“LTC providers getting creative to boost seniors’ morale during pandemic”

“LTC providers getting creative to boost seniors’ morale during pandemic,” by Danielle Brown, McKnight’s LTC News   Quote: “From FaceTime book clubs to hobby boxes, long-term care providers are finding fun and interesting ways to boost resident morale during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the AARP. As visitor access, communal dining and large group activities in long-term care facilities have been forced to shut down to stop the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, providers have come up with creative ways to keep seniors engaged and prevent isolation. Numerous state and national provider organizations have created online repositories for helpful
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“FAQs on Medicare Coverage and Costs Related to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment”

“FAQs on Medicare Coverage and Costs Related to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment,” by Juliette Cubanski and Meredith Freed, Kaiser Family Foundation Quote: “More than 60 million people ages 65 and older and younger adults with long-term disabilities are covered by Medicare. Due to their older age and higher likelihood of having serious medical conditions than younger adults, virtually all Medicare beneficiaries are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if they are infected with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease, which currently has no vaccine or cure. Diagnosis of COVID-19 is confirmed through testing, and treatment varies
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“Opportunities To Expand Telehealth Use Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic”

“Opportunities To Expand Telehealth Use Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic,” by Jared Augenstein, Health Affairs   Quote: “Following enactment of coronavirus emergency supplemental legislation that expands Medicare coverage of telehealth, we can expect increased reliance on telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries. As more and more patients with symptoms seek treatment, the virus could spread rapidly in health care settings. Telehealth offers unique capacity for remote screening, triage, and treatment, and it could be a powerful tool for reducing transmission of the disease to and among health care workers and patients who are not infected.”     LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President,
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“McKnight’s 40 for 40: Bill Thomas”

“McKnight’s 40 for 40: Bill Thomas,” by John O’Connor, McKnight’s LTC News     Quote: “Editor’s note: As part of the 40th anniversary of McKnight’s, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living are recognizing 40 notable newsmakers. Each week, the brands will highlight a high-profile leader from the past four decades. Published installments of the series can be found here. “Dr. Bill Thomas defies easy description. His multifaceted career has included stints as a physician, professor, playwright, performer, businessman – and more. But to most in this sector, he’s simply a guy redefining the meaning and shape of eldercare in America.”<   LTC Comment
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“2020 Alzheimer’s Webinar Series”

“2020 Alzheimer’s Webinar Series,” Administration on Community Living     Quote: “The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline is hosting a 3-part webinar series in partnership with ACL, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the Eldercare Locator, AARP, SAGE, and National Asian Pacific Center on Aging. The goal of these webinars is to ensure professionals understand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and brain health on American families, and how critical it is to connect them to information, community resources, and support. REGISTER HERE.”     LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Yeah, and
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“CMS waives three-day stay requirement, MDS deadlines as dining struggles emerge amid COVID-19 response”

“CMS waives three-day stay requirement, MDS deadlines as dining struggles emerge amid COVID-19 response,” by Danielle Brown, McKnight’s LTC News     Quote: “The federal government is waiving its three-day stay requirement for Medicare skilled nursing facility coverage as it works to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States. The waiver of the rule comes after President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national state of emergency for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease.”     LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Private LTC insurance dropped the 3-day hospitalization requirement many years ago. Only
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“Denver 2020 ILTCI Conference Cancelled”

“Denver 2020 ILTCI Conference Cancelled,” The ILTCI Executive Committee Quote: “The Executive Committee of the ILTCI has monitored the COVID-19 virus closely. The situation in the host city of Denver, Colorado has worsened, including the governor of Colorado declaring a state of emergency. Unfortunately, we feel that it is impossible to proceed with the 2020 conference given the facts surrounding this pandemic. As likely goes without saying, we put the safety of our members first. Like most conferences, professional sports teams and other organizations whose members planned to meet in any material number this March, we have decided that proceeding
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“Study links 3 key risk factors to coronavirus deaths among older adults”

“Study links 3 key risk factors to coronavirus deaths among older adults,” by Alicia Lasek, McKnight’s LTC News   Quote: “Three key factors are tied to mortality in adults with coronavirus, a study of hospitalized patients has found. The findings could help clinicians better identify high-risk individuals, say investigators. The researchers followed 191 cases in Wuhan, China, facilities. Two-thirds had severe or critical illness, and 54 died in the hospital. Compared to survivors, patients who died were more likely to be older (average age 69 vs. 52), and to have confirmed signs of sepsis and blood clotting problems on admission. Other
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“CMS to ‘Immediately’ Refocus Nursing Home Inspections on Infection Control Amid Coronavirus”

“CMS to ‘Immediately’ Refocus Nursing Home Inspections on Infection Control Amid Coronavirus,” by Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News   Quote: “In the wake of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at a Washington nursing home, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will immediately refocus inspections of skilled nursing facilities on compliance with the agency’s infection control policies — and suspend all non-emergency survey work, the agency announced on Wednesday.”     LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Virus concerns induce CMS to change survey focus from Medicaid-induced quality problems to survival itself.
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“One LTCI Producer’s Take on Nursing Home Closures”

“One LTCI Producer’s Take on Nursing Home Closures,” by Romeo Raabe Quote: “Over 550 nursing closed in the US in the past 4 years, 328 in just the past 20 months.  More than half the closures were in just 9 states, Wisconsin among them.   Brown County, WI has lost 4 in the past 4 years with the last one closing next month at the corner of Webster Ave and Mason St in Green Bay.  This hits even harder in rural areas with few (if any) alternatives. “Nursing homes make their money two ways – most call themselves rehab centers and
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