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March 2, 2020
A skilled nursing facility in the state of Washington became the first U.S. site of a coronavirus outbreak, officials announced Saturday. By Sunday, there were reports of one dead resident and four others hospitalized due to the virus, which has...
March 2, 2020
As the world faces the coronavirus threat, public health officials and experts are working to help stop its spread and protect the public. While experts are learning more about how the disease can affect the public, there is one certainty: The older...
March 2, 2020
The first reported possible outbreak of COVID-19 (a coronavirus) in a long-term care facility, and the first reported case of COVID-19 in a healthcare worker — a caregiver in that facility, were announced by the Centers for Disease Control and...
March 1, 2020
An outbreak of coronavirus disease in a nursing home near Seattle is prompting urgent calls for precautionary tactics at America’s elder care facilities, where residents are at heightened risk of serious complications from the illness because of the...
February 28, 2020
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak and today released guidance for PALTC facilities. It includes the following recommendations: Given the rare...
February 18, 2020
Antipsychotic deprescribing with an innovative strategy has proven successful, according to an article in the February issue of JAMDA. The Optimizing Practices, Use, Care and Services—Antipsychotics (OPUS-AP) strategy aimed to improve the well-being...
February 12, 2020
Since the landmark passage of a sweeping oversight bill in the late 1980s, hundreds of nursing homes have closed — while those that remained have increasingly taken on more difficult medical cases, according to new research from Brown University...
February 11, 2020
The population of residents served by nursing homes has undergone dramatic changes in the past 30 years – including a 15% increase in post-hospital admissions. That’s a takeaway from a recent study that highlights trends since the 1987 passage of...
February 11, 2020
Rajeev Kumar, MD Like most people, there are days when it is tempting to kick back and reminisce about all the fun during long lost childhood days. Fond memories of long, and fun-filled, driving vacations—each and every summer—are still gleefully...
February 11, 2020
Today’s nursing homes (NHs) look much different than they did when the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA’87) was passed, according to a study in the February issue of JAMDA. There is greater diversity and higher acuity now, and care...