Bottom line: buildings lacking air control systems designed for infection control are problematic if both individual and collective efforts to limit transmission are not considered.
This article suggests this difficulty in talking about the need to improve indoor ventilation may be because of its complexity. I think there is something else going on: easy to put COVID-19 preventive measures on the person (wash hands; stay distant; wear a mask; pursue vaccination) but harder to talk about measures that may well
Maryland has long led the way with its all payor hospital payment system. This approach has not proven to be easily replicable elsewhere, however. Now, New York tiptoes in to the area of medical-loss ratios or profitability caps for nursing homes. This should be interesting to watch. The COVID-19-induced scrutiny of for profit nursing homes
Thanks to KFF, we now have some insight into what has happened to the medical-loss ratio in 2021. The short answer is that health care utilization, overall, is way down, so rebates for 2020 failure to achieve the medical-loss ration will be the order of the day for covered plans. The even more interesting question
There is an excellent article in The Atlantic on this topic. I have to wonder, when the breakthroughs become more widespread, as they inevitably will once COVID-19 vaccination becomes more widespread, if people will start to realize that other vaccinations (measles, mumps, etc.) also leave a certain number of people vulnerable even after vaccination and
True mass vaccination for COVID-19 appears to be upon us. No time like the present to consider whether vaccine-related injury from COVID-19 vaccinations should be added to the list of covered vaccinations for the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Make no mistake, the jockeying for position on whether COVID_19 vaccination-related injury should be covered began several
Nursing Home Staff Churn: Any Nursing Home in Kansas With an Annual Turnover Rate for RNs at About 145% is Asking for Scrutiny
Or, so you would think. But the numbers are even worse elsewhere. As Dorothy Gale noted: “My, People come and go so quickly here!” How can it be possible to provide quality care in such circumstances? How can it be possible to vaccinate all willing staff against COVID-19 in such circumstances?
This is a scandal with many contributors. The idea that New York nursing homes felt compelled to admit patients who had tested positive for COVID-19, or who had not tested negative for COVID-19, because they never pay attention to admitting only those they could really care for is the truth lurking behind the scandal. Richard
“We’ve created a separate and unequal hospital system and a separate and unequal funding system for low-income communities,” she [Dr. Elaine Batchlor] said in an interview. “And now with Covid, we’re seeing the disproportionate impact.” “She has pleaded with the governor for help, tried to shame other institutions into accepting transfers of patients and spoken
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