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Lois A. Bowers

Lois A. Bowers

Lois has spent almost her entire career covering healthcare, the business of healthcare and related topics via journalism or public relations. She holds a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Kent State University (media management) and is the recipient of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award as well as other honors.

Most recent articles by Lois A. Bowers

Vaccine advice from your peers

Many are viewing the vaccine as a gift of sorts, a solution to end the months of extra safety precautions and social isolation that everyone has endured. But if you have staff members or residents who remain leery, your fellow operators have some suggestions to alleviate their concerns.

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Extend COVID-19 public emergency declaration, provider group urges HHS

The federal public health emergency declared due to COVID-19, which is set to expire Jan. 23, should be extended until five criteria are met, American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Parkinson said in a Dec. 28 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar.

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Philip Esformes has 20-year sentence in fraud case commuted by President Trump

In one of two cases with assisted living connections, President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Philip Esformes, the former assisted living and skilled nursing facility owner who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a case that the federal government valued at $1 billion and described as “the largest healthcare fraud scheme charged by the U.S. Justice Department.”

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Omnibus bill includes $3.1 billion for dementia research

The $1.4 trillion appropriations omnibus spending bill advanced by congressional leaders on Monday includes an increase of more than $300 million in funding for dementia research at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2021. With this increase, annual funding for NIH research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias would top $3.1 billion.

Big senior living stories of 2020

A year ago, nobody in the U.S. senior living industry would have predicted that a pandemic would upend everyone’s personal and professional lives in 2020. But COVID-19 undoubtedly was the story of the year, permeating almost all other news in some way from March onward. But other big stories drew attention as well.

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