Lawmakers Call For Investigation Of States’ Nursing Home Policies During Pandemic

An ambulance pulls up outside an assisted living home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Two members of Congress have actually called for an investigation of five states, including New York, which bought nursing homes to admit patients who evaluated favorable for COVID-19.

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An ambulance brings up outside an assisted living home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Two members of Congress have actually called for an examination of 5 states, including New York, which purchased assisted living home to admit clients who tested positive for COVID-19.

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There are various news reports cited in the letter on the high varieties of deaths in retirement home in the five states. In Pennsylvania, for instance, 69% of the deaths from COVID-19 have actually apparently been in assisted living home or individual care houses.

Updated June 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET

The 5 targeted states are New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and Michigan. Their orders for retirement home to accept COVID-19-positive clients from medical facilities were controversial from the beginning, and were immediately condemned by the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, which represents medical professionals working in long-lasting care.

Two members of Congress are calling for an investigation of 5 states that ordered retirement home to accept COVID-19-positive patients who were discharged from medical facilities. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, both Republicans, are asking Christi Grimm, Principal Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify if the states broke federal health care standards and guidelines.

The policies were developed to keep hospitals from being overrun with COVID-19 patients. The legislators letter keeps in mind that “although the U.S. Navy sent an entire health center ship staffed with a team of 1,200 to deal with COVID-19 clients, the 1,000 bed health center ship departed New York on April 30th, apparently having dealt with fewer than 200 throughout its month-long stay.”

Keeping in mind that a 2nd wave of coronavirus infections might be being available in the fall, Grassley and Walden ask the Inspector General to complete the study by Sept. 30.

The letter notes that nursing homes had a hard time to manage infections long prior to the coronavirus. A Government Accountability Office research study discovered that “infection prevention and control deficiencies were the most typical kind of deficiency mentioned in surveyed nursing houses, with most retirement home having an infection prevention and control shortage mentioned in several years from 2013 through 2017.”