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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

McConnell COVID-19 stimulus proposal offers mere fraction of funding requested by providers

Long-term care providers are eagerly awaiting details of a fourth economic stimulus package. But they may want to brace themselves for some disappointment. As of Thursday, a draft of a proposal by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was circulating and it didn’t encourage optimism. The draft outlines appropriations for various funding areas. Among the…

McKnight’s Tech Awards submission deadline extended to Friday, July 31

Good news to those folks who still want to show off their tech prowess! McKnight’s has pushed the deadline for nominations for its Excellence in Technology Awards to a week later, Friday, July 31. The program offers an opportunity for long-term care and senior care providers to demonstrate how they have used technology to improve…

Also in the News for Friday, July 24

Federal government now requires providers to account for how they spent COVID-19 relief funds … New York Legislature expected to pass bill limiting nursing home immunity … Pennsylvania health department finds veterans’ facility failed to protect residents from COVID-19 … WSJ examines new nursing home testing mandate

Testing, more PPE lead to 90% drop in nursing home COVID-19 cases

Pandemic containment strategies including testing and personal protective equipment have had an effect in Minnesota, significantly reducing deaths from the virus in long-term care facilities, a local news outlet reported.  The state lost 137 long-term care residents to COVID-19 deaths in the third week of May, compared with 13 last week — a 90% decline, according…

Point-of-care tests offer more flexibility for facilities, but implementation may pose problems, experts warn

The new coronavirus point-of-care testing program unveiled by the government, while not perfect, offers an opportunity for long-term care facilities to swiftly identify those residents, staff or family members who are positive for COVID-19, two people familiar with long-term care laboratory services said. “It gives more flexibility to the facility,” Cynthia Morton, executive vice president…

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