Texas Nursing Homes In Dire Need Of Nurses.
The Texas Tribune (11/15, Lozano) reports, “Texas does not have enough nurses for its senior care facilities.” This “shortage is fueled by a number of factors,” which include “a growing apathy burning through the nursing industry,” the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fact that “baby boomers are both retiring from the nursing profession and needing care themselves.” Elderly Texans “are waiting longer to find beds and paying more when they do.” If they cannot find a bed, “they are deserted, forced to navigate their last years without the sort of support an aging facility can provide.”
Judge Approves Settlement In Veterans Home COVID-19 Outbreak Lawsuit.
The AP (11/15, Mulvihill) reports parties have reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving an outbreak of COVID-19 at a veterans home in Massachusetts. A judge for the US District Court in Springfield approved the settlement which pays out almost $58 million to families of 164 veterans who died or became seriously ill due to COVID-19 infections in the spring of 2020. Among the defendants in the case were the Soldiers’ Home in Holyokein and state health officials.
Biden Administration Pushes For Federal Minimum Staff Requirement For Nursing Homes After Deaths, Neglect During COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Washington Post (11/15, Rowland) reports on the experience of Lisa Cabrera with nursing home neglect for “her dad, Louie Sira.” In 2019, “a county jury awarded $13.5 million in civil damages to Sira’s family and other plaintiffs after lawyers argued Parkview Healthcare Center...and its affiliated management company, Mariner Health Central, skimped on nursing staff to boost profits.” Both “state and county authorities are seeking civil penalties.” Parkview and Mariner have “denied all allegations.” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra “said in an interview that the extraordinary toll of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes served as a catalyst for the Biden administration to take action” and begin legislation to require minimum nursing staff. A 2021 report from CMS “found that nursing homes should deliver at least 4.1 hours of nursing care to each resident every day to avoid harm.”