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We Are Having A National Conversation About Race And Policing. Why Aren’t We Having One About Race And Long-Term Care?

Nearly every American knows who George Floyd was and how he died.  Tens of thousands around the country took to the streets to protest his May 25 killing by a Minneapolis police officer. Just a month after his death, the US House of Representatives passed a major police reform bill—normally a process that would take years. If George Floyd has [...]

By |2020-06-30T15:13:21-04:00June 30th, 2020|long term care reform|0 Comments

The Painful Choice to Reopen Long-Term Care Facilities To Visitors In The Time Of Covid-19

Nothing I have written lately has generated more heartfelt response than my articles about family members who, due to the covid-19 pandemic, are unable to visit their loved ones in long-term care facilities. And the writers are consistent: They want to visit, no matter the risk. Here are just some of the emails I’ve received in the past few weeks: [...]

By |2020-06-18T09:44:28-04:00June 18th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

How To Redesign Long-Term Care For Older Adults After COVID-19

The way we care for older adults in the US is, self-evidently, not working.  In just the past three months, at least  44,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19. Hundreds of thousands have been sickened. And millions have been isolated from family and friends for months. Yet, this crisis did not [...]

By |2020-06-09T10:11:34-04:00June 9th, 2020|long term care reform|1 Comment

Two Strong Signals That A Nursing Home Is Likely To Have COVID-19: Its Location And The Race Of Its Residents

We are beginning to learn which nursing homes are most likely to be hit with COVID-19.  And while studies are preliminary and based on very limited data, they tell a troubling story: Location and the race of residents matter a lot. But they also tell a surprising story: Quality (at least as measured by Medicare),   the share of Medicaid residents, [...]

By |2020-06-01T11:22:30-04:00June 1st, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

The Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Non-Guidance About Reopening Nursing Homes to Family Visitors

“When will I be allowed to visit my mother again?” That’s been the question on the minds of the families of millions of residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other senior communities who effectively have been locked down since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold two months ago. Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put out [...]

By |2020-05-19T14:23:54-04:00May 19th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

The Trump Administration May Reopen Nursing Homes To Visitors. It Must Be Very Careful

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) appears to be preparing to allow nursing homes to open their doors to families and other visitors, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. If not done carefully, this would be folly, and could put residents, staff, and families at risk. The new rules, which still are under consideration, would reverse March 16 CMS guidance [...]

By |2020-05-11T16:31:09-04:00May 11th, 2020|nursing homes|2 Comments

Five Ways To Reduce COVID-19 Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities

Could all those COVID-19 nursing home deaths have been prevented?  No. Could some of them have been prevented? Certainly.  And many more can be prevented in the future. How? With more testing, with better testing that produces rapid results, with more personal protective equipment (PPE) and better staff training in how to use it, with far better management of staff [...]

By |2020-05-08T13:59:37-04:00May 8th, 2020|nursing homes|1 Comment

 The Grim Post-COVID-19 Future For Nursing Homes

Someday, most of us will return to life before COVID-19. Nursing homes will not. The deaths of more than 16,000 of their residents from COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted senior living facilities--especially nursing homes-- and will drive historic change in the industry. Robert Kramer, president of the consulting firm Nexus Insights and a long-time observer of nursing home finances, told me, [...]

By |2020-05-04T11:22:15-04:00May 4th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

Sorry President Trump, But A Few Masks and A Commission Won’t Help Senior Living Facilities And Their Residents

With great fanfare, President Trump announced yesterday that his administration would deliver about two weeks’ worth of masks to nursing homes by the Fourth of July . And he’d stand up a commission to study quality and safety in nursing homes. All just in time to celebrate May as “Older Americans Month.” The masks apparently are going only to nursing [...]

By |2020-05-01T15:34:17-04:00May 1st, 2020|long-term care|0 Comments

Why Are We So Shocked By COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths? We Have Been Failing Our Frail Older Adults For Decades

The headlines are eye-opening: On Friday, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that, as of as of April 23, there were more than 10,000 reported deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care facilities—in just the 23 states that publicly report this information. That may be shocking. But it should not be surprising. COVID-19 has exposed and amplified our profoundly flawed system of [...]

By |2020-04-27T13:58:33-04:00April 27th, 2020|Aging|3 Comments