Should we all agree long-term care is not a good field to be in? Well, not so fast. Let’s first examine two relevant realities.
When a government watchdog decides it wants to investigate you, it’s usually not going to be content with a “No fire here, folks!” conclusion. Nobody knows that better than nursing home operators. And so we unfold the latest Office of Inspector General investigation into skilled nursing staff levels, which came out Monday. In brief, nearly…
Crises have tendencies to expose fault lines. This pandemic has been no different. Take long-term services and supports. The cracks were there, but it took a massive emergency, i.e., COVID-19, to lay them bare, suggests a recent blog post in HealthAffairs written by the The SCAN Foundation’s Bruce Allen Chernoff and Cindy Mann. What are…
As lawmakers consider the next COVID-19 relief package, a critical hurdle stands in the way: liability protection. At issue is how and whether providers (as well as other businesses, schools and nonprofits) should be insulated against pandemic-related lawsuits. Republicans want a substantial liability shield put in place. Democrats say that’s ridiculous. The possible implications remind…
The data revolution, which has picked up speed in long-term care recently, may be poised to improve therapies and treatments for some common afflictions among the elderly.
This pandemic has shifted our perspective like few things have done before. Now, here we are, at the end of July, hitting milestones such as 4 million U.S. cases and other depressing records. And as we sit in this otherworldly COVID-19 time warp with no vaccine in sight, we also are now looking ahead to…
My favorite teacher of all time is still going at it, as she has been for more than five decades. She’s Leah Klusch.
Even during the best of times, long-term care professionals may feel like they’re under siege. After a while, it can be easy to believe the over-generalizers who claim that “all” the news is bad. The beanstalk of bad vibes can rocket skyward when you sprinkle in pandemic conditions. But it’s not all bad news out…
The tough news is the COVID-19 pandemic has tested long-term care facilities like never before. The great news is providers have responded like never before.
It’s no secret that most operators have been struggling lately. The coronavirus has hammered this field in almost every way possible. Thousands of residents and staff have perished, with the prospect of more to come. The task of finding adequate protective equipment has ranged from being extremely difficult to being virtually impossible. Costs for almost…
If nothing else, the COVID-19 has made us deeply ponder: Just how important is human interaction to our health?
The pandemic is forcing come providers to alter the way they do business. Some ways are better than others we’re finding out.
Despite the many uncertainties that come with politics, providers can take comfort regarding their next quest for coronavirus relief.
Several months after the first outbreak in a nursing home near Seattle, we have finally gotten our arms around some indisputable facts regarding this virus,
Things not only could get worse for long-term care providers, there’s a good chance they will. Especially if Joe Biden is elected president in November.
Sometimes when the news is on an extended somber run, you just have to turn your attention to another subject entirely to maintain a sense of perspective and normalcy.
Unfortunately, much of what we’ve been fed about COVID-19 turns out to be ill-informed, self-serving, or just plain wrong.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many uncomfortable truths about serving seniors.
I recently returned from a week’s vacation to Northern Michigan, one of my favorite places. One issue in particular, however, troubled this trip.
Perhaps as never before, party affiliation is coloring policy matters. The debate on any issue these days seems to focus less about the merits of a response than which side holds it.