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September 21, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s response to a highly anticipated report by the Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes has been disappointing for one long-term care provider advocacy group . The 186-page...
September 8, 2020
Dr. Karl Steinberg has been a hospice and nursing home medical director in San Diego County for 25 years. He is president-elect of AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine — and vice president of National POLST. Dr. Steinberg is...
August 26, 2020
WASHINGTON -- An interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that requires all Medicare-certified nursing homes test their staff for COVID-19 is drawing mixed reviews from the homes. "The pandemic has already cost...
August 25, 2020
The potentially deadly confluence of a raging Covid-19 pandemic and the upcoming flu season is prompting growing calls for states to require influenza vaccinations for all nursing home health-care personnel. The nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes...
August 9, 2020
The Trump administration is gambling that a new generation of fast, cheap coronavirus tests can bring the U.S. outbreak under control. The challenge now is getting enough of these tests to pursue that strategy. The rapid antigen tests, which hunt...
August 1, 2020
​A recent report in JAMDA offers new expert consensus recommendations for managing COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) with a focus on addressing screening of residents and staff, management of COVID-19 positive and presumed positive cases...
July 27, 2020
The new rapid Covid-19 antigen tests being sent to thousands of U.S. nursing homes in high-infection areas have a troubling flaw: They provide false negative results for about 15% of infected people. As nursing home infections climb once again due...
July 21, 2020
For all of its tragic outcomes, COVID-19 “presents an opportunity to do things differently and looking more systematically at large-scale solutions to care for older adults,” Christopher Laxton, executive director of AMDA – The Society for Post-...
July 20, 2020
To improve the coronavirus problem in nursing homes, federal policy must be proactive, not reactive, and supportive, not punitive. So say managing physicians in nursing facilities. In “Solving the COVID-19 Crisis in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care,” a...
July 17, 2020
The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine - AMDA - and National POLST said AMDA has become the first national organization to formally support the adoption of a national POLST (Physican Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form. POLST...