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FutureCare Cherrywood leads list of 2021 McKnight’s Tech Awards winners

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the senior living industry in countless ways, with many facilities combating the negative effects with technology. Included in that group is FutureCare Cherrywood of Reisterstown, MD.

Three-day stay waiver, fire safety allowances extended into 2022

The temporary waiver for Medicare’s three-day stay requirement will continue at least into January after the COVID-19 public health crisis designation was extended by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra this week. 

Pleas answered: Texas providers set to receive nearly $400 million for staffing

After calling on state lawmakers to invest $400 million and help long-term care address critical workforce shortages, Texas providers are closer to receiving their wish after a critical funding bill was approved by the state Legislature. 

U.S. Supreme Court denies Maine healthcare workers’ vaccine mandate challenge … New nursing home reform measures take effect in New York … Report: Most Medicare beneficiaries received telehealth services only from providers they already had established relationship with

A Wisconsin long-term care facility is embracing solar technology in hopes of building a sustainable future and environment for its residents.

FDA expands COVID booster shot access; says vaccines can be mixed or matched

The agency has amended the emergency use authorizations for Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of a single booster dose in certain eligible groups.

Residents with uncontrolled pain are more likely to exhibit depression and behavioral symptoms including signs of psychosis, rejection of care and physical and verbal aggression, investigators say.

Nurses working backward-rotating shifts were significantly more sleepy and exhibited more cognitive slowing — including longer reaction times — than those working forward rotations, researchers say. 

Flu cases up 23 percent over 2020, Walgreens data show

Nevada tops the list and Southern communities overall are showing some of the highest and most widespread flu activity, according to an index based on antiviral prescriptions data.

Former SNF operator out $300,000 after failing to provide sign language services … 5-minute cognitive assessment for mobile phones, iPads receives FDA medical device clearance … Aduhelm’s makers bet on government coverage to boost drug’s slow sales … First stroke patient to undergo form of deep brain stimulation sees improved upper extremity function … North Carolina reports an 89% decrease in LTC COVID-19 cases

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