving into the future, I don't think there will be, but we're always prepared to do that", the official said. According to requirements announced on April 19, nursing homes reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid had until May 17 to report the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in their patients and employees to the CDC. He heard from staff members who were forced to quit because of inadequate testing. He will be sending 320,000 testing kits to homes across the state.
Minnesota appears to be one of the few states in the country that currently allows nursing homes to admit COVID-19 positive patients, a practice that other states earlier in the pandemic - such as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania - have now walked back.
"Let's say you have 100 people in a facility and you test everyone and find that five are positive". "The Trump administration is providing every resource we can, from funding and direct PPE shipments to regulatory flexibility and infection control consultations, to protect seniors in nursing homes and those who care for them".
Nursing home industry representatives could not be reached Monday night for comment, or had not yet read the new CMS guidance.More news: Toronto to reopen more than 850 park amenities this week