A coalition of organizations that advocate for nursing home residents, including CANHR, have proposed a Framework for Nursing Home Reform Post COVID-19.
Illustrating why bad actors are in the nursing home business, KPCC reported on June 16, 2021 that nursing homes connected to ReNew Health and its CEO, Crystal Solorzano, received more than $428 million in Medicare and Medi-Cal payments between 2016 and 2019.
A June 2021 report by the HHS Office of Inspector General found a horrific increase in the death rate of nursing home residents in 2020 beyond deaths caused by Covid-19.
What policies can best protect nursing home residents now and in the future from the overwhelming infection and death rates seen during the pandemic?
Frustrated with visitation policies that are stuck in pre-vaccine 2020, CANHR and several other nursing home resident advocacy organizations called on CMS to restore visitation rights in U.S.
ABC 10 in Sacramento recently released a five-episode series on California’s flawed conservatorship system called “The Price of Care.” The investigative report exposes broad problems in the way conservatorships are granted and monitored while featuring individual stories in which conservatees were placed in long term care facilities, separated from family members, and charged enormous sums by professionals who profit from the system. While many of the conservatorship criticisms and themes featured in the series will not be new to those familiar with CANHR’s work, the series comes at a pivotal time in state reform efforts. Two bills in Sacramento, AB 1194 (Low) and SB 724 (Allen), would make important positive changes to the conservatorship process and are discussed in the fifth episode. ABC 10’s reporting is another example of recent media coverage of conservatorship problems that is contributing to a groundswell in demand for reform.