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When the fog lifts

I fancy myself a brave and intrepid hiker, and a couple weeks ago chose a particularly daunting trail that was rumored to lead to some of the best possible views of Mount Hood, the 11,249-foot peak that towers over Portland, OR. The trailhead was enveloped in fog when I arrived, but with a 3,000-foot elevation…

Four choices

Testing our leadership skills, especially our communication skills, is certainly difficult these days. Effective communication is always a challenge, but when our emotions are running high and exhaustion is setting in, staying aware of who we are and how we influence others remains extremely important.  In Living Leadership today, I plan to break down four…

Reducing the impact of cascading collective trauma in LTC

I spent most of last weekend doing what I could to avoid the 9/11-related headlines in the news. With my Manhattan-below-14th-Street recollections of the event, last year’s immersion in the pandemic epicenter and the continuing pandemic, I didn’t have the bandwidth for it.  What I did find the energy for was a Speaking of Psychology…

Approaching the finish line

I went to a wedding this month.   Let me rephrase that: I went to a wedding that was a three-day, in-person, 125-attendees, sitting-at-tables-for-eight, extravaganza with family I haven’t seen in nearly two years. And I didn’t  worry. Why? Because the invitation said, “We kindly request that all guests in attendance be fully  vaccinated against COVID. If…

When celebrity obscures suffering

There is a poignant scene in the first episode of Spike Lee’s “NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½” on HBO in which New York Assembly Member Ron Kim breaks down recounting the efforts of former Governor Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, to bully him into silence over nursing home deaths from COVID-19.   The scale of those deaths was…

The data is in! More trends from CMS ResDAC

All data lovers you are in luck!  Another quarter of data is in, courtesy of the CMS Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC).  We have all watched trends since the initiation of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM); been curious as to the impact of COVID-19; and will continue to ponder what may occur in FY…

The delta variant and long-term care: Key liability and risk considerations

Over the course of 2020, it became apparent that long-term care facilities needed to be thoroughly prepared for unexpected health or safety issues. Facilities around the nation learned that it is vital to develop, implement and frequently update their policies and procedures to navigate future emergencies. Looking ahead, attention to these updates will prove vital…

Stefanie Doyle

Nursing home vaccine requirements are coming. What happens next?

The new federal vaccine mandate for nursing home staff, expected to be issued later this month, will apply to nearly 15,000 nursing home facilities, which employ approximately 1.6 million workers and serve approximately 1.3 million residents.  The new policy is designed to address vaccine hesitancy among nursing home staff and decrease the number of outbreaks…

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