Thanks to a recent federal court order, access to vital Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits have continued uninterrupted for hundreds of poor seniors and people with disabilities in Oregon.
The eventual outcome of the Oregon debate could have a reverberating effect, influencing retirement fund-related policymaking in other states.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has recognized Central Oregon Council On Aging's (COCOA) "Teen Elder Computer Help" (TECH) Program with its Aging Innovations Award. The Innovations Award is the highest annual honor presented by n4a.
To date, more than 300 area businesses have chosen to participate and have passed the program's rigorous standards. In addition, the program has been replicated by aging-related services agencies in 12 other states.
Portland, OR-based SweetSpot Diabetes Care Inc. has just received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to begin marketing its SweetSpot Diabetes Data Management Service, a newly developed technology which helps health care providers a
Breaking a hip is never a good thing, but if you're a woman age 65-69, it can be downright fatal.
Oregon's Washington County Disability, Aging and Veterans' Services (DAVS) has been recognized for its REACH (Ready to Extend a Caring Hand), program -- an innovative response to the problem of reaching isolated seniors in the area it serves.
One of the beneficial compounds found in green tea has a powerful ability to increase the number of "regulatory T cells" that play a key role in immune function and suppression of autoimmune disease.
An Oregon-based mobile x-ray service has agreed to pay the federal government nearly $1 million as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to resolve allegations that it submitted claims for payment to the Medicare program for services provided by x-ray technicians who did not meet education or licensing qualifications required by Medicare.
The M. B. & Edna Zale Foundation (formerly The Zale Foundation) honors the tradition of its founders through grants that stimulate change. To accomplish this mission, the foundation acts as a catalyst for collaboration and makes grants in communities where the directors live or have an interest.
A new study suggests that it may not help older men and women with sexual problems to talk to a doctor, but men who talk to their partner report greater happiness -- and those who talked with friends felt less depressed.
The Portland, OR-based nonprofit Elders In Action (EIA) operates an Elder Friendly Business Certification Program which helps address the consumer needs of seniors and also provides a unique source of revenue for the organization. In essence, the certification program provides Portland area businesses with a way of letting older customers -- especially the elderly -- know that they engage in "seniors-friendly" business practices, addressing such issues as enhanced customer service and physical accessibility.
This year's top five winners of The Purpose Prize, a $100,000 award for social innovators in their encore careers, are using a new stage of life to do extraordinary things to improve life for millions of people worldwide.
Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), co-chairman of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease and senior member of the Energy & Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over health care policy, and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee which has jurisdiction over healthcare policy, today reintroduced the proposed Independence at Home Act, HR 2560.
Older adults who worry about their health engage in less physical activity, and those who participate in less activity are more likely to report having difficulty walking, according to a new study.
Family is cherished and when it comes to protecting them -- let's face it, we'll pull out all the stops. Unless, of course, they're at risk of unknown danger right in their own homes, like 47% of U.S. adults may be by not being able to name even one ingredient in the cleaners they're using throughout their homes or the nearly one in five parents (18%) who do not take steps to safeguard their families from toxic ingredients in some household cleaners.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has chosen Dr. Jon Hendricks of Oregon State University as the 2008 recipient of its Robert W. Kleemeier Award. This distinction is given annually to a GSA member in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology. The award will be given at GSA’s 61st-annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from Nov. 21-25 in National Harbor, MD.
(Deadline: Dec. 16) The Ellison Medical Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) invite proposals for the Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research program from outstanding mid-career scientists who propose novel directions of high importance to biological gerontology.
Experion Systems says its online PlanPrescriber tool offers Medicare beneficiaries an easier way to evaluate their health insurance options than the government's Medicare.gov site.
The grants for aging projects focus on in-home services, community engagement by the elderly and end-of-life/palliative care. In the third quarter, the foundation made a grant of $500,000 to the Central Wyoming Hospice Fund in Casper, $40,000 to the Denver Assn. of Senior Citizens and $79,000 to the Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate the Mullen Home for the elderly in Denver.
Seven states will receive a share of more than $8 million in federal grants to increase awareness of home- and community-based long-term care options for people leaving hospitals who otherwise may enter a traditional nursing home, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services say.
New research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that "high-risk" patients with multiple medical conditions, including high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, can safely undergo carotid endarterectomy -- a stroke-preventing surgical procedure that clears blockages from the neck's carotid arteries.
New research indicates that giving patients a continuous low dose of an immune system booster, a method known as metronomic dosing, as part of a therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine strategy is safe and produces similar immune responses and fewer side effects than the more common dosing method, which is not well tolerated by many patients.
Throughout most of the country, it's another hot summer and many older people are trying to figure out how to pay for air conditioning, as well as food and medicine. And when the seasons change, millions of these same seniors will probably need help staying warm, with home heating oil costs expected to reach record highs.
The Family Caregiver Alliance is now accepting applications for the inaugural Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards. The deadline for applications is Aug. 15.
For more than 50 million family caregivers across the country, the Internet is becoming a first-line resource for needed support. This week during its annual meeting, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) will unveil an online navigational tool designed to simplify the search for senior housing for seniors and caregivers, no matter where they live. Powered by SNAPforSeniors, the n4a Senior Housing Locator makes objective, nationwide information available 24-hours a day, seven days a week through the convenience of the Internet.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) says it paid more than $36 million in bonus payments to many of the more than 56,700 health professionals who satisfactorily reported quality information to Medicare under the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).
From 2000 through 2006, Medicare spending for imaging services paid for under the physician fee schedule more than doubled -- increasing to about $14 billion, a Government Accountability Office investigation has found. Spending on advanced imaging, such as CT scans, MRIs, and nuclear medicine, rose substantially faster than other imaging services such as ultrasound, X-ray, and other standard imaging, the GAO says in a just-released report.
The long-term care for the elderly crisis is soluble and the political stars may be aligned to accomplish it in the next Congress in the context of comprehensive healthcare reform. That was the consensus view at a July 11 Brookings Institution forum in Washington.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule that will update calendar year 2009 payment rates for hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers. CMS says the proposed rule is aimed at building on efforts across Medicare to transform the program into a prudent purchaser of healthcare services, paying based on quality of care, not just quantity of services.
The exceptions to outpatient therapy caps expired on June 30, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Outpatient therapy service providers should not submit claims with the KX modifier for services furnished on or after July 1.
Scientists have long questioned whether the abundant amounts of amyloid plaques found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's actually caused the neurological disease or were a by-product of its progress. Now, using new research techniques, scientists have shown that a two-molecule aggregate (or dimer) of beta-amyloid protein fragments may play a role in initiating the disease.
Under this competition, the Administration on Aging plans to further expand and integrate the Senior Medicare Patrol fraud awareness message throughout rural areas through collaborative efforts led by the state aging organization.
Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) on Thursday condemned a Senate vote blocking debate on the proposed the Medicare Improvements for Patients & Providers Act of 2008.
CMS discovered an error in the calculation of the out-migration adjustment and corrected Table 4J accordingly. As a result of these corrections, some providers no longer qualify for an out-migration adjustment for the FY 2009 proposed wage index.
Special agents with the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation have arrested the operator of Wescove Home Health Services at her home in Covina, CA, on healthcare fraud and money laundering charges stemming from her participation in a scheme that defrauded Medicare out of more than $12 million.
The Senate on a 48-45 vote approves a $3.1 trillion FY 2009 budget resolution, which includes significant spending hikes for domestic programs and ignores the Bush administration's proposed funding reductions for Medicare and Medicaid.
The Banfield Charitable Trust is accepting grant applications for the second cycle of 2008 grants until June 30. Organizations focused on strengthening the pet-human bond, by creating healthier lives for pets and families through education and community outreach, are encouraged to apply.
The Washington, DC-based National Senior Citizen Law Center has produced an eight-page white paper, titled "The Administration on Aging's Nursing Home Diversion Program" which provides an excellent description of the program and its history.
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Heightened scrutiny and transparency requirements from the IRS and state agencies have raised the stakes for not-for-profit organizations when it comes to board member selection. A growing number of organizations are undertaking due diligence in assessing candidates for board memberships.
The National Council on Aging is urging members of Congress to fund the recently enacted "Safety of Seniors Act" (Public Law 110-202), a critical opportunity to decrease falling among older people, which causes nearly two million injuries and 16,000 deaths every year.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says a bipartisan agreement on a Medicare bill is unlikely before the upcoming Memorial Day break. And among the reasons for the lack of a consensus is a sharp difference of opinion between Republicans and Demo
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is launching the first national print advertising campaign focusing on the quality of care available in the nation's hospitals.
CMS proposes revisions to the Medicare Advantage program and prescription drug benefit) that could impact the way so-called "dual eligible" beneficiaries obtain services.
As Illinois Democrat Sen. Barack Obama closes in on his party's presidential nomination, he and his opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), continue to present their respective plans for fixing the nation's ailing healthcare system at forums throughout the country.
The Social Security Administration intends to add a new calculator to its online Benefit Calculators suite. The Retirement Estimator will allow authenticated individuals to calculate estimates of potential retirement benefits in real-time.
Because the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 gives states the option of providing home- and community-based healthcare services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a rule that would offer guidance to states on how to implement this provision.
CMS' proposal to provide "enhanced protections" for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage health plans and Medicare prescription drug plans is drawing fire from consumer advocates who say the agency's actions don't go far enough.
The Senate's preoccupation with a supplemental spending bill to continue funding U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan could delay action on legislation that would delay a 10.6% Medicare physician fee cut.
If you or someone you know opted to take Social Security benefits before reaching full retirement age and now regret having done so, there may be an answer.
A new analysis of potential Medicare cuts expected in a forthcoming CMS rule highlights a direct threat to the care of America's frail, elderly and disabled, as well as a neagtive impact on local, state and national economies.
HUD is making grant funding available for its Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2008. The award ceiling is $431.706 million.
The Foundation prefers to fund projects that develop new and innovative approaches to community problems, facilitate the improvement of services or programs, and invest in equipment or facilities that make long-lasting impacts on community needs.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has approved "fast-track" status for legislation that would block for one year seven new regulations the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is trying to implement.
Wider Opportunities for Women, a Washington, DC-based organization working to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, women and girls, is poised to launch the Elder Economic Security Index, a geographically based measure of the income older Americans need to age with dignity.
Medicaid beneficiaries and families searching for top quality long-term care services can find critical new information added today to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' website "Nursing Home Compare."
Health & Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt tells a small business audience if he had the legal authority he would direct changes in the nation's health system that would produce greater transparency about cost and quality of services. The largest impact would be on Medicare recipients, he adds.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes a new rule that would reduce funding for inpatient rehabilitation facilities by about $20 million in FY 2009.
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The IRS will accept applications for a part-year Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grant from qualified organizations that will provide services to qualified taxpayers in the following areas: Los Angeles; Central Oregon; Boise, ID; Minneapolis; Reno and Las Vegas, NV; St. Louis; Brownsville and Laredo, TX; Southwest Florida; New Mexico; Colorado; Mississippi; and Northeast Pennsylvania.
Dorothy Rovin, 92, has been a bowler longer than most people have been alive. Today, she has moved her game off the hardwood lanes and into the digital world, thanks to her involvement in the new Wii Bowling League at the Lafayette-Redeemer, Holy Redeemer Health System's independent, assisted-living and long-term care facility.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging's March 5 hearing served as venue for the release of a startling new study from the Meals On Wheels Association of America Foundation's -- "The Causes, Consequences and Future of Senior Hunger in America."
Growth in healthcare spending in the United States is projected to be 6.7% in 2007, according to a just-released report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Average annual growth is expected to remain near that rate through 2017.
"It shook me to the core when a stroke left my mom so helpless and vulnerable," reveals Louise Lewis, author of No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You! "She was never sick a day in her life. But now she needed me, and the roles were reversed. The reality of the natural progression of life set in."
HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt is urging community leaders across the country to apply for a new demonstration project that provides Medicare incentive payments to physicians for the use of certified electronic health records to improve patient care.
A new MetLife study finds that 40-65-year-olds with non-traditional families face more challenges with regard to saving and investing and are less likely than others to have a distinct retirement vision.
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) isn't particularly happy with proposed legislation recently introduced by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI).
The Bush administration has unveiled a legislative proposal calling for higher Medicare prescription drug benefit premiums for higher-income beneficiaries. The proposal also would cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and compel healthcare providers to adopt the use of e-health records.
Five million dolalrs is available for one three-year cooperative agreement to be made with a national nonprofit to provide financial and technical resources to local organizations to help them identify, place and support volunteers engaged in addressing critical community needs.
Before he received a transplanted lung at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2000, actor Wayne Tippit, 75, worked hard to keep his pulmonary condition a secret.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "9th Statement of Work for Medicare's 53 Quality Improvement Organizations focuses on improving the quality and safety of services for beneficiaries.
CMS seeks nominations for membership on the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC), and requests nominations for both voting and nonvoting members.
In 1999, approximately 28% of all Medicare spending was used to provide care for beneficiaries in the last year of their lives, finds a new report released by the Government Accountability Office.
Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, has found that 75% of Medicare drug plans continue to hike the cost of prescriptions for seniors.
CMS is tagging 70 new areas across the nation to become part of the second phase of a competitive bidding program aimed at helping reduce Medicare beneficiaries' out-of-pocket costs and improve their access to high-quality durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies.
Four cardiac surgeons have agreed to pay the United States $2.5 million to settle claims that their practice submitted false claims to federally-funded health programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
The Reynolds Foundation expects to commit up to a total of $20 million under this call for proposals. Up to 10 grants will be awarded, each totaling up to $2 million over four years, with a limit of $500,000 in each grant year.
This new website trains grandparents and other relative caregivers how to teach the young people in their lives about money and handling finances.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is making available a new health literacy tool for people who serve older adults. The Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults is designed to provide useful strategies and suggestions to professionals who work with older adults to help bridge the communication gap between professionals and older adults.