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Coronavirus / COVID-19

Clinical Briefs for Wednesday, June 3

Study shows toxic tau protein spreads in brain of older Alzheimer’s patients … Uneven handgrip strength plus weakness may predict rapid cognitive decline … Eli Lilly begins first human tests of a COVID-19 antibody drug … CDC updates infection control guidance for assisted living

A triclosan soap could compromise infection control, researchers say.

Providers face fines up to $20K for infection control deficiencies, CMS says

Providers struggling to comply with infection control requirements could be looking at fines of up to $20,000 under increased enforcement efforts announced Monday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  “We’re ratcheting up penalties with non-compliance to infection control,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said on a call…

SNF occupancy decreases to lowest levels since 2012: NIC

Skilled nursing occupancy levels dropped 132 basis points to 83.4% during the month of March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic — the lowest since 2012, according to new data released by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). The decrease was the result of more resident transfers from facilities to…

NJ officials seek investigation into governor’s handling of long-term care facilities during pandemic

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) may be subject to a federal investigation if the state’s top Republican gets his way.  GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt called on the Justice Department to investigate the governor’s response to long-term care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing Murphy of mismanaging federal funds for providers, the New Jersey…

McKnight’s Online Forum this Thursday to explore business, operational challenges during COVID-19

Business and operational difficulties continue to vex long-term care providers during the pandemic. To help facilities weather these challenges, McKnight’s will hold an Online Forum on these topics this Thursday.  The event will feature two continuing education-approved webinars. The first webinar, to take place at 10:30 a.m. ET, will cover leadership. Steve Fogg, CFO, Marquis…

Clinical Briefs for Tuesday, June 2

First federal count: more than 25,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes … AstraZeneca’s heart drug for high-risk patients receives FDA approval … Senior living operator balances safety, quality of life in the COVID-19 era … U.S. hospitals slash hydroxychloroquine use after studies reveal risks, suggest ineffectiveness … CDC: U.S. COVID-19 transmission likely began in January

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