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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

Health and Care News Brief for Older Adults Vol. 3

If you’re an older adult looking for the latest news about issues that directly affect you, these are the stories to pay attention to. Here are this week’s leading headlines in senior health news for December 23-27, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story.   CMS: Medicare Coverage Not Based On Potential For Improvement McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported that, following the Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued a warning that skilled nursing facilities caring for patients whose documents indicate “an improvement goal” can no longer claim a specific therapy was … Continue reading

Health and Care News Brief for Older Adults Vol. 2

  If you’re an older adult looking for the latest news about issues that directly affect you, these are the stories to pay attention to. Here are this week’s leading headlines in senior health news for December 16-20, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story. Senate Revises Medicare Part B Therapy Reimbursements McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported the Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill to replace the Medicare Part B therapy reimbursements limit with a “prior authorization medical review” outpatient therapy payment system in 2015. Many long-term care providers criticize the current system for mandating that Medicare contractors … Continue reading