Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have each developed a vaccine to protect older adults from a virus known as RSV. People over 60 are at significant risk of serious complications if they contract RSV. Fortunately, with the recent FDA approval of Pfizer’s Abrysvo vaccine and GSK’s Arexvy vaccine, along with practical safety measures, […]
Immunity for nursing homes during the Coronavirus Pandemic?
With the coronavirus pandemic hitting nursing homes and assisted living facilities especially hard, families are wondering whether they should bring their parents or other loved ones home. It is a tough decision with no easy answers. Growing Cases The number of coronavirus cases in nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country continues to grow. […]
As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable to the disease. How to try to ensure that your loved one stays healthy?
With coronavirus dominating news coverage and creating alarm, it is important to know that Medicare and Medicaid will cover tests for the virus. DHHS Announces a New Designation The Department of Health and Human Services has designated the test for the new strain of coronavirus (officially called “COVID-19”) an essential health benefit. This designation means […]
Veterans have two options as far as disability programs are concerned. Disabilities because of injuries sustained during active duty or if the service during active duty made the existing injury worse are covered through disability compensation while disability pension compensates any veteran who is permanently disabled regardless of whether or not the disability is due […]
According to the New York Times, few Medicare beneficiaries take advantage of open enrollment, but of those that do, nearly half cut their premiums by at least 5 percent. Even beneficiaries who have been satisfied with their plans in 2019 should review their choices for 2020, as both premiums and plan coverage can fluctuate from […]
An advance directive gives instructions on the kind of medical care you would like to receive should you become unable to express your wishes yourself, and it often designates someone to make medical decisions for you. It is not uncommon in Maine for people to enjoy the gorgeous summers and then fly on out to […]
A rule change by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (aka CMS) is coming- and it will impact how home healthcare providers will receive reimbursement. This rule could, inadvertently, affect patient care as well. Beginning in January 2020, Medicare will reimburse home health agencies at a lower rate when they care for patients who […]
You or a loved one have recently received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. That in and of itself is a lot to comprehend. While it is healthy to take some time to digest what that means, you shouldn’t wait long before thinking about what the next steps are that you should consider. Even if the person […]