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COVID-19 Seniors at Risk: Top 8 Things to Prevent Death

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Fri, Apr 10, 2020

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency


The CDC, CMS, AHCA and all State Associations are working around the clock to assist Skilled Nursing Facilities with navigating through this unprecedented time.  The resources are available, but it may difficult for operations to problem solve and prioritize due to the overwhelming risk and mortality of the senior population from COVID-19.

Coronavirus is a member of larger “family of viruses” called Coronaviruses (which includes the common cold). The name is derived from the shape of the virus at the molecular level, it looks like a “crown” with projections.  Those spikes on the virus allow it to stick to human cells and proceed to take over the normal cellular structure and then replicate itself.  This family of viruses has been around over 50 years.  COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is the 7th coronavirus known to effect humans.

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Topics: Regulatory, coronavirus, COVID-19

COVID-19 Strategies to Alleviate the Mental and Psychosocial Impact

Posted by The Harmony Team on Tue, Apr 07, 2020

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency


Landmark legislation for long term care, OBRA ’87, mandates that certified nursing facilities are to provide services so that each resident can “attain and maintain their highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.”  Recent requirements in Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation (RoP) for trauma informed care have spurred a focus on behavioral health and psychological well-being.  It has been questioned whether the attention to behavioral health issues has kept pace with the attention to the quality of medical care that we’ve seen increase in SNFs.

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Topics: Regulatory, coronavirus, COVID-19

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