More dirty dealings in New York by Cuomo. Don’t count on the media covering this little factoid. Truth be told, this is the beginning of the end of nursing homes in America.
We wonder why so many of these facilities are so poorly staffed and the care provided minimal at best? Simply the reimbursement rate for these patients doesn’t cover the cost of care. After the fee for service cleans out the patients bank account the nursing homes are stuck with what the state will give them via medicaid. Needless to say in most states it hasn’t increased as the cost of service continues to rise.
Enter one Andrew Cuomo as the scrutiny begins:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed legislation granting hospital and nursing home executives immunity from lawsuits related to the novel coronavirus last month, previously received a big-money boost from a powerful health care industry group, according to a new report.
The Guardian reports that the New York State Democratic Committee, then backing Cuomo’s primary run in 2018, received more than $1 million from the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) — a lobbying group for hospital systems, some of which own nursing homes.
The donation made the group one of the state party’s largest contributors in that cycle. Three of the hospital association’s top officials separately gave more than $150,000 to Cuomo’s campaign between 2015 and 2018, the outlet reported.
That donation is now drawing scrutiny after Cuomo signed legislation last month that protects executives from lawsuits — just as he is under continued criticism for his March 25 order (since deleted) requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients.
On May 10, and amid increasing criticism, Cuomo issued a new directive stating that hospitals cannot send patients back to nursing homes in the state unless they tested negative for the virus.
So the push for legislation to change the liability for the homes begin. Once changed say goodbye to care for the elderly. Nursing homes will take the fall.
This is rich.
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Look for new attacks on nursing homes. It is the way the swamp works.
Bonus: Even more disturbing and a story that has received zero coverage: