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Blog entries by Susan Reinhard

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Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a senior vice president at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for AARP’s public policy research and analysis. She also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a resource center to ensure the nation has the nurses it needs.
best practices blog

Best Practices for Ongoing COVID-19 Vaccinations in Nursing Facilities

By: Susan ReinhardJames McSpadden, June 08, 2021

Vaccines are saving the lives of nursing facility residents and staff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nursing Home Dashboard showed that the widespread administration of COVID-19 vaccines among nursing facility residents and staff has resulted in a...

Protect family caregiver blog

Some State and Local Laws Protect Family Caregivers at Work, More Are Needed

One day, with no warning and no prior history of discipline, Theatrice Ann Coats was fired from her job, allegedly for eating food at her desk. But the real reason may have been something that happened weeks earlier. When...

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Moving on From COVID-19 in Long-Term Care

By: Susan Reinhard, June 02, 2021

COVID-19 spoke to us about an issue long overdue for attention, and it is now time to heed its message. That issue is long-term care. To be sure, the pandemic has changed the way we think of long-term care,...

state opportunity blog

States Have Immediate Opportunities for New Federal Funding Of Home and Community-Based Services

By: Brian BurwellSusan Reinhard, May 27, 2021

As AARP’s Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard makes clear, states are offering consumers more choices for long-term services and supports (LTSS), but we still have far to go to balance institutional care and home and community-based services (HCBS). ...

Presumptive eligibility blog

Helping People Live at Home: Presuming Eligibility for Medicaid

By: Susan ReinhardBea Rector, May 04, 2021

If there is one thing that our COVID-19 pandemic experience has taught us, it is that we should do all we can to avoid unwanted admissions to nursing facilities. It is true that some people want to go to...

NH Vax blog

Nursing Home Vaccinations Got Off to a Good Start, but the Next Phase Demands Attention

By: Susan ReinhardJames McSpadden, April 19, 2021

COVID-19 has left an indelible mark on nursing home staff, residents, and their families. As of April 12, over a year after officials declared a public health emergency, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have reported more than 1.4...

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Three Tools to Address Today's Crisis in Nursing Homes and Shape the Future of Long-Term Services and Supports

By: Susan ReinhardAri Houser, December 16, 2020

The news is shocking but not surprising. Nursing home resident deaths and infections among both residents and staff are skyrocketing to record highs in most of the country, and to national levels not seen since...

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Time to Get Ready: 2020 Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard

By: Jean AcciusSusan Reinhard, February 05, 2019

This blog is part of a series of posts being produced periodically in advance of the 2020 release of the next Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard. All Americans deserve a high-performing system of long-term services and supports (LTSS) for...