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Ari Houser

Ari Houser, MA, is a senior methods advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. His areas of expertise include research methods and statistics, long-term services and supports, demographics, and family caregiving. Read his full biography.
The message from recent data is clear: nursing home residents and staff need booster shots now.
There is both an opportunity and an imperative to redesign the next Scorecard. This tool has the potential to draw further attention to critical issues in LTSS exposed by the COVID-19 crisis and help states build and maintain momentum in their efforts to modernize their LTSS systems.
As facilities use the lessons learned to put in place policies and programs to continue delivering COVID-19 vaccines, they also should evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their influenza and pneumococcal immunization programs.
In the four weeks from October 19 to November 15, the number of deaths increased by two-thirds, and the number of new cases doubled compared to the previous four weeks.
To support states both in dealing with the crisis in nursing homes and shaping the future of LTSS, the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) has created and released three tools this fall: the Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard, the LTSS State Scorecard, and the LTSS Choices series.
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