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Senator Merkley visits Laurelhurst Village and other Oregon nursing homes in lead up to potential Medicaid cuts

Senator Merkley with Administrative Staff

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley last week toured urban and rural nursing homes, hearing first-hand from administrators, nurses and residents about the critical need to preserve the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans’ “Secret 13” are writing a bill behind closed doors that will likely kick more than 20 million Americans off their health care, while dramatically raising costs for millions more. At Laurelhurst Village in Portland, many of their long-term care and assisted living residents are able to be at the facility because of the Oregon Health Plan. Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants said that if that … Continue reading

Healthcare News Round-Up Vol. 6

  These are the healthcare news headlines that grabbed our attention. There is a lot going on in the post-acute industry. We’d love to hear your opinion about these stories in the comments. Congress Considering Trimming Some Medicare Costs National Journal reports that Congress “is getting serious about changes to Medicare,” specifically Medicare extenders. The Journal describes extenders as “tacked-on money that Congress has to approve annually to fund the program’s coverage for beneficiaries with chronic and debilitating conditions.” The article describes several proposed funding changes to extenders under consideration by either the Senate Finance Committee or the Medicare Payment … Continue reading

Healthcare News Round-Up Vol. 5

Here is the weekly round-up of healthcare news headlines. Do any of these topics resonate with you? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments. CMS Issues New Requirements For States Hoping For Medicaid Funds Provider Magazine reported that the Obama Administration announced that a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule will require states to develop “person-centered care plans” to receive access to Medicaid funds for home- and community-based services in an effort to “address health and long-term services and support needs in a manner that reflects individual preferences and goals.” According to a fact sheet issued … Continue reading

Healthcare News Round-Up Vol. 4

Here is your weekly dose of important senior health news headlines Click the headline to read the full story. ______________________________________________________________ Low Testosterone, Depression May Make It Easier For Elderly Men To Fall Provider Magazine reports that according to a team of Japanese researchers, “low testosterone and depression each may make it easier for elderly men to fall.” Noriaki Kurita of Kyoto University wrote, “We believe that our findings here will influence the activities of physicians and health policymakers for several reasons.” _______________________________________________________________ More Senior Caregivers Helping Other Seniors The AP reports that “as demand for senior services provided by nurses’ … Continue reading