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Avera Has Expanded Nursing Home Testing

21 hours ago

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The federal government has called for testing of long-term care and skilled nursing home residents and staff. Long-term care facilities have faced difficult challenges mitigating the virus. Data now suggest at least 20 percent of the U.S. COVID-19 death toll is from nursing home related infections. Joseph Rees, DO, is a geriatrician and Avera eCARE® Senior Care Medical Officer. He joins us today to talk about what testing means for Avera facilities and how the process is set to unfold. 

Randy Bury & The Good Samaritan Society

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Senator Wayne Steinhauer is working to clarify regulations on assisted living and nursing homes with Senate Bill 139. He wants to encourage consolidating long-term care options and make it easier to replace a closed or out-of-date facility.

The bill allows construction of a new facility if it consolidates or merges with another long-term service provider.

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The legislative session marches on, but no clear solutions yet for the state’s nursing home crisis. Low Medicaid reimbursement rates are putting a strain on South Dakota’s longterm care facilities, but the legislature has killed the only bills brought forth to increase funding. Jackie Hendry joins us now with more.

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Selby Saves Nursing Home, Looks to Hire Local

Dec 5, 2018
Walworth County Care Center Facebook Page

When the operators of Selby’s nursing home announced plans to pull out of the facility nearly three months ago, the town’s residents took action. Selby is a town of less than 700 people in north central South Dakota. The community set out to raise half a million dollars to take over operations of their nursing home by December 1st. 

Selby Community Forms Non-Profit to Save Nursing Home

Oct 11, 2018
Walworth County Care Center Facebook Page

The nursing home in Selby has served the small community for more than 50 years. When its operators announced plans to pull out of the facility, concerned community members sprang into action to keep the home running. 

The Good Samaritan Society announced plans to end its operation of the facility in Selby in late September, but it gave the community some options. The home could close, the community could temporarily fund the society for one year, or the community could form its own organization to run the home.

The merger between Sanford Health and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is now set to start two months before initially scheduled. But joining two of the area’s largest employers signals a change in the healthcare industry both at home and around the country. 

Sanford Health Chief Administrative Officer Randy Bury says healthcare is an evolving industry. He says it used to be that clinics were separate from hospitals, and long-term facilities like nursing homes were separate from acute-care providers.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some patients with medical needs who don’t require the rigorous attention of hospitals have another option for discharge. Avera in Sioux Falls is now operating a transitional unit to serve people who can leave the hospital but can’t go straight to a nursing home, rehab, or back home.

The State of South Dakota doesn’t allow health providers to add beds for more people in nursing homes, but leaders are making an exception for transitional care.