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By Michael Gordon, MD, MSc, FRCPC Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) sounds brutal, right? It’s an electro current through the brain, usually associated with at least one, if not more, major seizures. With the introduction of potent antidepressants, it was hoped and expected that ECT would see its…
Commentary
By Brittany H Cone, Esq and Jordan S Johnson, Esq, attorneys at Hall Booth Smith, PC In many ways, Medicaid reimbursement is the buoy that keeps skilled nursing facilities afloat. Unfortunately for facilities, however, actually obtaining Medicaid reimbursement for the care and services provided is…
Commentary
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…
ECRI Strategies
ECRI and Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging (ALTC) have joined in collaboration to bring ALTC readers periodic articles on topics in risk management, quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI), and safety for persons served throughout the aging services continuum. ECRI is…
Diving Into Dementia
As the world continues to combat COVID-19, trends established in the beginning of the outbreak are becoming more prevalent, such as the disproportionate infection rates among the most vulnerable patient populations. Older adults, particularly those with Alzheimer disease and other dementias, are…
AGS Viewpoint
With the passage of the American Rescue Act and the acceleration of the US vaccination campaign, the Biden administration and the 117th US Congress have achieved some of their major goals in just the first few months of 2021. The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is pleased to see some of our short…
In This Issue
The older adult population already faces numerous health-related challenges due to aging alone. Trends exposed early by the COVID-19 pandemic have only become more established revealing the unique vulnerability of an aging population. We now know older adults are statistically at high-risk of…
Commentary
In a recent study,1 Elizabeth M White, PhD and her colleagues conducted surveys of staff using opened-ended questions. The results of this study appeared in JAMDA and identified seven basic themes: The virus imposed constraints on PPE and COVID-19 testing. There were burdensome regulations and…
Commentary
This question was asked in the most recent issue of Scientific American1 which calculated the rates of death per 100,000 full-time employees (FTEs) in a variety of professions including ranchers, steel workers, truck drivers, roofers, pilots, loggers, fisherman, and nursing home workers.   The…
Commentary
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…
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