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Vaccine mandates are legal, but not without their own risks

With the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program now complete, responsibility for COVID-19 vaccinations of new residents and staff has shifted to the long-term care facilities themselves.  This leaves operators with the dilemma of whether to mandate employee vaccinations.   First, all long-term care providers are presented with the question of whether to mandate covid-19…

Retaliation, recovery and ‘quasi’ justice featured in nursing home operator’s book

Many long-time McKnight’s readers will remember Beechwood Restorative Care Center and its $25 million victory against the state of New York. The settlement ended a 13-year war and one of the most egregious abuses of administrative power that could be imagined.  The retaliation was perpetrated by high level state Department of Health officials who were…

Is the doctor in? Improve nursing homes with one easy stroke

Many nursing home COVID-19 patients would have benefitted from daily, reimbursed-for physician visits in their skilled nursing facilities, but they were not entitled to them.  With an epic crisis still at hand, the quickest way to improve performance and public perception of nursing homes is to introduce daily covered visits. Astonishingly, Medicare and Medicaid suggest…

The CNAs are coming: Are you ready?

It is doubtful that the framers of the constitution, when they drafted the First Amendment, had any idea that ensuring the “right of people to peaceably assemble” would include a virtual Zoom meeting where the assembly appears on hundreds of computer or phone screens. It is also equally doubtful the framers could have imagined that…

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