Vaccination rates among skilled nursing facilities’ workers continue to lag optimistic expectations. About 56% of all healthcare personnel have been fully vaccinated for the week ending June 27 vs. 79% of residents fully vaccinated, according to the most recent CMS data compiled by NIC’s Skilled Nursing COVID-19 Tracker. The reluctance among staff to get vaccinated is worrisome as the Delta variant becomes more dominant and COVID-19 cases rise among the general population across states with low vaccination coverage.
NIC MAP® Data Service, powered by NIC MAP Vision, an affiliate of NIC, released its latest Skilled Nursing Monthly Report on July 1, 2021, which includes key monthly data points from January 2012 through April 2021.
Ever heard of senior housing tourists? No, they’re not busloads of elderly travelers crisscrossing the country to visit assisted living communities. They’re not mature sightseers either, snapping photos of the latest amenity spaces. Instead, senior housing tourists are how Kai Hsiao describes newbie investors, developers, and operators in the senior housing industry, many of whom have failed to appreciate the healthcare aspects of the business.
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.