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Frontline workers must be priority for COVID-19 resources, groups say; Juniper to test all residents, staff

The safety and well-being of frontline workers in senior living and skilled nursing must be prioritized in order to ensure that older adults receive the care they need and that the spread of COVID-19 is minimized, leaders of professional organizations serving the industry said in a unified message released Thursday. Meanwhile, also on Thursday, Bloomfield, NJ-based Juniper Communities said it had begun testing all residents and employees for COVID-19 at the communities it owns.

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Medicaid fraud discovered because of murder pushes nationwide assisted living monetary recoveries to $2.2 million

Efforts by state Medicaid Fraud Control Units resulted in a total of 23 criminal convictions and more than $2.2 million in criminal monetary recoveries related to assisted living in fiscal year 2019, according to an annual report released Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. One case is responsible for much of the dollar amount.

Quality in action

In response to my blog last week, I heard from several readers who shared the creative actions their senior living communities are taking to keep residents healthy and active socially, physically and cognitively.

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AHCA / NCAL, AMDA blast ‘short-sighted’ plans to discharge people with COVID-19 from hospitals to long-term care facilities

“The question all state officials must consider is whether the risk of introducing a virus with an estimated 30% or higher mortality rate into a nursing home or assisted living community outweighs the risk of hospitals being overcrowded,” the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living and AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine said in a joint statement released Sunday.

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