The 2024 Medicare open enrollment period begins October 15 and runs through December 7, with plan coverage taking effect on January 1, 2024.
A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) investigates changes in ownership within nursing homes in the United States between 2016 and 2019 and their potential impact on short-stay Medicare patient outcomes.
A Gallup poll revealed that more than 40% of queried adults give U.S. nursing homes a “poor” to “failing” grade with only 1% describing nursing home quality as “excellent.” A whopping seven out of ten adults report “they would be very or somewhat uncomfortable with being admitted to a nursing home if they could no longer care for themselves.” The evaluators of the poll concluded, “on balance, nursing homes are considered unsafe.”
September proved to be a BIG month for long term care facility regulatory reform! The federal government proposed its first ever nursing home minimum staffing requirements.