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Feds unveil plan to ‘reduce suffering’ for nursing home residents and staff

An independent commission set up by the Trump administration has unveiled a host of recommendations it says could help nursing homes “reduce the suffering and to save the lives of residents and staff” as they continue to wage a deadly battle against the coronavirus, though some critics say the commission didn’t go far enough to help America’s most vulnerable because it does not address enforcement of federal quality of care standards.



a person sitting at a table in front of a curtain: Certified Nursing Assistant Rachael Moreau helps Katherine Lapre at Brandon Woods nursing home in South Dartmouth, Mass., June 14, 2019.


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Certified Nursing Assistant Rachael Moreau helps Katherine Lapre at Brandon Woods nursing home in South Dartmouth, Mass., June 14, 2019.

In April, as the coronavirus pandemic swept through nursing homes across the country, Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, announced the commission would be tasked with enhancing strategies for infection control and prevention and strengthen protocols to identify COVID-19 in facilities and mitigate its spread. The

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At JPMorgan, Productivity Falls for Staff Working at Home

(Bloomberg) — A troubling pattern emerged as most of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s employees worked from home to stem the spread of Covid-19: productivity slipped.



a building with a metal tower and blue umbrella: Scaffolding covers a construction site for JP Morgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York, U.S., on Monday, June 8, 2020. Completion is still years away, but the ramping up of construction on high-rise office towers like JPMorgan's — which will be one of the largest in Manhattan, rise some 70 floors and be capable of housing roughly 15,000 employees — comes at what suddenly feels like an odd time.


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Scaffolding covers a construction site for JP Morgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York, U.S., on Monday, June 8, 2020. Completion is still years away, but the ramping up of construction on high-rise office towers like JPMorgan’s — which will be one of the largest in Manhattan, rise some 70 floors and be capable of housing roughly 15,000 employees — comes at what suddenly feels like an odd time.

Work output was particularly affected on Mondays and Fridays, according to findings discussed by Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon in a private meeting with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analysts. That, along with worries that remote work is no substitute for organic interaction, is part of why the biggest U.S. bank is urging more

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Ex Waltham Nursing Home Staff Accused Of Stealing From Resident

WALTHAM, MA —A former Waltham nursing home administrator was indicted in connection with accusations that she tried to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly resident, and used the money for repairs to her home, restaurants and vacations, Attorney General Maura Healey said Monday.

Christina Polcari, 54, of Belmont a former admissions director at the Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham, was indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury for one count of larceny over $1,200, five counts of forgery and one count of embezzlement by fiduciary, according to Healey’s office.

Between August 2018 until May 2019 misappropriated more than $230,000 of a nursing home resident’s funds and spent the money on personal expenses such as repairs to her home, restaurants, cash withdrawals, and vacations for her and her family, Healey said.

Investigators accuse Polcari of using the resident’s forged signature for promissory notes, letters, and checks in

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