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Commentary
By James “JJ” Maskowitz, partner at Hall Booth Smith, PC  If there’s one thing we learned in 2020, it’s that completely unexpected health and/or safety issues can and will arise at any time. The swiftness of the global spread of the novel coronavirus caught many public health professionals and…
Commentary
By Neva L. Crogan, PhD, ARNP, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN, fellow, Western Institute of Nursing, and professor, Department of Nursing, Gonzaga University Nursing assistant staffing in nursing homes is a challenge.  Speaking as a long-term care nurse and now provider, it has always been difficult.  In…
Commentary
The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially altered the practice of long-term care delivery, including the methods used to assess the quality-of-care.  CMS has focused the survey process specifically on the infection control practices of facilities, and it has caused some to question if the manner in…
Commentary
The effects of COVID-19 continue to reverberate throughout the health care industry, particularly in long-term care facilities in which 5% of the US population reside, but 39% of the COVID-19 deaths have occurred. Many nursing homes have long mandated that nursing staff be vaccinated for the…
Clinical Experience
The skilled nursing facility (SNF) setting is particularly vulnerable to the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because of the congregate living environment, the generally frail population, residents’ need for assistance with many activities of daily living, and the…
Practical Research
Of the 1.25 million people residing in US nursing facilities, the majority are older adults, a population disproportionately affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).1-4 As of the week of January 10, 2021, nursing facilities reported a total 549,852 confirmed resident cases of COVID-19 and…
Video
Maria C Ospina, MD, movement disorder neurologist, discusses how physicians can ensure they receive all of the information needed to unlock patterns of Parkinson disease among their patients, and breaks down treatment options for off episodes for this patient population.   
LTC GPS
Unnecessary emergency department (ED) use by older adults is of concern from both a clinical and financial perspective. For skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to recover financially post-pandemic, they will need to keep their facilities full, which will in no small part be dependent on their ability…
Diving Into Dementia
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the health risks associated with a lack of social interaction were becoming more recognized in medicine and in the general population. With the initiation of stay-at-home and social distancing measures, the negative impacts of social isolation were overlooked and…
AGS Viewpoint
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting will be your top (virtual) destination for the latest in geriatrics research, education, and clinical care, providing the newest evidence-based scientific information to improve your ability to care for older adults. The 2021…
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