The end-of-year rush finds providers wrestling with the annual challenge of covering challenging staffing and visitor variations that come as multiple holidays put more people on the move. It all combines for a busy 10 days leading into a fresh new year.

Some especially timely commentary that can help on the job includes the latest blogs from Senior Editor Elizabeth Newman and Eleanor Feldman Barbera, Ph.D., the author of “The World According to Dr. El.” Enjoy!

McKnight’s Weekly Roundup will take next week off but return Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, to resume bringing you the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!