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#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> Staffing Plan Throws Nursing Homes

>> Flu Vaccine to Change

The Med & Mic™ 10.6.23

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

Nursing Home Struggle with New Plan

The government’s plan to require nursing homes to have a nurse on site around the clock and to increase staffing ratios has left nursing homes struggling to meet the new rules. A health policy researcher pointed out to the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee that 80% of facilities could not comply. Turnover is high. Rather than linking Medicare payment to staffing ratios, another approach would be to develop a list of quality and outcome measures upon which reimbursement would be based. (Source: STAT News, T. Bannow, 10.5.23)

Removing a Component of Flu Vaccine

The FDA’s vaccine advisory panel recommends taking a strain of influenza that is no longer circulating out of the flu vaccine. This presses vaccine manufacturers to make the change in an expedited manner. The hope is the new shots will be ready for the 2024-25 flu season, though the directive may lead to a shortage of vaccine. (Source: STAT News, H. Branswell, 10.5.23)

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