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Student Nurses Who Refuse Vaccination Struggle to Complete Degrees

KHN (10/04/2021) – Kaitlyn Hevner expects to complete a 15-month accelerated nursing program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville in December. For her clinical training this fall, she’s working 12-hour shifts on weekends with medical-surgical patients at a hospital. But Hevner and nursing students like her who refuse to get vaccinated against covid-19 are in an increasingly precarious position. Their stance may put their required clinical training and, eventually, their nursing careers at risk. Full story »

Long-term care’s problems are bad and getting worse — but fixable

McKnights LTCN (10/01/2021) – The long-term care business is hurting: labor shortages, wage pressures, vax mandates, too much Medicaid, too little private pay, value-based reimbursement, MedPAC vs. Medicare and so on and on. Full story »

Payer CMS official: Don’t expect a lot of fully risk-based payment models going forward

Fierce Healthcare (09/30/2021) – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chief Operating Officer Jon Blum detailed the agency’s vision for value-based care during the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations' fall conference Thursday. Full story »

‘MIND’ diet may slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s

MedicalNewsToday (09/29/2021) – Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Around 1 in 9 adults over the age of 65 years in the United States currently have this condition. Full story »

Governor announces staffing, financial help for long-term care facilities

MCKnights Senior Living (09/28/2021) – West Virginia - Nursing homes, assisted living communities and hospitals will receive staffing and financial help to keep their workforce levels up under the Saving Our Care initiative announced by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) last week. Full story »

Alleged neglect: Woman claims nursing home killed her mom

The Daily Times (09/25/2021) – When Treca Finchum’s mother was admitted to the hospital after a year and four months in Asbury Place, Maryville, she had a thick layer of dried saliva matted in one corner of her mouth that the hospital nurses cleaned out. Full story »

Staffing shortages affecting Iowa long-term care facilities, AARP reports

KWWL News 7 (09/17/2021) – CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - The healthcare industry is one that is hardest hit by the worker shortage. Iowa long-term care facilities need to adjust the way they operate in order to provide residents with the best care possible. Full story »

Aggressively reducing Alzheimer’s risk factors could mean 1.2 million fewer disease in 2050: experts

MCKnights Senior Living (09/15/2021) – Adopting an aggressive plan to reduce risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 15% per decade could result in 1.2 million fewer people living with the disease in 2050, according to experts. Full story »