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With billions in Medicare provider cuts looming, Congress stalls on solution

Medicare providers stand to lose more than $36 billion in reimbursements next year, a fate that looks more likely after Congressional leaders failed to stop slated cuts as part of a spending deal last week. 

Nursing home director accused of making fake vaccination cards

A nursing leader at a South Carolina skilled nursing facility is facing charges for allegedly producing fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in what’s believed to be the first case of its kind in the state.

Long-term care providers get help from National Guard

Providers in New York and Minnesota are receiving additional help from National Guard forces to aid with severe staffing shortages amid worries about the omicron variant. 

Medicare telehealth use increased 64-fold during pandemic … Washington state governor considers delaying long-term care payroll tax … CMS updates COVID blanket waivers for food services

Under-65 population with serious mental illness continues to grow in nursing homes, analysis finds

SNF directors of nursing say this influx of untraditional residents, many of whom have no appropriate discharge setting, poses care challenges.

CDC: While omicron triples COVID reinfections overseas, delta remains dominant in U.S.

For now at least, the delta variant is behind 99.9% of current COVID-19 cases, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says. But vaccine makers have developed contingency plans as the omicron variant quickly spreads.

The rate of older adults receiving help with activities of daily living after hospital discharge more than tripled over the study period. Unpaid caregivers likely are providing this care, investigators say.

Telehealth use increased 63-fold during pandemic; behavioral health tops list … Repeat colonoscopies recommended too often for the elderly, study suggests … Higher resting heart rate in elderly linked to greater odds of dementia and faster decline … Half of mild cognitive impairment diagnoses reversed in follow-up visits … Odds of amputation in peripheral artery disease may be higher in Hispanics

Nominators for the 4th annual McKnight’s Women of Distinction awards program can give themselves — and their respected nominees — an early present by entering their submissions by Wednesday's discount deadline.

Scientists say they’ve zeroed in on a cause of Alzheimer’s

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside say they have uncovered a reason why some people with plaques and tangles in their brains do not develop Alzheimer’s disease.

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