Massachusetts nursing homes fighting coronavirus are ‘teetering on the edge of collapse’

Senior care facilities are “teetering on the edge of collapse” without enough protective gear, testing and funding to keep Massachusetts’ most vulnerable populations alive as coronavirus spreads through nursing homes at an alarming rate. “In a lot of ways, we are the front line of this battle. And that’s why the urgency of the personal protective equipment and the staffing and the resources is now,” said Massachusetts Senior Care Association President Tara Gregorio. “This was already a system in crisis

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NURSING HOMES PUT OUT URGENT PLEA FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) DONATIONS FOR FRONTLINE STAFF

NURSING HOMES PUT OUT URGENT PLEA FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) DONATIONS FOR FRONTLINE STAFF WEBSITE CREATED FOR DONATIONS Today the Massachusetts Senior Care Association launched a website for donations of Personal Protection Equipment for nursing home staff fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle. MSCA is looking for donations of surgical masks, N-95 masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, thermometer covers, and alcohol-based sanitizing gels. All donations will directly go to nursing homes most in need. Facing severe shortages

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Nursing Home Advocates Call For More Funds, Tests And Protective Equipment

In the past week, dozens of Massachusetts nursing home residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least 20 have died from the disease. Now, an industry group that represents hundreds of senior care facilities around the state says their members are facing a major a shortage of staffing, funds, and personal protective equipment like masks and gowns. "We have nursing facilities today that do not have adequate supplies of masks, gloves and gowns," said Tara Gregorio, president of the

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Important Update from Massachusetts Senior Care Association President Tara Gregorio Regarding COVID-19 Testing of Nursing Facility Residents

Important Update from Massachusetts Senior Care Association President Tara Gregorio Regarding COVID-19 Testing of Nursing Facility Residents The Massachusetts Senior Care Association and our members are grateful to the Command Center for being the first state in the country to act by lowering the threshold for COVID-19 testing for long term care residents. To our knowledge, no other state has yet to expand testing criteria for long term care residents. This action is consistent with CDC findings released on March

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‘Some of them are very scared’: A Wellesley nursing home worker shares how residents are coping during the coronavirus pandemic

By Edelyne Bontemps April 2, 2020 Coronavirus is affecting everyday life — even for those who have not been infected. We are sharing stories of its impact on local people. This story was told by Edelyne Bontemps, a full-time Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Elizabeth Seton Residence Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Wellesley, and has been transcribed and edited from a conversation with Kristi Palma. My name is Edelyne Bontemps. I’m a CNA at Elizabeth Seton in Wellesley. Right now

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Update from Massachusetts Senior Care Association President Tara Gregorio Regarding Efforts to Combat COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Update from Massachusetts Senior Care Association President Tara Gregorio Regarding Efforts to Combat COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities The elderly, both those living in skilled nursing facilities or in the community, remain particularly vulnerable to contracting the COVID-19 virus and, those with underlying health conditions are especially at risk. It is widely predicted by public health authorities that even with all current efforts that are underway, the number of COVID-19 cases among nursing home residents and their frontline caregivers will

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Despite Isolation, Nursing Home Residents In Good Spirits

CHATHAM – The need for social isolation is one of the most difficult aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, cutting off visits from families and friends, often their only social interactions, can be difficult. “It's just very limiting for us all,” said Liberty Commons resident John Shearer. “But it's a sacrifice that a few of us have to make. We're very vulnerable, and certainly don't want the virus to get in here

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Statement of Tara Gregorio, President of Massachusetts Senior Care Association, On COVID-19 Recovery Skilled Nursing Facilities in the Commonwealth

STATEMENT OF TARA GREGORIO, PRESIDENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR CARE ASSOCIATION, ON COVID-19 RECOVERY SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES IN THE COMMONWEALTH “Skilled nursing facilities care for some of the most vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth and our members are taking extraordinary steps to help ensure their health, safety and well- being during this COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the anticipated surge in the need for hospital and nursing facility care over the coming weeks, nursing facilities in partnership with the Commonwealth and

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Mass Senior Care Association Releases Statement Supporting SALMON Health & Retirement’s Decision to Dedicate A Building to Caring for COVID-19 Patients

Mass Senior Care Association Releases Statement Supporting SALMON Health & Retirement’s Decision to Dedicate A Building to Caring for COVID-19 Patients “Skilled nursing facilities care for some of the most vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth and our members are taking extraordinary steps to help ensure their health, safety and well-being during this COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the anticipated surge in the need for hospital and nursing facility care over the coming weeks, the state has called on us to help

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Nursing homes caring for most vulnerable to coronavirus appeal for help

Massachusetts nursing homes caring for many of the people most vulnerable to the coronavirus made a public plea Tuesday for additional funding, staff and supplies to help protect residents and their caregivers. Tara Gregorio, president of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, which represents nearly 400 nursing homes, said their ability to meet the needs of both depends largely on the ability to secure personal protective equipment, including masks, scrubs and gloves. “We’re clearly in the bull’s-eye right now,” said Richard

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Statement from Mass Senior Care Association Regarding Mobilization of Nursing Homes to Meet Resident and Staff Needs During Covid-19 Crisis 

Statement from Mass Senior Care Association Regarding Mobilization of Nursing Homes to Meet Resident and Staff Needs During Covid-19 Crisis Massachusetts Senior Care Association is working closely with the Baker Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and other state and federal agencies to support the state's nursing homes in mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus that poses a lifethreatening danger to our elderly residents. The Association is assisting nursing facilities across the Commonwealth to mobilize all resources necessary

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MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR CARE ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON UPDATED COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS 

MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR CARE ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON UPDATED COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS “As the Commonwealth moves aggressively to a COVID-19 mitigation strategy, the state’s nursing facilities are working diligently to implement every available measure in order to protect the state’s 100,000 residents and staff who are especially at risk of contracting this illness. Following Tuesday’s declaration of a State Emergency by Gov. Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts Senior Care Association (MSCA) is continuing to work with the Baker Administration to implement statewide protocols aimed

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MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR CARE ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON COVID-19 

MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR CARE ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON COVID-19 Massachusetts Senior Care Association members are taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our residents and staff, including use of personal protective equipment, posting signage at entrances and throughout our facilities on best practices, providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and asking those with respiratory illnesses and those who have traveled out of the country to refrain from in-person visits. As always, the safety and health of residents and staff in the Commonwealth's nursing

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We honor our values and our communities by honoring our frail elderly

My mother Helen lived on her own at home until she was 89 years old and then lived in elderly housing until she was 97, at which point she came to live with me and my husband in our Lowell home. After she suffered a mild stroke while living with us and left us for rehabilitative care, we knew she needed more care than we could provide. One year ago, she moved into the Palm Center nursing facility in Chelmsford

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Cape Cod Nursing Homes Suffer from a Shortage of Nursing Assistants

Cape Cod's population is aging, at the same time the region has fewer and fewer working professionals to take care of the elderly. That shortage has been a factor in a number of nursing homes closing on the Cape and South Coast earlier this year. A large part of the nursing home workforce is made up of Certified Nursing Assistants – also known as CNAs. Often paid minimum wage, these workers are the first line of caretakers for the elderly

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MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR CARE FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 35 EMPLOYEES AT LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH

BOSTON – Building on decades-long tradition of supporting employees working to achieve their goals of a career in long term care, the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation announced its 2019 Foundation Scholars. This year’s class of 35 recipients will use their scholarships to help pay for tuition, books, and other out-of-pocket expenses as they work towards advancing their personal and professional goals in the long term care profession. “It’s an honor to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. The 2019 Foundation Scholars

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Nine Massachusetts Long Term Care Facilities Receive National Quality Award

Nine Massachusetts Long Term Care Facilities Receive National Quality Award Waltham, MA – Nine member nursing facilities of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association have been been awarded the American Health Care Association’s 2019 Silver Achievement in Quality Awards in recognition of the exemplary resident care provided at each of these facilities. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of these member nursing facilities,” said Tara Gregorio, President of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association. “A Silver Achievement in Quality Award demonstrates

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Losing money and struggling to find workers, a nursing home operator feels the squeeze

By Robert Weisman Globe Staff June 23, 2019 DARTMOUTH — When five Skyline nursing homes shut their doors last month, Frank Romano came to the rescue. He accepted more than three dozen old and frail residents at a pair of nursing homes he owns here and in neighboring New Bedford. Now he’s scrambling to find nurses to care for them, along with more kitchen, laundry, and maintenance workers. As he looks for help, he’s struggling to operate the properties profitably

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23 Massachusetts Long Term Care Facilities Receive National Quality Award

23 Massachusetts Long Term Care Facilities Receive National Quality Award Waltham, MA – Twenty-three member facilities of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association have been recognized nationally for providing exemplary care to their residents as recipients of the 2019 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award. The award, given annually by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, recognizes those providers that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of care for individuals living in senior living

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BEULAH CLAYTON, Whitman: State needs to do more for nursing home workers

To the editor: I have worked as a certified nursing assistant at the Elizabeth Seton Residence skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Wellesley for more than 30 years. I love helping my elderly residents, making sure they get the love and care they deserve. Nursing home staff are hardworking and the job isn’t easy. We feed them, bathe them, dress them, toilet them, among other things. It takes a lot of patience and compassion but it’s important they feel like

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Industry Says 35 Nursing Homes at Risk of Closure in 2019

By Chris Lisinski STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 4, 2019......Almost three dozen nursing homes across Massachusetts are at risk of closing this year, threatening the ability of senior citizens to access needed care, an industry group warned. In recent months, 20 facilities have shuttered, and another 35 could do so by the end of the year if lawmakers do not act to close a $360 million annual funding gap, according to the Massachusetts Senior Care Association. MassHealth

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MA NURSING HOME SECTOR TO SOUND THE ALARM TO LAWMAKERS AT MONDAY STATE HOUSE HEARING

MA NURSING HOME SECTOR TO SOUND THE ALARM TO LAWMAKERS AT MONDAY STATE HOUSE HEARING NURSING HOME STABILIZATION BILLS RECOGNIZE UNPRECEDENTED FINANCIAL CRISIS JEOPARDIZING ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE 35 HOMES POTENTIALLY AT RISK OF CLOSING THIS YEAR BOSTON --- Saying the need is now, the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, along with nursing home direct care workers, residents, their families and providers will urge the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs on Monday to approve legislation to stabilize the nursing home sector

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Ferency: Don’t balance a budget at the elderly’s expense

By Cathy Ferency/Guest Columnist March 28, 2019 A few years ago, I, along with my mother, made the difficult decision to secure a place for her in a nearby nursing home. It’s never an easy decision, especially in my mom’s case, because she was so independent and able to take care of herself. Until she couldn’t. She needed more care than I could provide given that I work full time. After moving into the nursing home, neither she, nor I

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Why nursing homes are closing across Massachusetts

Lori Ferrante has a lot on her mind. She oversees Elizabeth Seton Residence, one of the highest-ranked nursing homes in the state, which historically has meant stable finances and a long wait list to get in. But the wait list has shortened in recent years, and while occupancy rates are regularly higher than industry averages, Ferrante nonetheless finds herself regularly checking the nonprofit’s bank accounts to ensure enough money is available to cover payroll. “I didn’t need to do that

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As Medicaid Rates Lag Behind Costs, Unpaid Nursing Home Bills Pile Up

Across the U.S., Medicaid rates tend to fall short of the cost of nursing home care for beneficiaries. In the state of Massachusetts, the financial pressures have rendered many skilled nursing facilities unstable — and forced many of them to close. The trend has also forced many of them to leave bills unpaid, which spreads the pain outside the SNF to vendors and others. For Tara Gregorio of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association (MSCA), it’s a warning sign about the

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Opinion: Massachusetts’ nursing homes are facing a crisis

Last year 20 nursing homes in the state shut their doors, including Island Terrace, a family owned four-star facility in Lakeville. Now, the Taunton City Council has voted to close the Taunton Nursing Home. Managing the closing of a nursing home, which we had to do in six of the 20 homes, is a difficult and painful task for all concerned and it is something I hope I never have to do again. Relocating people, especially fragile people, from their

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RICH BANE: Money for nursing homes should be a state budget priority

In March of 2017, I took to these pages to warn of a pending crisis in Massachusetts skilled nursing facilities, suggesting that closures were coming, staffing challenges were escalating, and that the high quality care that our sector provides to frail elders who can no longer be cared for at home was in jeopardy. Sadly, today those warnings have become reality, and the situation is only getting worse. Consider the facts today. The majority of residents in our homes are

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Nursing homes throughout Mass. face ‘colossal collapse’ from Medicaid shortfall

The economy is booming, unemployment is low and a “silver tsunami” of baby boomers — the wealthiest generation in U.S. history — are beginning to retire and make decisions about their long-term health care. It seems like it would be a good time to be in the nursing home business. But in reality, senior care advocates, workers and even residents say the industry is in a financial crisis in Massachusetts. According to the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, an advocacy organization

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Column: Nursing home funding must be a priority

Massachusetts skilled nursing homes are facing an unprecedented crisis that currently threatens our ability to fulfill our obligations. Yes, it’s that’s serious. Unfortunately, it’s not a surprise. Two years ago, I suggested that closures were coming, staffing challenges were escalating, and that the high quality care that our sector provides to frail elders who can no longer be cared for at home was in jeopardy. Sadly, today those warnings have become reality, and the situation is only getting worse. Consider

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McCarthy: Addressing the crisis facing long-term nursing care

Consider this scenario. Your aging parent is in her 80s, medically fragile, with worsening dementia. She’s been able to live alone in her home, but after falling and breaking her hip, that’s no longer a safe option given her growing needs. Together, you decide that she needs to move to a nursing home where she will receive 24-hour quality care and where you can visit regularly. For nearly 30 years, Bethany Health Care Center - a sponsored ministry of the

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Neal honored for nursing home advocacy

WALTHAM — Congressman Richard E. Neal has received the "A Better Life" award from the Massachusetts Senior Care Association for his tireless advocacy on behalf of nursing home residents and staff. He was honored for his commitment and leadership in protecting access to Medicaid and Medicare for vulnerable elderly residents and patients needing skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.

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Waiver sought for health plan fee

HYANNIS — A new supplemental state fee assessed to employers for workers receiving health insurance through MassHealth or the Massachusetts Health Connector is hitting small businesses and nonprofit organizations hard. But state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, hopes to get them some relief through an amendment to the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget that would offer a hardship exemption to the surcharge. The Employer Medical Assistance Contribution supplement, proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2017, went into effect Jan. 1. The

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As Trump targets immigrants, elderly and others brace to lose caregivers

By Melissa Bailey | Kaiser Health News BOSTON — The two women have been together since 2011, a 96-year-old originally from Italy and a Haitian immigrant who has helped her remain in her home — giving her showers, changing her clothes, taking her to her favorite parks and discount grocery stores. “Hello, bella,” Nirva greets Isolina Dicenso, using the Italian word for “beautiful.” “Hi, baby,” Dicenso replies. But changes to federal immigration policy are putting both at risk. Haitian caregivers

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Hillcrest Commons Promotes Concurrent Therapy To Neal

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Commons would like to expand its group and concurrent therapy programs, but a 7-year-old Medicaid and Medicare law prevent it from doing so. But, now there is legislation that could allow for those sessions to have greater coverage, which advocates say is a benefit to the patient, the health-care organization, and to the government. "There is pending legislation in Washington that would allow for greater therapy services for people access their Medicare benefit. Instead of one-on-one

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In special mural, joy and beauty come in pieces

STOUGHTON — Joy showed up in the lobby of the Copley at Stoughton nursing home on Sumner Street 12 days before Christmas. Music played. Eggnog and cookies were served. And while a mural of a scene from a Norman Rockwell illustration was unveiled, the nursing home administrator and activities director made congratulatory speeches. What had been 24 separate panels, each measuring 16 inches by 20 inches, was being revealed as a whole for the first time. Fifteen residents and almost

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Five Nursing Homes to Close -- More Than 1,000 Residents and Staff Impacted

BOSTON—Following nearly a decade of significant underfunding of Massachusetts nursing homes, five facilities filed notice with the state Department of Public Health last week of their intent to shut down. More than 1,000 residents and staff will be impacted by the announced closures. The Massachusetts Senior Care Association today stressed that these decisions underscore an industry on the brink of collapse due largely to inadequate state Medicaid funding, and that many more closures are possible. According to state cost report

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Nursing facilities, and their residents, will feel impact if Haitians’ status ends

The Trump administration’s decision to end temporary protected status, or TPS, for Haitians living in the United States will have a devastating impact on the ability of skilled nursing facilities to provide quality care to frail and disabled residents. Massachusetts nursing facilities rely heavily on first-generation Americans and immigrants to meet care needs. There are approximately 4,300 Haitians who provide care and companionship to our residents. These workers include licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants, and laundry and food service staff

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Outside the Box: Advocacy on the edge of crisis

Tara Gregorio has had a busy first year. Since coming on to the Massachusetts Senior Care Association as its president in January, she has had to grapple with leading an organization representing approximately 400 nursing facilities and assisted living residences, caring for some of the most vulnerable people in the state. Of those facilities, stagnant reimbursements mean approximately half are operating in the red. The organization said 180 are at risk of closing, taking with them more than 25,000 jobs

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Lawmakers restore Medicaid nursing home funding reduced by Gov. Baker

By Elisha Machado BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts nursing homes are getting more funding from the state this year than approved by Governor Charlie Baker in July. They say the money can help ensure their workers are paid a living wage. Nursing home facilities are the second largest health care employer in the state, providing jobs for 77,000 workers. But nursing facilities are underfunded by $37 per day, per patient, according to the Massachusetts Senior Care Association. “Since we’re so dependent

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SENATE LAWMAKERS JOIN HOUSE IN OVERRIDING GOVERNOR’S VETO-- UNANIMOUS VOTE RESTORES $7.5 MILLION IN MEDICAID FUNDING FOR NURSING HOMES

BOSTON—With a unanimous vote, the Massachusetts Senate overrode Governor Charlie Baker's veto of $7.5 million in Medicaid nursing facility funding for the FY 2018 budget. Nearly 70% of skilled nursing home residents have their care paid for by MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program. For nearly a decade state Medicaid reimbursements for nursing home care has flatlined, while the cost of caring for the state’s most vulnerable population has increased substantially. Skilled nursing facilities are underfunded by $37 per day, per

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HOUSE LAWMAKERS OVERRIDE GOVERNOR’S VETO AND VOTE TO KEEP $7.5 MILLION IN MEDICAID FUNDING FOR NURSING HOMES

BOSTON—In a critical move, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to override Governor Charlie Baker's veto of $7.5 million in Medicaid nursing facility funding. Currently, three-quarters of the state’s nursing facilities have a combined negative margin of 4.4%, an indication that the sector is experiencing an unprecedented financial crisis---a crisis brought on by the state’s lack of investment in nursing home Medicaid funding. Nearly 70% of skilled nursing home residents have their care paid for by Medicaid. Because three-quarters

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Nursing homes struggling to make money

By Peter Jasinski, pjasinski@sentinelandenterprise.com LEOMINSTER -- Bill Reidt recalls that when he got his start in long-term nursing care more than 30 years ago, there were hundreds more facilities throughout the state than there are now. "There were over 600 nursing homes in Massachusetts, and a lot of them were the smaller ones that everyone loved. But they couldn't function and they closed," said Reidt, executive director of Life Care Center of Leominster. "Right now there are buildings that have

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Lawmakers Told Many Skilled Nursing Facilities on the Verge of Bankruptcy and Possible Closure

BOSTON— Saying “there has never been more urgency,” frontline workers, resident family members, administrators and the Massachusetts Senior Care Association (MSCA) today told lawmakers, on the Joint Committee of Elder Affairs, that unless they take drastic action to reverse the lack of investment in the nursing home industry, several facilities face closure, displacing hundreds of residents. A recent analysis of 2016 state cost report data, filed with the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) shows three quarters of the

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Mass. Nursing Home Industry Facing Crisis, Industry Says

BOSTON -- Nursing home administrators and staff sounded the alarm on Monday, telling lawmakers their industry is underfunded and needs help. “There has never been more urgency in the need to stabilize the commonwealth’s nursing facilities,” Matt Salmon, the CEO of Salmon Health and Retirement and vice chairman of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association board, said at a Joint Committee on Elder Affairs hearing. “We’re facing an unprecedented financial crisis that is threatening the quality of care that we provide

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123 MA LEGISLATORS ENDORSE NEED TO STABILIZE NURSING HOME FACILITIES

BOSTON— In an overwhelming and bipartisan show of support, 123 Massachusetts Representatives and Senators have signed on as co-sponsors to a nursing home stabilization bill that would better enable nursing facilities to meet the daily care needs for their residents and employees. Every year more than 150,000 Massachusetts residents rely on skilled nursing facilities to provide quality care when they can no longer live safely in their home, and when they are undergoing rehabilitation services after a short hospital stay

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Mass Senior Care Association Urges Lawmakers to Support Ballot Initiative to Increase Personal Income Tax on Those Earning Over $1 Million

Boston -- The Massachusetts Senior Care Association (MSCA) is calling on legislators to support a constitutional amendment that would add a 4% surtax on personal incomes over $1 million. It is estimated that approval of this ballot initiative would generate nearly $2 billion in additional state revenues, which is necessary to better ensure that there is sufficient state revenue to fund critical services including transportation, education and health and social services. The Commonwealth’s nursing facilities provide a core state service

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A Crisis in Care

State Sen. Thomas M. McGee deserves praise for working to address large-scale financial problems plaguing Massachusetts’ nursing homes. McGee filed a budget amendment increasing the state Senate allocation for the nursing facility Medicaid rates account to $362.9 million from $345.1 million now budgeted by the Senate and Gov. Baker. Nursing home advocates are begging for help to close a $37 a day gap between the cost of care and the state MassHealth reimbursement rate. They say Massachusetts nursing homes are

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Nursing homes hitting crisis point

Nursing homes hitting crisis point By Katie Lannan State House News Service BOSTON -- One out of every seven direct care staff positions in Massachusetts nursing homes is vacant, the number of deficiency-free homes has dropped since 2013, and half of the facilities have less than four days of cash on hand, according to advocates seeking more state support for nursing homes. "We are seeing an erosion of financial support for nursing facility care that is beginning to impact staffing

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Industry: Nursing homes at "crisis point" due to state underpayments

By Katie Lannan
 STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 22, 2017....One out of every seven direct care staff positions in Massachusetts nursing homes is vacant, the number of deficiency-free homes has dropped since 2013, and half of the facilities have less than four days of cash on hand, according to advocates seeking more state support for nursing homes. "We are seeing an erosion of financial support for nursing facility care that is beginning to impact staffing as well as quality resident care,"

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Doctors want Trump to allow Haitians to stay in US

By Maria Cramer Hundreds of doctors signed a letter Tuesday calling on the Department of Homeland Security to allow about 58,000 Haitians affected by the country’s 2010 earthquake to stay in the United States for at least another year. The letter, signed by 552 doctors from across the country, asked Secretary John F. Kelly to extend their participation in a program known as temporary protected status for another 18 months. Under the program, immigrants living in the United States can

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