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Smaller healthcare providers will be prioritized in the latest round of COVID-19 relief funding announced by federal health officials last week, according to a new analysis published Friday by LeadingAge.

Feds must collaborate — not punish — providers under new $500 million investment plan

Providers hope the federal government and states are willing to work with them, instead of punishing them, under a new $500 million infection control initiative aimed at helping facilities battle COVID-19 outbreaks.

This state plans to funnel money to nursing homes, hospitals that need help addressing staffing crisis

West Virginia nursing homes that have had to shell out more money to hire extra staff during the COVID-19 pandemic will be reimbursed under a new program just unveiled by the state.

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved a less expensive copy of the blockbuster drug Lucentis for treating age-related (wet) macular degeneration and several other eye conditions.

Investigators examined recovered COVID-19 patients in Long Beach California. Fully one third of participants reported having at least one symptom of post-acute sequelae, commonly called “long COVID-19,” two months after their positive test results.

For some seniors, pandemic isolation has created a perfect storm of physical inactivity and deconditioning that has resulted in increased falls risk and greater fear of falling, researchers say.

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The initiative will allow states and other U.S. jurisdictions to “staff, train and deploy” strike teams to help long-term care operations with known or suspected COVID-19 infections, CDC says.

An FDA advisory panel has unanimously recommended approving COVID-19 booster shots for adults aged 65 years and older and for individuals at high risk of severe disease, including healthcare workers.

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