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Topic : Failing US nursing homes to face tougher federal penalties
2022호 12면
 
TITLE : Failing US nursing homes to face tougher federal penalties

Failing US nursing homes to face tougher federal penalties



Tougher Federal Penalties to Come for Failing Nursing Homes | Health |  polkio.com

 

 

 

 (AP) — The worst-of-the-worst nursing homes will face tougher penalties if conditions don’t improve at their facilities, the Biden administration announced Friday.

 

The intensified scrutiny on some nursing homes, where more than a million people are housed, comes nearly two years after COVID-19 exposed subpar care and extreme staffing shortages that had long festered in the facilities. Nursing home residents have been significantly more likely to die from COVID-19; as of February, more than 200,000 nursing home staffers or residents had died from the virus.

 

President Joe Biden had promised during his State of the Union address in February to overhaul the nation’s nursing home system but some of those initiatives have yet to be implemented fully.

The new guidelines announced Friday will apply to less than 0.5% of the nation’s nursing homes. The facilities are already designated as a “special focus facility” because of a previous violation and are on a watchlist of sorts that requires the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare to monitor them more regularly.

 

Starting Friday, those nursing homes will lose federal funding if they receive more than one dangerous violation — rule-breaking that put residents at risk for harm. They will also be monitored for a minimum of three years. CMS will also consider staffing levels at the nursing homes when adding facilities to its watchlist. Currently, 88 nursing homes are on the list.

 

“Let us be clear: We are cracking down on enforcement of our nation’s poorest-performing nursing homes,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

 

The agency is studying staffing ratios at nursing homes, with the aim of implementing requirements. The study is expected to be completed next year.

 

The administration also announced $80 million worth of grants that will be given to healthcare organizations, trade groups, or labor unions to train and hire nursing staff. Organizations have until Jan. 6 to apply for the money.

 

 

Source: https://apnews.com/article/health-government-and-politics-covid-nursing-homes-484683d199c2803b9e79b8446edf4112

 

Comprehension

What will worst-of-the-worst nursing homes face if conditions don’t improve at their facilities?
How many people are housed in nursing homes?
What has festered the nursing home facilities?
How many nursing home staffers or residents had died from the virus?
What will nursing homes lose if they receive more than one dangerous violation?
How many grants will be given to health organizations by the administration?

Discussion

What images are in your mind when you hear the word "nursing homes"?
What is your opinion of nursing homes in your country?
Why do you think some nursing homes are short on staff?
What do you think of sending our loved ones to nursing homes
Does the government in your country care for people in their old age?
Would you consider living in a retirement home when you're older?
What are the pros and cons of being in a nursing home?
What can the government or the facilities do to encourage people to work in nursing homes?

Vocabulary

subpar - below an average, usual, or normal level, quality, or the like
festered - to grow and spread, not in a good way
enforcement - the act of compelling observance of or compliance with a law, rule, or obligation.
watchlist - a list of individuals, groups, or items that require close surveillance, typically for legal or political reasons
overhaul - take apart (a piece of machinery or equipment) in order to examine it and repair it if necessary.