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Side effects of medicine and hope

I got the first step. The first step of the vaccine gave me a headache, a sore arm and the euphoric  feeling of hope for release from the restrictions, illness and death that have literally plagued us for  nearly a year.  I’m pleased that I had side effects. This means that even at my (advanced)…

Salvation by social media

I always thought it was only good for destroying the world, but now I’m here to boldly predict that social media will ultimately save us.  After the horrors we’ve been through these past few years with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, you probably didn’t see that hypothesis coming. But here’s how it’s going to happen: by…

What 2021 has in store on the legal front

Everyone has been celebrating that 2020 is over, and who can blame them? Yet, I can’t help think the legal issues facing long term care in 2020 won’t necessarily go away in 2021. Some of the lingering issues are problems, and some are just changing the way facilities operate, sometimes for the better. Here is…

What’s really through the looking glass?

A recent Washington Post op-ed by Manoj Jain, M.D. an infectious disease consultant, shed light on a healthcare sector where roughly 1.7 million people acquire infections each year, killing roughly 100,000. Perhaps two-fifths of those infections could be prevented just by proper hand-washing. That sector is not nursing homes: It is hospitals. This annual death…

2021: The Rest of the Story

Paul Harvey on the radio in the mornings was not something I appreciated as a child. We lived on a farm outside of town. My mom, a reporter, always had to be at work early, and the long, crack-of-dawn car rides to school often included tales from “The Rest of the Story.” Living on the…

It’s time for full transparency

I threw down the gauntlet for the nursing home industry to focus on clinical care two years ago.   I warned that in the spring of 2020, providers would “start to hurt because the cost of caring will hit the P&L.” I then wrote an article on the critical importance of the leadership team, saying, “In…

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