Long-Term Care News and Updates
Lina Camacho • July 15, 2022
Feds aim to help nursing homes, others with big long COVID workplace challenge
Long COVID is a syndrome for people previously infected with COVID-19 who experience long-term effects from the infection. Research has estimated that 10% of people infected with COVID-19 will experience long COVID — though the rate for seniors is estimated as at least triple that (32%).
As the long-term care industry continues to grapple with a historic workforce shortage, the Department of Labor is turning its attention to solve workplace challenges associated with long COVID.
The department, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Surgeon General, on Tuesday launched a new initiative seeking public input to better understand long COVID in workplaces. The goal is to find ways to help employers retain their employees who are dealing with long-term effects from the virus so they can continue working while also managing any symptoms or pain associated with long COVID.
Seniors shouldn’t wait until fall for COVID-19 booster vax, federal health officials say
The CDC is recommending that all older adults get a second COVID-19 booster vaccination as soon as possible.
Why? Because the virus is evolving and becoming more difficult to prevent.
The SARS-CoV-2 omicron subvariant BA.5 is now responsible for 65% of COVID-19 infections in the United States, Ashish Jha, M.D., the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, told listeners in an online briefing. BA.5 and its BA.4 sister variant better evade immunity than earlier omicron variants and are behind an uptick in infections.
Hospitalizations have doubled since April, and although nowhere near the numbers experienced early in the pandemic, U.S. COVID-19 deaths number about 350 a day, he and his colleagues reported.
A Natural Fit: New CMS Requirements Elevate Nursing Homes’ Behavioral Health Role
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced new rules of participation that aim to further address the rights and available services for residents with mental health needs. This is part of a larger push that CMS is making to elevate clinical practices to improve quality of care at nursing homes, industry leaders say.
The agency is aiming to address situations where practitioners or facilities may have inaccurately diagnosed or coded a resident, as well as unnecessary use of non-psychotropic drugs and antipsychotics, championing gradual dose reduction for residents that may have come into the setting on such medications.
These updates are part of a larger push by CMS and other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to elevate clinical practices to improve quality of care at nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country.
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