Senate Bill Would Change Rule for Seniors’ Inpatient Status

Patients are often taken to a hospital and placed in “observation” status. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “observation services are short-term treatments and assessments provided to outpatients to determine whether beneficiaries require further treatment ...

 
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Actor Seth Rogen Advocates for Alzheimer’s at Senate Hearing

It’s not unusual for Hollywood celebrities to do special appearances or charity events to raise money for major diseases or natural disasters. But to see comedic actor Seth Rogen testifying about Alzheimer’s disease before a Senate committee was ...

 
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Check Out Your Doctor’s Rating on Medicare Search Tool

As consumers become more savvy about researching and comparing products or services when online, they are now applying those practices to selecting and evaluating a physician. While “Physician Compare,” a tool on the Medicare.gov website has been available since 2010, ...

 
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Senator Introduces Reauthorization of Older Americans Act

The Assisted Living Federation of America recently reported that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that would both reauthorize and improve the Older Americans Act. Originally enacted in 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) provided federal funding to create an ...

 
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Good News for Medicare

When it comes to government and health care, it’s easy to focus on all the things that have gone wrong. But for those who haven’t reached Medicare age yet, as well as those currently relying on it for ...

 
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The Insider’s Guide to Assisted Living Regulations

Every March, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) updates a document called the Assisted Living State Regulatory Review. If there have been any changes to a state’s assisted living regulations, they are recorded in this document. The 2013 edition ...

 
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Seniors, Immigration Reform and How They’re Connected

A new article from the Money section of US News & World Report holds the answer, and as with many issues related to seniors and long-term care, it’s a complicated one. In a nutshell, as Congress faces decisions about ...

 
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Obama Appoints New Members to Long-Term Care Commission

Last week, guest blogger Martha Stettinius shared her opinion about the Long-Term Care Commission, a new bipartisan advisory group tasked with figuring out “how our nation can provide more affordable and accessible long-term care.” (Read the post here.)

This week, ...

 
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High Hopes for the Long-Term Care Commission

Today's guest post is from Martha Stettinius, the author of the book "Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir." Learn more about Martha below the post.

Congress has formed a new bipartisan Long-Term Care Commission to figure out how our ...

 
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Does the US Have an Extreme Solution for Senior Housing?

Imagine if the popular show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition renovated senior housing communities, giving them a new look and, more importantly, a financial boost? Actually, the long-term care system itself is in need of a makeover, as this recent post ...

 
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