Tag: Coronavirus

New Podcast: Skilled Nursing and Documentation Challenges During COVID-19

Today, long-term care expert Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, CQP, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC., discusses how nurses can recognize when the care they are providing is skilled and how COVID-19 impacts skilled care and documentation. We also dive into lessons learned from northeast facilities as COVID cases rise in the other parts of the […]

Rapid COVID-19 antibody detection kit available for use in the U.S.

A rapid COVID-19 antibody detection kit that can show if a person has been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is now available for use in the U.S. Menarini Silicon Biosystems has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement to sell the detection kit. The COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette®, manufactured by Healgen […]

Federal nursing home commission names new members

New members for the White House’s new Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes were announced June 19th.  Of the more than 800 applicants, 25 stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds were selected. The commission’s goal is to review nursing home responses to COVID-19 and create new regulations and procedures going forward. The […]

Keeping SNF residents engaged during COVID-19

Social distancing due to COVID-19 has been rough on many SNF residents, but there are several ways to keep residents engaged. Join us as we discuss ways to keep residents social and engaged while maintaining COVID-19 safety precautions. With us today is Stefanie Corbett. Stefanie has served in various senior leadership roles in healthcare organizations. […]

Family-Friendly Benefits vs. Work Perks: Which Will Win the War for Talent?

When Millennials entered the workforce, employers had to break the mold to get this generation of workers into their organizations. Trendy perks like nap pods and happy hours were touted as a way to stand out among employers looking to compete for the same talent. Now that we’re living in the COVID era, the benefits […]

CMS releases nursing home COVID-19 data and inspection results

The first round of COVID-19 data collected from nursing homes is now available on Nursing Home Compare. The data shows that as of May 31, about 13,600 (88%) of Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes had reported the required data to the CDC. Within these facilities, there are over 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and almost 32,000 […]

Officials warn to stay prepared for second wave of COVID-19 infections

Whether your home health agency is already working toward recovery from a peak load of COVID-19 patients or is still amidst the onslaught, remember there will be a second wave of patients in a few months. Take your lessons learned and update policies, protocols and action plans in anticipation of patient numbers that may be […]

Activate Your Career Paths Post-COVID19

The impact of the pandemic on every sector has been massive, especially for healthcare professionals. The workforce has dealt with major impacts spanning staff assignments being shifted to areas of greater need to work from home mandates. In other instances individuals are reconciling job furloughs, layoffs, and even closures, with vulnerability replacing job security. However, […]

CMS issues SNF best practices “toolkit” to combat COVID-19

On May 13, CMS released a new toolkit developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities, with additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes. The 74-page document includes guidance on: State Actions […]