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After Vaccines, Joy, Relief and Game Night

The New York Times (02/12/2021) – After nearly a year in lockdown for the residents of Good Shepherd Nursing Home — eating meals in their rooms, playing bingo over their television sets and isolating themselves almost entirely from the outside world — their coronavirus vaccinations were finished and the hallways were slowly beginning to reawaken. Full story »

Hospices: Create an Effective Plan of Care

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP | Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In the February 11, 2021 edition of  MLN Connects, you’ll find this posting of valuable hospice resources (information in brackets added by me): An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report [38 pages – July 2019] found that most hospices have at least one deficiency in their quality of care. Review the Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of Care [August 2020] fact sheet to learn about principles of care planning, care coordination, and common deficiencies. Additional resources:

FDA Authorizes Monoclonal Antibodies for Treatment of COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On February 9, 2021 the FDA announced that an emergency use authorization (EUA) has been issued for “bamlanivimab and etesevimab to be administered together for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age or older weighing at least 40 kilograms [about 88 pounds]) who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19. The authorized use includes treatment for those who are 65 years of age or older or who have certain chronic medical conditions. Read Full Story >>

Community comes together to brighten spirits of long-term care facility residents

Daily Journal Online (02/09/2021) – Local business owner Tifanny Wright has come up with a way to hopefully brighten the spirits of many local residents this Valentine’s Day. Full story »

Long-term care to lose $94 billion due to pandemic: forecast

McKnight's LTCN (02/10/2021) – The long-term care industry will lose $94 billion over a two-year period as a result of COVID-related costs and revenue losses, according to a new forecast from the nation’s largest nursing home association. Full story »

Biden’s pick for CMS chief narrows

McKnight's LTCN (02/08/2021) – President Joe Biden has narrowed his choices for the next leader of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Several national media outlets have confirmed the search has come down to North Carolina Health Secretary Mandy Cohen and longtime policy health expert Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, who both served during former President Barack Obama’s administration. Full story »

2 nurses: Her mom battled 1918 pandemic, she fights this one

WTOP NEWS (02/05/2021) – Stokes is too busy working to save lives during a deadly pandemic, just as her mother did more than a century ago. Full story »

Six-year study links hearing loss to dementia risk

McKnight's LTCN (02/04/2021) – A study of older Australians has revealed a strong link between self-reported hearing loss and cognition, along with increased risk for mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Full story »