• Long COVID is Partly to Blame for Workforce Shortages

    Some 71% of claimants with long COVID were still receiving treatment and unable to return to work for six months or more, according to data from the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), the largest worker compensation insurance fund in the state. The study analyzed more than 3,000 COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims received by NYSIF between January 1, 2020, and March 31, 2022.

  • 5 Key Healthcare Trends Affecting Nurse Practitioners in 2023

    Growing demand for nurse practitioners (NP) is among the profession’s key trends for 2023, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). As the NP profession looks toward the future, AANP has identified five key healthcare trends to watch.

  • Vaccination Rates Stable But Healthcare Providers Must Remain Vigilant

    While national vaccination rates for vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles are relatively high and stable, healthcare providers need to be on guard for vaccination lapses at the local level, says Susan Koletar, MD, a practicing physician and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Why Better Discharge Communication Between Acute-Care and SNF Nurses is Crucial

    Systems to improve nurse-to-nurse communication in different handoffs, such as during shift change and unit transfer, are effective in acute-care settings, but efforts to improve communication during the nurse-to-nurse handoff from hospital to SNF have not been widely implemented, according to the study by Wayne State University. 

  • It’s Official: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to End on May 11

    As promised, the White House is giving ample notice—the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) will end on May 11. In a statement January 30, the White House said it would end the PHE, which has allowed hospitals and other providers a number of compliance and other waivers to help ease the burden on healthcare.