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Annals of Long-Term Care
In the March 21, 2021 issue of The New York Times, several readers responded to issues raised about the impact of COVID-19 vaccinations in a local assisted living facility.  One such reader wrote, “Both my mother and I have been fully vaccinated. All staff members at the facility were offered the…
Annals of Long-Term Care
The Biden Administration’s proposal to phase in a $15 Federal Minimum Wage in the COVID-19 Relief Fund may cause angst among long-term care administrators. The minimum wage has not increased since 2009 when it was increased to $7.25. It has been at this level for nearly 11 years despite the…
Annals of Long-Term Care
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…
Annals of Long-Term Care
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…
Annals of Long-Term Care
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…
Annals of Long-Term Care
By Julie Gould  A study published online in JAMA Network Open, shows that family and friends of people who died while enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) reported lower quality of care in the last month of life compared with family and friends of those who died while enrolled in traditional…
Annals of Long-Term Care
By Renee Campbell, MD, MBA, MPH, Global Value and Access Epilepsy and Sleep lead, Genevieve De Sousa Meier, Executive Director, Head of Global Value and Access, and Amir Abbas Tahami Monfared, executive director, Franchise Head of Global Value, Access, Pricing and HEOR, all from Eisai  Insomnia is…
Annals of Long-Term Care
At a recent geriatric conference, the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society invited 12 speakers from diverse backgrounds to share their stories about how COVID-19 has changed their practices in a session entitled, “Lessons Learned from COVID-19.”  One of the participants, Jen, was not a health…
Annals of Long-Term Care
By Jenna Merchant, Owner, Liberty Drug Long-term care (LTC) pharmacies have not only been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they're also finding ways to thrive. Liberty Drug in Murray, Utah, is just one example. Owner Jenna Merchant shares how the store opened amid the pandemic and…
Annals of Long-Term Care
By Feride Frech, PhD, MPH, Senior Director, US HEOR & RWE, Eisai Inc, and Timothy Juday, Director, US HEOR & RWE, Eisai Inc.  Insomnia, the most common sleep-wake disorder, is prevalent in the general population and is associated with significant human and economic cost.  The prevalence…
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