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Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a leading industry advocate is offering guidance and templates to assist long-term care medical directors in handling requests for medical exemptions.

The results suggest that older patients should be prioritized for rehab interventions with the goal of restoring functional mobility to pre-disease levels, investigators say.

Taking time off from certain bone health drugs is recommended after three to five years, but a hiatus from risedronate is tied to an increased risk of fracture among older adults, a new study finds.

With every state but Texas now covered by rules mandating when workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19, providers are facing increased urgency around ongoing vaccination campaigns.

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Therapy leaders praise results of first study showing therapy quality didn't decline under a new payment model, but they want broader evidence.

Explosive growth for Longevity Health Plan's I-SNPs underscores skilled nursing providers’ increasing willingness to partner for patient care, especially if partners add clinical capabilities and provide a buffer against lower Medicare Advantage reimbursements.

Connecticut providers, AG exploring staffing agency price caps, other antitrust measures …  Maryland adds test-to-enter visitor policy … Florida may extend COVID-19 liability protections for nursing homes … Feds hit West Virginia skilled nursing operator $270,000 for back pay violations … AHCA/AAPACN team up for trauma-informed care training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday that providers in 24 states added to the federal vaccine mandate roster Thursday have until March 15 to become fully vaccinated.

Nursing homes and other healthcare providers will be shifting into high gear in the coming days and weeks to try to figure out how to comply with the vaccine mandate unblocked by the Supreme Court Thursday.

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