In March and April of 2021, researchers from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) and the nonpartisan and objective research organization, NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC). spoke with a dozen senior housing and care operators about their experiences, challenges, and successes throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency during 2020. Discussion topics included workflow changes implemented in response to various state and federal requirements, testing strategies employed, PPE access, challenges with dementia care residents, interventions to address loneliness and social isolation, and efforts to vaccinate residents and staff.
The Social Security Administration announced they will raise Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits by 5.9% for approximately 70 million Americans – 64 million Social Security beneficiaries and 8 million SSI recipients. This adjustment is set to take effect with benefits that Social Security beneficiaries receive beginning in January 2022.
The primary tool the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has for enforcing care standards at skilled nursing properties are civil monetary penalties (CMPs). CMPs are essentially fines for facilities found to be out of compliance with CMS care standards. Based on a national average, CMS penalties for skilled nursing properties had been on the rise from 2016 to the third quarter of 2019.
NIC provided a grant to NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) to study the disparate effects of the pandemic on different seniors housing and care settings. The study results have just been released.