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Long-term care provider advocates are intensifying pressure — on distributors and their own staff members — to conduct more expansive COVID-19 vaccinations in the week ahead. The post Providers ramping up pressure for more vaccinations next week appe

Healthcare providers who received more than $10,000 in Provider Relief Fund payments will now have a longer grace period to report how they used the aid to the federal government, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The post BRE

Biden aims to have 100 million vaccines administered in his first 100 days. Meetings with manufacturers have bolstered confidence that supply will steadily increase, an advisory board member said. The post Biden to speed up vaccinations; second dose

Scientists are raising concerns that new genetic strains of SARS-CoV-2 will spark renewed outbreaks in the United States at a time when cases are already spiking. The post Scientists predict new virus strain will worsen U.S. infection spike appeared

The leader of the nation’s largest nursing home association is hopeful COVID-19 vaccinations of all U.S. nursing home residents will be complete by the March 1 target date it set for states last month. The post Parkinson: Maintain SNF vaccinations to

Cash bonuses and vigorous education campaigns have been among the tools used by different types of long-term care operators to increase staff participation in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new report by Forbes columnist Howard Gleckman

The leader of a New Hampshire nursing home said it regrets not having its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan reviewed by state health officials before providing doses to some of the facility’s volunteer board members. The post NH provider regrets not

Nursing homes plead for staffing help from National Guard in Kansas, while Indiana extends Guard stay in long-term care facilities … CMS’ Verma hasn’t considered resigning from post, focused on smooth transition … Colorado reports first decrease in n

Roughly two-thirds of long-term care organizations report that they have not increased move-in restrictions. Operators presumably are now more confident in infection prevention and creative, safe visitation protocols, observers say. The post Even ami

Opt-out addition to EMR gives needed boost to cardiac rehab referrals … COVID-sniffing canines to work at Georgia assisted living facilities … CMS rule seeks to shorten approval process for new medical technology … Community pharmacies make case for

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