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December 9, 2020
A new toolkit created by industry clinicians aims to help long-term care operators directly address the questions staff members, residents and their families are asking about COVID-19 vaccines and getting vaccinated. The kit includes a PowerPoint...
December 3, 2020
Long-term care advocates are seeking relief from Congress after a new round of pay cuts to Medicare therapy reimbursement threatens to hamstring providers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services disclosed this week that it has finalized...
November 12, 2020
The federal government’s decision to allow Medicare coverage of monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 treatments could be extremely helpful for nursing homes care for symptomatic, positive residents, according to a top expert. The Centers for...
November 9, 2020
Long-term care clinicians have asked the federal government to delay allocating monoclonal antibody therapy to nursing homes until further study — and to collaborate with facility medical directors when they do. Antibodies help the body mount an...
September 29, 2020
Post-acute and long-term care providers have an additional tool on how to adjust their operations and standards of care during the COVID-19 pandemic or future emergencies. The COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Group on Monday released a new federal...
September 28, 2020
WASHINGTON — This summer, as COVID-19 devastated nursing homes, David Nace, chief medical officer for UPMC Senior Communities, was one of two dozen geriatric care experts tapped by the Trump administration to draw up recommendations on improving...
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...