Florida nursing homes fare well in federal report, but glaring discrepancies…

first_img TAGSCOVID-19DataMedicaidMedicareNursing HomesThe Center Square Previous article6 Reasons to Pick Up Some PistachiosNext articleProtests and a pandemic: Facial recognition gets another close-up Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Environmental Services member Maggie Masstrapa cleans behind an infection control warning poster at the Palm Garden of Tampa Health and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Chris O’Meara / AP CMS, however, acknowledged data, which ran through May 31, are incomplete.On May 1, CMS issued rules for nursing homes to report COVID-19 cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new reporting requirements excluded assisted living facilities.CMS gave nursing homes a two-week grace period. Only 8,332 of 15,412 nursing homes – 54.1 percent – reported data the first two weeks of May, while 13,600 – or 88 percent – did so the last two weeks of May.Although one-in-seven nursing homes in Florida failed to submit data in the first two weeks of May, the overall response among state nursing homes has been better than most states, with 535 of 698 Florida nursing homes – or 76.6 percent – complying.“We’re going to continue to work on scrubbing the data,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said during a Thursday teleconference. “We may find issues as we go on, but we wanted to be as transparent as we can be with the American people.”According to CMS’ state survey data, nursing homes reported more than 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and almost 32,000 deaths in May.Despite having the nation’s oldest population demographically and the third-highest number of nursing home residents, Florida is not within the 10 highest states for COVID-19 deaths and cases among nursing home residents and staff.According to the survey, nursing homes nationwide reported an average of 62 cases per 1,000 nursing home residents. Florida’s tally was 39.8.Nursing homes nationwide reported an average of 27.5 COVID-19 deaths per 1,000 nursing home residents, according to CMS. Florida’s ratio was 17.9.The survey indicated nursing homes nationwide reported an average of 39.5 cases among staff per 1,000 nursing home residents. Florida nursing homes reported 27.5. Nursing homes nationwide reported an average of 0.9 COVID-19 staff deaths per 1,000 nursing home residents. Florida’s tally was 0.2.The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) hailed the CMS report.“These new numbers show what an incredible job our dedicated health care workers are doing at long-term care centers across Florida, despite overwhelming odds,” FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed said in a statement. “There is no question that nursing home residents are at the highest risk for the challenges presented by COVID-19, and long-term care centers are dealing with unprecedented challenges faced nowhere else.”The Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times and other newspapers statewide, however, report glaring discrepancies in the data, which do provide state-by-state breakouts but allows users on the site to see what individual nursing homes report.For instance, Fair Havens Center in Miami Springs, which has reported the most COVID-19-related deaths of any state nursing home, 33, is among 97 Florida nursing homes that didn’t submit data for the CMS report.Meanwhile, Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Venice listed 103 COVID-19 deaths in the CMS report, but show none on the Florida Department of Health’s report dedicated to nursing homes.In addition, nearly one-in-five Florida nursing homes indicated they don’t have one-week supplies of protective gowns or N95 masks. Roughly 10 don’t have a one-week supply of eye protection and about 5 percent don’t have a one-week supply of gloves or hand sanitizer.Some Florida nursing homes said they don’t have any gowns or N95 masks despite a state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) mandate that requires nursing homes file a daily report listing shortages for the state’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM) to fill. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By John Haughey | The Center SquareThe U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted its first set of COVID-19 data collected from nursing homes nationwide, and it indicates Florida is below the national average in the per-capita number of nursing home cases and deaths among residents and staff. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Women in leadership positions in credit unions: The barriers we create in our minds

first_imgThink about this … I was planning on putting on a telesummit with 25 other women.  I had hand-selected them, had the email invitation to them, and was excited to be organizing and facilitating it, until those words creeped into my brain – I’m not big enough or famous enough or smart enough. I even threw in tall enough and told my husband I was cancelling it before I even got started.  He asked me why and I gave him my spiel of the “enough” nonsense.  He looked at me and said, very calmly and lovingly, “are you nuts?” He continued with “People want to be around you. They trust you and admire you.  They respect who you are and how you are in it for them. Don’t let them down.”  What do you say to that?  I said I would give it until 6:00 and if I have any second thoughts, I’m cancelling it.  So, at 1 minute to 6, I hit send on 25 emails and turned my computer off, totally.  I couldn’t bear people telling me no and called it a night. Then, 12 hours later, at 6am, I turned my computer on and 24 of the 25 said, “yes, absolutely, thank you for asking me, honored,” and on and on. I looked for the 25th and an hour later it also came in with a big yes. She was in Australia and the time difference was the only reason it was late.  I share this story often because no matter who you are, what you represent or why you do what you do, “enough” will creep in and you have to do everything to chase it away. It’s all about those barriers that we have in our minds, are they real or not?The telesummit was a huge success. The women, the information, the value was such a winning combination. I had created a barrier that could have cancelled everything great and left me with the “oh woe is me syndrome.”  You see I had created barriers that were bigger than my goals and already had the scenario playing out of what would happen if I had decided to go through with this crazy plan. I decided that the only way I was going to use the word “enough” was to convince myself that enough was clearly enough. All the results I knew in my mind that were going to happen, didn’t and that is usually what happens. We are so sure that whatever we want to do won’t happen in a positive way that we can visualize failure and smell it before it even has a moment to be created. Why do we do that?There are several things that cause us to lose our confidence and feel like the barriers are closing in.  Here are just a few: Age – Many times we let our age define us. Whether we are too young or too old. Sometimes we tell ourselves that and sometimes others tell us what we should and shouldn’t do.  If you want to break down some of those barriers, don’t listen to them.What other people think – No matter what we tell ourselves, we still compare ourselves to others. That is really a waste of time and energy. Why compare yourself to those on social media since they are showing only what they want you to see? Where is that being authentic? Feel good about what you are doing, what you have already done and what you are planning to do. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.Toxic people – Who are you surrounding yourself with? Are they people that you trust and admire? Will they support you to reach your goals? Or…are they energy vampires? I make it a point to release all toxic people from my life. I don’t lose them because they can be found.  I release them so they don’t return. Fear – As I mentioned, we have great imaginations and we tend to create an entire volume of stories that can happen to us. Fortunately they don’t.  Fear is a choice. I encourage my clients to step into the unknown and I always ask, “What’s the worst that can happen?” and follow that up with, “What’s the best that can happen?”Are you living in the past or hoping for the future? We all know that the past is the past and it can’t be changed. However, when you concentrate on the future, you do have the ability to make it something that you are excited to reach…but it’s still not here right now. Being in the present and living in the present lets others know that you are ready for the opportunities that are in front of you and that you are taking the present for what it is…a gift.Do you see yourself creating barriers from any of the reasons I mentioned?  Time to talk it out with a coach or mentor or someone you trust and flip your mindset to the positive side, so those barriers are taken down, not built up. The truth is, most people are not willing to disregard some of the feelings they have and do what needs to be done to eliminate the barriers. It’s time to understand that when you break through the barriers once, you will realize it was never as bad as you thought it would be.  When your “Why” is strong enough, you will be willing to do the “How” …Think of it this way … Start small – we have to practice to get it right. If you’re in sports or play an instrument or anything that you want to become the expert in, you have to practice. You start small and work your way up. The more often you face that barrier and confront it, the more successful you will be and the next time it shows up, you’ll be able to walk right through it. Then … Trust yourself – What will it take for you to stop worrying about what others think or what their opinion of you is? When you start to trust yourself, your potential is unlimited. No matter how successful we are, we still second guess ourselves. When I was at a conference, a Queen was in the audience and she told me that every time she has to make a decision that will affect someone’s life, she second guesses herself, so consider yourself in great company. Take time to learn the lessons that life throws your way. These lessons will be critical to your success as you make progress along your journey toward your goals.Arthur C. Clarke said, “The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: www.sellinginaskirt.com Detailslast_img read more