Kansas nursing homes waiting on coronavirus testing gear

Nursing homes that don’t have the machines and kits need to send their samples to private labs, but some say the prices are impossible to afford long-term.

Phillips County Retirement Center got a coronavirus testing machine this month from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

But it will run out of the sample-collecting kits that came with the device on Monday, just one week after turning it on, the Kansas News Service reports.

Twenty miles away, the county’s other nursing home is still waiting for its machine.

“It’s been a really big struggle just to even try to find out who knows where it is,” said Teresa McComb, who runs Logan Manor Community Health Services.

A new federal rule promises to protect nursing home residents from COVID-19 by requiring all workers to undergo testing up to twice a week. Homes should either use machines sent by HHS or

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Insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID extended for 6 month



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The central government on Tuesday extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19 for another 180 days. It was announced on March 30 for a period of 90 days and was extended further for 90 days.

This Central Sector Scheme provides an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh to health care providers, including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and therefore at risk of being infected. It also includes accidental loss of life on account of contracting COVID-19.

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US nursing homes are given go-ahead to welcome back visitors



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Residents in nursing homes across the country will now be allowed to welcome visitors for the first time in six months. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a ban on family members visiting nursing facilities back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Exceptions were made only for critical care and end-of-life situations. 

But on Friday, the ban was lifted, effective immediately, following widespread complaints that nursing home patients were suffering from anxiety and depression without visits from loved ones. 

All nursing homes across the United States must now allow outdoor visits or risk potential sanctions if they refuse to do so. 

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Mark Meadows says Trump health care plan ‘ready’: ‘executive action with a legislative component’

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday President Trump’s health care plan is ready to be rolled out, after months of delay, and will be an “executive action with a legislative component.”

“It’s ready, we’ve been making a number of tweaks and modifications,” Meadows told reporters Tuesday at the White House.

“I think if we look at legislation, nothing gets done in Congress. They can’t even agree on the corona issue,” Meadows said of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Part of the delay is we had to look at legislative parts, and we had to put it in this box, then we had to figure out what to do administratively. We had to get creative with executive powers.”

“What we can do is bring health care costs down through executive action, and with a legislative component,” Meadows said. He added that he is “not optimistic” that Congress will “come together”

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Salary fight looms, despite deals on parental leave, health insurance

Despite significant progress toward the 2020-21 teacher contracts, negotiators for Brevard Public School and the Brevard Federation of Teachers union remain at loggerheads on salary hikes for district educators.



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It was the first day if school in Brevard County. At Endeavour Elementary School, 4th grade teacher Tangela Jackson was starting the students off with a couple of one minute math speed tests to see where the students were at and what they retained from third grade.

Bargaining teams reached tentative agreements in a virtual session Wednesday on major contract pieces including parental leave and health insurance premiums, but could not see eye-to-eye on raises following a district counteroffer of $7,000 for new hires against a bump of only $700 for veteran teachers.

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Salary talks were complicated this year by a state mandate, championed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, to raise starting teacher salaries to

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Outdoor visits allowed at Michigan nursing homes starting today: What to know

LANSING, Mich.Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Michigan can start seeing visitors outdoors Tuesday as a new order goes into effect.

An order signed last week by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will allow an exception to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s restriction on visits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The new order, which goes into effect Tuesday (Sept. 15), will allow outdoor visitation as long as certain COVID-19 safety guidelines are followed.

“Limiting visitation has saved lives,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “Seeing loved ones in person is important for mental health. Allowing outdoor visits — with proper procedures such as requiring social distancing and masks — is good for residents and can keep everyone safe.”

The flattening of the COVID-19 curve and feedback about how the burden of restrictions has grown over time were both factors in the decision, officials said.

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Healthy Fresh Meals competes in growing meal delivery market

Shana Greenbaum, 34, was a searcher. The entrepreneur tried competitive ice skating, waiting on tables and hostessing, restaurant management, a bit of acting, and even bodybuilding before she founded her food delivery business four years ago.

Greenbaum’s Healthy Fresh Meals delivers more than 4,000 servings every week to around 500 customers — including health-conscious gym rats and a sprinkling of professional athletes — throughout the Washington-Baltimore market. The average meal is about $12.

The menu changes weekly. A recent week included several offerings, such as Thai coconut curry salmon for the average consumers or steak, sweet potato and broccoli for the athletic crowd.

“The food business suits me,” the businesswoman said. “We will see how this turns out after covid, but I own a building, I have a business and I am going to do something with it.”

Greenbaum’s staff cooks the meals and heat-seals them in recyclable trays designed

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Casper City Council forms group to create massage therapist licensing ordinance

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Casper City Council members want to hear from massage therapists on how to license the profession.



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They’ve decided to create a group, chaired by Councilman Steve Cathey, Ward III, to determine what a licensing ordinance should look like. The group will include massage therapists who practice in Casper.

Though the city and state don’t currently license the industry, massage therapists said they want it as it brings legitimacy to the profession and protects the client.

“Say someone comes in after a car accident and their neck is injured, you don’t want to go into someone who is not professional and not licensed and have them manipulate that neck. They could potentially make whatever injury it is worse,” massage therapist Savannah Wilkinson said.

She said a licensing requirement would also recognize the year of schooling she went through

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St. Thomas Names Founding Director for New School of Nursing

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ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The University of St. Thomas’ Morrison Family College of Health took another step toward launching its School of Nursing today when it named Dr. Martha Scheckel as its founding director.

Scheckel, a community and public health nursing expert, is currently dean of the College of Nursing, Health and Human Behavior at Viterbo University in Wisconsin. She officially begins her new role at St. Thomas on Oct. 19.

The School of Nursing will offer a curriculum aimed at showing students how to address health disparities and change the systems that produce them. The school expects to start accepting applications in fall 2021 in advance of its first class in fall 2022.

“Martha was the top candidate after a very thorough search,” said Dr.

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5 Lifestyle Changes Doctors Want You to Make After a Heart Attack

Every 40 seconds, an American has a heart attack, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. While that’s a staggering statistic, about one in four of those happen to people who’ve already experienced a heart attack at least once.



Cardiologists explain how healthy new habits—strength training, meditating, and eating more veggies, nuts, and fish—can be literal lifesavers.


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Cardiologists explain how healthy new habits—strength training, meditating, and eating more veggies, nuts, and fish—can be literal lifesavers.

The cause of reoccurrence is multi-pronged. For starters, people likely still have the same lifestyle habits and health biomarkers (like high blood pressure and abdominal obesity) that contributed to their first heart attack. And of course, their genetics haven’t changed.

Thankfully, there’s a lot heart-attack survivors can do to stop another one from happening. We spoke with three cardiologists about the evidence-backed steps that you can take right now to help you stay healthy—and potentially prevent more problems down the road. Work closely with your

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