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By Rachel Bluth and Lauren Weber, Kaiser Health News The effort to vaccinate some of the country’s most vulnerable residents against covid-19 has been slowed by a federal program that sends retail pharmacists into nursing homes — accompanied by layers of bureaucracy and logistical snafus. This…
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For weeks, doctors’ phones have been ringing off the hook with anxious older patients on the other end of the line. “When can I get a covid-19 vaccine?” these patients want to know. “And where?” Frustration and confusion are rampant as states and counties begin to offer vaccines to all seniors…
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Older age, male sex, and impaired cognitive and physical function are independent risk factors for all-cause 30-day mortality in nursing home residents with COVID-19, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.  “Understanding these risk factors can aid in the development of…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News  Where do we want to live in the years ahead? Older adults are asking this question anew in light of the ongoing toll of the coronavirus pandemic — disrupted lives, social isolation, mounting deaths. Many are changing their minds. Some people who planned to…
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By Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News Nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center were on edge as early as March when patients with COVID-19 began to show up in areas of the hospital that were not set aside to care for them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had advised hospitals to…
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By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among the first in a weeklong parade of speakers to issue scathing critiques of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. Cuomo’s criticisms drew a quick reply…
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new training program for frontline nursing home staff and nursing home management. The program, called the “CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management,” equips frontline caregivers and their…
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By Rachana Pradhan, Kaiser Health News The Trump administration’s latest effort to use COVID-19 rapid tests — touted by one senior official as a “turning point” in arresting the coronavirus’s spread within nursing homes — is running into roadblocks likely to limit how widely they’ll be used.…
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By Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News GARDENA, Calif. — Daisy Conant, 91, thrives off routine. One of her favorites is reading the newspaper with her morning coffee. But, lately, the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has been more agitating than pleasurable. “We’re dropping like flies,”…
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By Emmarie Huetteman, Kaiser Health News The first call in early April was from the testing center, informing the nurse she was positive for COVID-19 and should quarantine for two weeks. The second call, less than 20 minutes later, was from her employer, as the hospital informed her she could…
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