Federal Resources Please

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

As the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on senior living is on track to reach $17 billion annually, providers need more funds to cover additional expenses and lost revenue and they need new tax credits to pay for certain expenses incurred as employers, the American Seniors Housing Association told leaders in Congress in a McKnight’s article. Senior living providers …

Respiratory Protection – OSHA Guidance

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers. As such, they have published a document to provide guidance for the employers of those working nursing homes, assisted living, and other long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. LTCFs are different than other healthcare settings because they assist residents and clients with tasks of daily living in …

State of Michigan – SNF Testing Update

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance, Featured

If you are a Michigan provider, this information is for you! The state of Michigan has updated their testing reimbursement guidelines and issues a memo on November 2, 2020. Please be sure you are following the guidelines, maintaining the documentation and requesting reimbursement for testing on a timely basis. Download the information from Michigan.gov! Stay the course, stay strong, stay …

PPE Supplies – Don’t Stockpile!

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health, News

A KHN News article says that nursing homes, small physician offices, and rural clinics are being left behind in the rush for N95 masks and other protective gear, exposing some of the country’s most vulnerable populations and their caregivers to COVID-19 while larger, wealthier health care facilities build equipment stockpiles. More than eight months into the pandemic, health care leaders …

More Evidence For Masks

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health, Studies

Randomized clinical trials of community mask use are challenging to conduct because of ethical and practical considerations. Observational studies have substantial limitations but can be instructive per an article published in the American Medical Association’s journal (JAMA) on October 26, 2020. To understand the rationale for mask-wearing to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission, it is helpful to understand how the virus spreads …

Herd Immunity – Vaccines – Mask Forever?

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

Dr. Anthony Fauci displayed his trademark bluntness in an address to the medical community at Thomas Jefferson University, warning against premature hopes of “herd immunity” to COVID-19. It remains a puzzle why some people get very sick yet most do not and it remains difficult to predict which are which although genetics and previous exposures to viruses may both play …

Zinc – Prevent COVID Deaths?

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Featured, Health

New research presented at the 2020 ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID) suggests that lower levels of baseline plasma zinc are associated with poorer survival outcomes in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The study by Dr. Roberto Guerri-Fernandez, Hospital DelMar, Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues, involved a retrospective analysis of symptomatic COVID-19 patients admitted to a tertiary university hospital in Barcelona, Spain …

Vaccine Triggers Immune Response

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

A CNBC article announced that AstraZeneca is developing its potential COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford and that the vaccine has produced a similar immune response in older and younger adults. The World Health Organization has said that older people, in addition to people of all ages with pre-existing medical conditions, appear to develop serious illness on …

Calling All Heroes!

Angie Szumlinski Featured

Is there someone working with seniors who has gone above and beyond the call of duty? Have you been inspired by their selfless acts? Do you have unique ideas for engaging senior living facility residents? If so, we want to hear your story! Throughout the next couple of months, we are going to share the stories of the great things …

Thank You Again, Mark Parkinson!

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

In a recent publication on “Morning Consult”, Mark Parkinson, President, and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) gave some insight into what providers have been living with and continue to struggle with during this pandemic. “From the beginning, long-term care providers never wavered from their commitment to delivering the highest quality of …