Category: Infection Control

Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Act

Visitor Reports The State recently reported how nursing homes in South Carolina ignored reporting requirements during COVID. The facilities claim they ere more interested in patient care than documenting that they actually provided the care. However, documentation is a necessary part of the nursing process and quality of care. Documentation allows communication among different caregivers;

Role of Medical Director

Communication Skilled Nursing News reported in a recent webinar sponsored by MatrixCare discussing collaboration between physicians and nursing homes. SNFs are required to have a medical director – a physician responsible for coordinating care at the facility – by law. However, COVID showed improvement was long overdue. COVID is the catalyst for significant change in the

The Cost of Capitalism?

For-profit Healthcare People always complain about universal health care as socialism. They assume a not for profit health care system would negatively affect the quality of care. However, that does not appear to be true. For example, federal data shows that for-profit facilities were 18% less effective with preventing COVID-19 infections than nonprofit or government-run

N95 Masks

Drain the Swamp In the midst of a national shortage of N95 masks, Trump secretly granted an exception to its export ban on protective gear. The U.S. Strategic National Stockpile has not yet met its goal for N95 respirators. See U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The December report said 190 million N95 respirators were in

Infection Control Funding

McKnight’s reported on the latest pandemic relief package. Half a billion dollars in funding will help nursing homes prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19 in their facilities. Infection control funds will support nursing home strike teams. Nursing homes have been petri dishes for infectious diseases. A Government Accountability Office report found 80 percent of

Strengthen Infection Control

When Biden unveiled his pandemic response plan with an unprecedented national strategy, critics complained that the rescue plan was too expansive and detailed.  Incredible.  Isn’t that a good thing? The new 200-page document calls on government agencies to “strengthen long-term care facility guidance, funding and requirements around infection-control policies.” Everyone can agree that nursing homes need

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