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UCLA Geriatrics Wins $13.6 Million for Dementia Care Research

The UCLA Division of Geriatrics has received a five-year, $13.6 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare care delivered through a health system with care that occurs in a community-based setting.

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Mizuho Favors Housing, Underserved

This private foundation is particularly interested in capacity-building efforts to improve the ability of organizations to provide needed services, such as education and workforce training.

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$8 Million Awarded to Promote Advance Care Planning

University of California medical centers -- UCLA Health, UCSF Health, and UC Irvine Health -- have been awarded a five-year, $8 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to develop more effective approaches in advance care planning for seriously ill patients in primary care clinics.

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Calif. Insurance Commissioner Issues Cease and Desist Order

If you’re a California resident and a customer of Access Insurance Company, you may want to give serious consideration to finding another insurance company with which to do business.

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Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers in No. Cal.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation f...

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Calif. Assisted Living Group Starts Fund to Aid Fire Victims

The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) has created a fund to support associates who have been impacted by the California wildfires. Many companies have systems in place to support their employees in need, but often the needs are overwhelming. CALA is aware of multiple associates who have...

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California Legislation Could Hike Rx Drug Prices

Legislation in California threatens to raise prescription drug costs by imposing unnecessary mandates on pharmacy benefit managers, writes Dr. Edmund Pezalla, a scholar-in-residence at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.

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Walmart Pays $1.65 Million to Resolve False Claims Charges

Walmart Stores Inc. has paid $1.65 million to resolve allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act when it knowingly submitted claims for reimbursement to California’s Medi‑Cal program that were not supported by applicable diagnosis and documentation requirements.

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Class-Action OK’d for Bay Area People Denied SS Benefits

A federal judge in San Francisco has authorized people who were denied disability benefits to bring a class action against the Social Security Administration for its use of reports by a disqualified doctor. Dr. Frank Chen was disqualified from continuing to perform examinations of applicants for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on numerous complaints including hasty and superficial examinations, reports of tests not actually performed, dismissive comments when people tried to explain their symptoms, and inconsistencies of his reports with other medical records.

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Calif. Law Cracks Down on Assisted Living Facility Licensing

The new law requires applicants who are seeking a license to run such a facility to submit information on ownership and prior ownership of any type of facility, in any state, including a history of compliance with applicable laws. It also requires the state’s Department of Social Services to crosscheck applicant information with the California Department of Public Health and allows DSS to deny or revoke a license for failure to disclose the required information.

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Group Rails Against CA Public Health Dept. for ‘Ignoring Abuses’

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), one the state’s squeakiest wheels when it comes to sounding off about nursing home abuses, is accusing the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) of taking a “see no evil, hear no evil” approach in monitoring conditions in state’s more than 1,100 nursing facilities.

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‘Linkage Lab’ to Help Community-Based Organizations

The SCAN Foundation has launched the Linkage Lab Initiative to help community-based organizations that are seeking partnerships with the health care sector.

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Free Program Designed to Help Low Vision People

The Low Vision Focus program is a series of 10 free audio lesson topics designed to help those living with low vision maintain their independence by sharing practical ways to address daily living skills.

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Eisner Foundation Prioritizes Intergenerational Grantmaking

The Eisner Foundation unveils plans to dedicate its competitive grantmaking in Los Angeles exclusively to charitable programs that connect multiple generations to overcome society’s most persistent challenges of inequality, lack of access, and injustice.

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California Chamber, Assemblyman at Odds over Rx Drug Copayments

The California Chamber of Commerce and state Assemblyman Richard Gordon (D) are at loggerheads over proposed legislation that would place strict caps on copayments for expensive, life-saving prescription medicines.

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Court Nixes Mind-Altering Drugs for Nursing Home Patients

In Northern California, the Alameda County Superior Court has ruled nursing homes that give mind-altering drugs and withdraw life-sustaining treatment to “unrepresented” residents are violating the state constitution and must stop immediately.

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Searchable Online Map of Palliative Care in California

According to Generations Beat Online editor Paul Kleyman, the online tool shows clear disparities in service and resource distribution county-to-county. It’s tool that “should be replicated nationally,” says Kleyman.

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Financial Incentives Improve Preventive Care Rates

A new study by researchers at the U. of California-Los Angeles evaluates programs designed to help underserved older populations access preventive care.

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California Releases Draft of HCBS Transition Plan

Under new federal regulations ensuring that Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided in environments that are non-institutional in nature, each state must develop a transition plan that sets forth how the state and its Medicaid service providers will come into compliance with the new requirements.

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Acquisition Brings Big Changes for SNF, Assisted Living Residence

Simultaneous with the Doctors Medical Center’s acquisition of Emanuel Medical Center, Covenant Village of Turlock, CA assumes management of Brandel Manor, a skilled nursing center, and Cypress of Emanuel, an assisted living residence.

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Once Floundering Senior Living Community Sees Huge Turnaround

It’s no secret the goal of every senior living community provider is to have 100% occupancy of its residences. And, with the guidance of Greystone, an Irving, TX-based senior living professional services consultancy, Moldaw Family Residences in Palo Alto, CA can now boast a full house.

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Biosensor Receives FDA Clearance; Platform Offers More

The device is capable of capturing clinical-grade biometric measurements and is the first FDA-cleared medical device that includes a fall detection feature.

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SoCal Healthcare Providers Call for More Compassionate End-of-Life Care

These events are important in that California, the nation's most populated state, is considered a bellwether state by many policy analysts, and what happens there could easily be repeated in other states.

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Bill would Reform Medi-Cal Recovery, Help Low Income Seniors

While the revenues generated by Medi-Cal Recovery purportedly help fund health care benefits for additional beneficiaries, the reality is that California’s recovery program contributes to creating a new generation of beneficiaries by forcing them to sell the family home or make monthly payments while charging usurious interest rates.

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Dual Eligible Demo Project Delayed in Some CA Counties

The Cal MediConnect program, California’s dual eligible demonstration project, launched this month in five counties, but several others will start their participation as late as January 2015.

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Elder Care Alliance Implements ‘I’m Still Here’ Approach

A pioneering engagement-focused memory care philosophy for people living with dementia is transforming and enriching lives in several California senior living communities, as Elder Care Alliance (ECA) announces its partnership with the Hearthstone Institute to implement the I’m Still Here (ISH) approach in all its communities: San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael, and Camarillo -- the first (and only at this time) communities to have it available on the West Coast

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Memory Care Support Neighborhood Taps Innovative Design

Summer House received the honor at the 2014 "Best of 50+ Housing Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in the design, development, lifestyle and marketing of housing for the mature market.

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CCRC’s Expansion Project Based on Residents’ Input

When he helped snip the opening ribbon at the standing-room-only dedication of the LifeCenter, Don Archer, resident of Santa Barbara, CA-based Samarkand, opened the doors on a building designed with resident input from the ground up.

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California Nursing Home Reform Bills to Be Heard

In what could be a harbinger of things to come at the federal level, legislators in California will present their Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act bills at policy hearings of the Senate Human Services and Assembly Human Services Committees on Tuesday, April 8.

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Investigative Reports, Advocates Bring Pressure to Fix Nursing Home Rules

If you want to learn more about how the power of the press works, talk to the news junkies in the Southern California city of San Diego. Indeed, it was aggressive investigative reporting, coupled with advocacy onslaught, that prompted a nationally noteworhy response to a recent scandal at Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley, CA, where 19 elderly residents were abandoned by the care home owner.

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CovenantCare at Home Acquires Hospice of Emanuel

CovenantCare at Home has purchased Hospice of Emanuel from Emanuel Medical Center, located in Turlock, CA. The hospice service has been renamed CovenantCare Hospice, a division of CovenantCare at Home.

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Healthcare Services Provider to Sponsor ‘Reverse-Telethon’ for Seniors

San Diego, CA-based Mission Healthcare, which offers medical and non-medical services in the home, on Dec. 14 will hold a festive “reverse-telethon” to support Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego Inc.

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NICHE Conference to Address Healthcare Outcomes for Seniors

More than 1,000 nurses and healthcare professionals from over 300 U.S. and Canadian hospitals will meet in San Diego, CA for the 2014 Annual NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Conference, April 6-8, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The theme of this year's conference is “Care. Collaborate. Change.”

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Unrepresented Nursing Home Residents

In one of many incidents included in the complaint, a nursing home resident was asked, “Do you want to live or die?” When he didn’t answer, he had his feeding tube withdrawn, was placed in hospice and died.

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Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments Wins Best of Show

Designed by KTGY and developed by Central Valley Coalition for Affordable Housing in Merced, CA, and Adroit Development, Inc. of Westlake Village, CA, Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments is a high quality, urban infill, LEED Platinum 50-unit apartment community, affordable to working seniors age 55 and older, who earn 30% to 60% of the area median income in Stanislaus County.

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Unique Programming Essential for Those with Early Memory Loss

While there are a number of seniors programs aimed at those suffering from more severe memory loss, there is also a responsibility to meet the differing needs of those with an early diagnosis.

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Nation’s First Resort LGBT Retirement Community Nears Completion

The nation's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) retirement community to offer resort living and continuing care services is nearing completion in Santa Rosa, CA.

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CA Bill Strengthens Financial Elder Abuse Protections

A bill recently signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) -- namely Assembly Bill 381 -- could become model legislation for other states. The California measure allows courts to award attorney’s fees and costs to seniors who have been victimized by someone using a power of attorney in bad faith to commit financial elder abuse.

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From the Files of the U.S. Justice Department

A quick roundup of Justice Department enforcement actions of interest to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

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Consultant Tells How to Fly When You’re Driving Solo

Whether you’re widowed or emerging from a breakup, you have to reevaluate and assess where you are and take steps to move forward.

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Center's Choirs Enriching Lives of Older Latino Population

The Community Music Center of San Francisco is enriching the lives of the area's underserved older Latino population through its two free choirs for older adults.

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Second Amyloid May Play Role in Alzheimer's

A protein secreted with insulin travels through the bloodstream and accumulates in the brains of individuals with type 2 diabetes and dementia, in the same manner as the amyloid beta (Αβ) plaques that are associated with Alzheimer's disease.

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Calif. County Agency Recognized for Lifelong Learning Program

The Claremont Senior Program & Committee on Aging of Claremont, CA, is the latest recipient of the California Park & Recreation Society's Lifelong Learning Program Award. The award recognizes Claremont's "After Work" program.

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Anti-Aging Firm Expands Network with Addition of New Doc

Ageology, an anti-aging medicine company, has added Dr. Judi Goldstone to the firm's network.

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Californians Uniquely View Need for Long-Term Care, Poll Shows

Clearly, a majority of older Californians don't share the views of the Tea Party. Sixty-three percent of older Californians favor a government administered long-term care insurance program like Medicare compared to 51% nationally, and 88% support tax breaks for long-term care savings plans.

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Silicon Valley Boomer Summit Set for June 26

If your work depends on success in the 50+ market, you should think about attending the upcoming Silicon Valley Boomer Summit, June 26 in Santa Clara, CA.

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Success Harvested Via Senior Centers' Gardening Program

The Rancho and Lakeview Senior Centers of Irvine, CA are helping improve seniors' access to healthy and nutritious food options through an award-winning joint effort, the EarthBox Giveaway Program.

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SteelHouse Adds CRM Retargeting to its Integrated Marketing Suite

CRM Retargeting is commonly used to re-engage shoppers who have not made a recent purchase, visited a website, or opened an email from a company in a given period of time.

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It's OK for States to Reduce Medicaid Payments, White House Says

The White House's stated position comes at a time when the administration is continuing its efforts aimed at persuading states to expand Medicaid as part of ObamaCare.

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Center's Writing Class Helps Seniors Preserve Their Histories

The Tulane Senior Center of Tulane, CA, has established a successful nonfiction writing class for seniors wishing to share their life stories with others.

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Senior Center Prioritizes Natural Disaster Preparedness -- California Style

In an effort to better prepare its staff and clientele, the OASIS Senior Center of Newport Beach, CA, regularly participates in statewide earthquake drills. The center uses the opportunity to practice proper evacuation procedures.

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Community Garden Project Brings Generations Together

The Indio Senior Center didn't have room for a traditional garden, so instead created raised bed planters made from water troughs roughly the size of bathtubs.

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Still-Under-Construction Active Adult Project Nabs SAGE Award

The SAGE Awards recognize projects programs, and individuals making outstanding contributions to enhance the quality of life of Southern California residents aged 55+.

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Senior Center's Fashion Show Underscores Thrift Store Operation

The Ukiah Senior Center of Ukiah, CA, has tapped into a new way to advertise the wares of its thrift store -- a fashion show with models of all shapes, sizes and ages.

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High Blood Pressure Found to Damage Brain in Early Middle Age

Uncontrolled high blood pressure damages the brain's structure and function as early as young middle-age, and even the brains of middle-aged people who clinically would not be considered to have hypertension show evidence of silent structural brain damage, a study led by researchers at U. of California-Davis finds.

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Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center To Host Candidate Forum

The forum, which is open to the public, will be an opportunity for invited candidates to share their views as well as address specific issues such as senior housing, Medicare, Social Security, and other issues important to older Americans.

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Sonoma AAA Offering 'Transitioning-From-Driving' Program

Having a conversation about driving concerns with an elderly loved one is often a delicate matter. The Sonoma County Agency on Aging of California is hoping to ease the discomfort surrounding this topic through its program, "We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers."

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County's Annual 'Gala' Raises $75,000 For Meals On Wheels

The gala, held each of the past six years at the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, CA is the program's biggest fundraiser of the year, and helps fund more than 15,000 meals.

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SHC Direct Tags Lyris to Aid Digital Marketing Campaigns

It's a robust, cloud-based digital marketing platform that maximizes the effectiveness of high-volume, complex campaigns.

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Online Marketing Firm Named Among Fastest Growing Private Companies

This Internet marketing firm achieved a 235% growth rate from 2008 to 2011.

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Program Replaces 'Vagueness' With Performance Forecasting, Guaranteed Results

A carefully orchestrated integrated campaign can provide a continual lift to key performance indexes such as impressions and consumer engagement.

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Online Advertising Firm Adds Display to Product Suite

This new display offering is aimed at enabling advertisers to extend the reach of their performance campaigns and achieve higher return on investment than typical display campaigns that don't benefit from deep conversion data.

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Jacob Tyler Joins Forces With Internet Marketing Inc.

The move increases capabilities for both companies, strengthening and broadening their suite of services while capturing a larger prospective client base through a horizontal integration of services.

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Loneliness Linked to Serious Health Problems, Death Among Elderly

Lonliness can be especially debilitating to older adults and may predict serious health problems and even death, according to a new study.

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Mobile Computer Ed Program Bridges Digital Divide for Seniors

Here's an innovative mobile computer education program that's helping bridge the digital divide for multi-ethnic and multi-lingual low-income adults. This is a great idea, one that could be easily replicated by senior services organizations elsewhere.

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Elder Abuse Is Focus of Seminar Hosted by Congress of California Seniors

Finding ways to end elder abuse is the theme of a free seminar sponsored by the Congress of California Seniors Region 3. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the St. Regis Retirement Center, 23950 Mission Blvd., in Hayward, CA.

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Calif. Teachers Pension Fund Sues Walmart

A lawsuit filed by the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) against top executives of Walmart Stores Inc. is the latest development stemming from the company's alleged bribery scheme in Mexico, which was detailed last month in an investigative report appearing in The New York Times.

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California Telephone Program Connecting Seniors Statewide

The Oakland, CA-based Senior Center Without Walls' telephone program is providing seniors across the state a source of socialization within the comfort of their own homes.

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Telehealth Firm Closes Convertible Note Funding at $2.35 Million

Telehealth company Independa has closed its convertible note funding at $2.35 million, with investment that surpassed the target of $2.2 million indicating strong affirmation of the company's strategy to offer integrated technology solutions that enhance

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Ventura County AAA, Professor Partner on Financial Management Workshops

The folks who run the Ventura County (CA) Agency on Aging (AAA) understand that financial management is often difficult for seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes. In response to this issue, the AAA is partnering with an area finance professor to offer a series of free workshops designed to educate and empower members of the aging community.

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Senior Community Centers Establish Civic Engagement Program

"This program is not a 'cookie cutter' program and will vary based on the demographics of the population; but it can be utilized with virtually any population," says Laura Stevens, civic engagement manager for the Senior Community Centers of San Diego.

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Camarillo Launches Initiatives to Combat Depression Among Seniors

"This is one avenue we are using to promote safety and security for our seniors," Jenica Polakow, the senior support manager at the Camarillo Health Care District tells Aging News Alert.

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Aging Solutions Offers Peace-of-Mind Program to Northern Californians

The program can be customized to suit the unique needs of a family, and monitoring can be done for clients living at home or in assisted-living and skilled nursing facilities.

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Napa County Earns Recognition For Caregiver Ordinance

The ordinance, enacted in July 2011, requires Napa County's caregivers to pass a background check and obtain a permit prior to working as a caregiver.

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Seniors Learn about Valuable Social Services at Event Hosted by Congressman

The event featured two dozen nonprofit and government service providers offering seniors assistance on an array of services, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans services, insurance, housing, food assistance, and hospice care.

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Prostate Screenings at VA Hospitals Found Ignoring Guidelines for Elderly

Veterans Affairs medical centers screen elderly men with limited life expectancies for prostate cancer at surprisingly high rates, even though guidelines recommend against such screening, finds a study led by a physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

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Church Pastor Gets 15-Year Prison Term for Medicare Fraud

The pastor of a now defunct Los Angeles church who owned and operated several fraudulent durable medical equipment supply companies was sentenced Monday (Jan. 9) to 15 years in prison for his role in a $14.2 million Medicare fraud scheme.

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Life Care Services to Manage The Forum at Rancho San Antonio

Life Care Services has entered into an agreement to provide management services to The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, CA beginning in the summer of 2012. The Forum is a full-service cooperative continuing care retirement community on a 54-acre

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(END-OF-LIFE) Docs Urge Colleagues to Discuss Life Expectancy With Elderly Patients

Doctors should routinely discuss overall prognosis with their elderly patients who have a life expectancy of less than 10 years, or have reached age 85, according to new report from a team of physicians.

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(TARGETING) Award Winning Nonprofit Succeeds by Knowing Its Audience

The alliance provides many direct services to local caregivers by conducting "caregiver assessments" that determine the needs of the caregivers and then find ways to help address those needs.

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(CAREGIVING) California Central Coast Agency Offers Tool Kit For Caregivers

The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens (CCCSC), which serves the California counties of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, has developed a Family Caregiver Information Tool Kit. The effort is aimed at celebrating local caregivers during National Family Caregiver Month, which is coming up in November. The CCCSC Senior Connection Program is making the kits available free to family caregivers.

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(BEST OF THE BEST) California Agency Arms Seniors Against Physical, Financial Attacks

Hosted by the county's libraries, these 2.5 hour workshops provide seniors with physical and financial self-defense techniques especially designed for older adults.

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(ALZHEIMER'S) Groundbreaking Alzheimer's Study Expands; Seeks Volunteers

Researchers are seeking new volunteers to join those already participating in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Study as it enters a second phase.

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(BRANDING) New Name, Direction Aimed at Enhancing Legacy of 78-Year-Old Organization

The board of directors of California P.E.O. Home, a nonprofit provider of senior living communities for nearly 80 years, is launching a new name, brand identity and philosophical direction. The Alhambra, CA-based organization's new name, Navigage, combine

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(OMEN) Two-Thirds of California Voters Unprepared for Costs of Growing Older

California's weak economy -- a likely microcosm of the nation's economic profile -- has voters cutting back on current expenses and largely unable to meet essential future ones, such as the cost of long-term care, say the findings of a new poll.

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(FRAUD) Two Pastors, Conspirators Guilty in $14.2 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Trust your pastor, do you? If you were a member of the now defunct Arms of Grace Christian Center, a church that once operated in downtown Los Angeles, you might want to think twice before answering that question.

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(GRANTS) Nonprofits in Selected CA Communities Eligible for Health, Senior Projects

Nonprofit organizations in south Orange County, Palos Verdes and Santa Barbara are eligible for Cox Cares grants of up to $10,000 each.

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(BEST OF THE BEST) Retirement Center's Resident Assistant Strengthened by His Disability

In this case, management wisely looked beyond an individual's physical disability and tapped into his real strengths. For this reason, we select The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens -- Fresno’s only CCRC (continuing care retirement community) -- as Best of the Best for June 2011.

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(HOUSE) Former Calif. Insurance Commissioner Rails against House Medicare Plan

Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), who served as California's insurance commissioner for eight years and as a key healthcare advisor to President Bill Clinton, today (Tuesday, May 3) spoke on the House floor in strong opposition to HR 1213, a Republican bill that would dismantle the state insurance exchanges found in the Affordable Care and Protection Act.

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(USC) Older Adults Abused as Children More Likely to Have Problems Sleeping

Being abused as a child can have physical and emotional impacts decades and decades later, finds a new study by a U. of Southern California doctoral student and a USC professor.

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(BLUEPRINT) L.A. County Elder Abuse Initiative Sparks Model Ombudsman Program

In an effort to curb elder abuse in the nation's most populated state, the Los Angeles County, CA-based nonprofit WISE & Healthy Aging launches a comprehensive program targeting abuse in unlicensed elder care facilities.

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(MENTAL HEALTH) Emotional Intelligence Peaks as People Enter 60s, Research Suggests

A team of researchers at University of California-Berkeley is tracking how our emotional strategies and responses change as we age. Their findings support the theory that emotional intelligence and cognitive skills can actually sharpen as we enter our 60s, giving older people an advantage in the workplace and in personal relationships.

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(FINANCE) Examining Strategies for Addressing Long-Term Health Care Needs

In this exclusive report, our expert financial planner offers Aging News Alert's readers advice on how to address one of the most commonly overlooked risks associated with retirement -- the need for long-term health care.

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(ALZHEIMER'S) Researchers To Define Link Between Vascular, Alzheimer's Diseases

A team of University of California-Davis investigators will use a $2.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to research the links between vascular disease and Alzheimer's disease

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(BITS & PIECES) Aging-Related News Briefs From Around The Nation

Presented here is aging-related news briefs from around the nation -- this week featuring Arizona, California, Kansas, Michigan, and New Jersey.

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(BOOMERS) 'Entitlements' Seen Benefiting Younger Americans More Than Seniors

While it may seem painfully obvious that retiring baby boomers are benefiting from Social Security and Medicare at the expense of younger generations, authors of a far-reaching study from the University of California at Berkeley find that younger Americans -- specifically those born between 1972 and 2060 -- are actually getting the better bargain when the value of public education is factored in as an intergenerational entitlement program on a par with Social Security and Medicare.

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(CASH AWARD) Second Annual CLASSY Awards Now Accepting Nominations

How would you like to win $10,000 or more in cash and in-kind services as recognition for all you've done for the community this year? Rally your supporters to nominate you for the Second Annual CLASSY Awards. If your seniors services organization has hosted an event, a fundraiser, or a special campaign in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, or Washington, DC, you're eligible for a CLASSY Award.

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(GRANTS) Foundation Awards Free Consulting Services

Is your aging services-related organization in need of some high-powered consulting services? The Taproot Foundation's approach in supporting nonprofits is nontraditional. Instead of writing checks, the foundation awards grants in the form of free consulting services, delivered by teams of business professionals and valued at $45,000 or more per project.

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(GRANTS) Patagonia Provides Grants up to $8,000

Seniors services organizations actively invloved in projects aimed at fostering conservation and/or improving the environment should check out Ventura, CA-based sports gear manufacturer and retailer Patagonia. The company supports small, grassroots activist organizations that have provocative direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. Grants generally range from $3,000 to $8,000 each. The deadline for grant applciations for the current cylce is Aug. 31. All applications submitted during this cylce will be responded to in January.

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(GRANTS) Women's Foundation Seeks Funding Applicants for Advocacy Training

The Women's Foundation of California will make strategic grants and build the capacity of three to four partnering organizations in different regions/states outside of California to replicate the Women's Policy Institute advocacy training program, a program that promotes justice for the elderly, especially low-income women.

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(GRANTS) CA Foundation Supports Wellness, Disease Prevention

The California Wellness Foundation seeks to improve the health of older Californians by awarding grants to nonprofits and government agencies for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation focuses on the health needs of traditionally underserved populations, including the elderly, low-income individuals, people of color, and residents of rural areas.

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(GRANTS) Foundation Announces Funding for Supportive Communities

The Archstone Foundation has set aside funding to build comprehensive and coordinated systems of care for older adults. The goal is to improve integration of aging services in Southern California communities in ways that will increase the quality of life for those age 65 and older living independently in their community.

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(ENCORE CAREERS) Nonprofits Look to Retiring Boomers for Skills, Experience

The aging population in America is providing nonprofit organizations with unprecedented opportunities for skilled volunteers and staff. With 78 million baby boomers set to retire in the next few years, programs like Coming of Age: Bay Area are taking advantage of skilled workers still looking to make a difference in the workplace.

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(WHITE HOUSE) Prominent Republican Governor Condemns GOP Partisanship over Healthcare

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) applauded President Obama and the stimulus package Monday, in comments made after meeting Monday (Feb. 22) with the president in the wake of the National Governors Association's annual conference in Washington, DC. The only governor to meet with the president privately, Schwarzenegger praised the stimulus package, calling it "very successful so far" and urged Republicans to compromise on the current healthcare package, rather than scrap the entire bill and begin anew -- which is the position now taken by congressional Republicans.

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(GRANTS) Grants Will Help to Implement Home Health Technologies

The Center for Technology & Aging is devoted to helping the nation more rapidly implement technologies that improve home- and community-based care for older adults. The center offers a Remote Patient Monitoring Diffusion Grants Program and is soliciting Letters of Intent from organizations interested in expanding the use of remote patient monitoring technologies to improve the health and safety of older adults. The deadline for Letters of Intent is March 12.

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(GRANTS) Center for Technology & Aging Awards First-Ever Technology Diffusion Grants

The Oakland, CA- based Center for Technology & Aging (CTA) has awarded grants to five organizations for projects aimed at improving medication use in older adults with chronic health conditions. The five grants total $477,000 and range from $92,000 to $100,000. The grantees are supplementing grant funding with a total of more than $520,000 in matching funds.

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(HI-TECH) Center Pushing Solutions for Reducing Medication-Related Errors Among Older Americans

The Oakland, CA-based nonprofit Center for Technology & Aging is pressing federal lawmakers to consider innovative methods for reducing medication-related errors and improving medication adherence among older adults. Doing so could save the United States billions of dollars -- not to mention the thousands of lives that could be saved each year.

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(AWARDS) Five Social Innovators Each Win $100,000 Purpose Prize

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.

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(CONSUMER PROTECTION) Hellish Drywall Problem Impacts Thousands of Retirees' Homes

With 27 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico now reporting problems with imported Chinese drywall, the federal government steps in to quell the fury of homeowners beset with uninhabitable houses and health problems. A significant portion of the affected homes are owned by retirees, many of whom invested their life savings in the properties.

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(GRANTS) Center Unveils Guidelines for Medication Optimization Diffusion Grants Program

The Center for Technology & Aging has released grant application guidelines for a $500,000 Medication Optimization Diffusion Grants Program. Up to six one-year grants will be made to organizations successfully proposing programs that directly benefit older adults. Four or five grants will focus on Californians, while one or two may benefit older adults in other regions of the United States.

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(ALZHEIMER'S) UCLA Researchers' Findings Offer Hope for Development of Drug Treatment

Developing the ability to make amyloid B-protein clusters in a very pure and precise way as to duplicate what forms in Alzheimer's diseased brains will make development of future therapeutic drugs much easier and likely more successful.

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(PRIVATE GRANTS) Archstone Foundation Focuses on Aging-Related Issues

The Archstone Foundation's funding priorities reflect the desire to prepare society for an aging population. Building upon aging trends, research and program innovation, the foundation's mission is accomplished through strategic initiatives and responsive grantmaking. The following are the foundation's funding priorities: (1) Fall Prevention; (2) Elder Abuse & Neglect; (3) End-of-Life; and (4) Responsive Grantmaking.

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(US HOUSE) Legislation Would Help Cognitively Impaired Seniors Navigate Medicare

The legislation, dubbed "The Guidance, Understanding and Information for Dual Eligibles (GUIDE) Act" -- HR 2390 -- specifically targets 7 million individuals in the nation who are enrolled in both the federal Medicare health insurance program because of age or disability status and the Medicaid program, which is administered by states to provide healthcare to low-income individuals and families.

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(SECTION 8) California City Proposes Sec. 8 Limits

Officials in Lancaster, CA are mulling a plan to deny business licenses to landlords who want to rent to Sec. 8 housing voucher tenants, many of whom would likely be elderly persons on fixed incomes. The proposal is drawing the wrath of affordable housing advocates. The city, contending it is burdened with a larger share of Sec. 8 voucher holders than any other community in Los Angeles County, wants to halt the influx of low-income families wanting to live in the Los Angeles suburb.

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(INDUSTRY) Alzheimer's: How the Healthcare Industry Is Responding

Recognizing the need to reduce costs to beneficiaries and baby boomers, one leading insurance provider, Humana, took the first step towards cognitive health by incorporating brain fitness exercises from HAPPYneuron into its Humana Games for Health website.

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Projects in Nine States Funded Via Family & Informal Caregiver Support Program

The Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, has made public the results of its Family & Informal Caregiver Support Program Request for Proposals. Some 14 different projects will receive a total of $8,184,145 over the course of the next three years.

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SCAN Foundation Offers Funding to Assess Long-Term Care Programs for Elderly

The SCAN Foundation, a charitable foundation focused on finding innovative solutions to the healthcare needs of California's senior citizens (persons age 65 and older), invites proposals to support the dissemination and assessment of promising new program models that could inform and strengthen long-term care public policy development.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Applications for Local Funding Partnerships 2009-2010

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Local Funding Partnerships program works to forge relationships between RWJF and local grantmakers willing to fund promising original projects with the potential to significantly improve the health of vulnerable people in their communities. This is an ideal opportunity for aging-related service providers. But time is running out. Brief proposals are due by April 15.

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Data Shows Depreciating Home Values Hurting Oldest Americans

Golden Gateway Financial, a financial resource for seniors and retirees, has released new usage data from its online Reverse Mortgage Calculator showing more senior citizens are researching reverse mortgages to offset investment losses. The company also reported on the potentially devastating implications for seniors of the continuing drop in home values as documented by the most recent S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices.

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New Report Identifies Economically Insecure Elders

Nearly half a million elders living alone in California cannot make ends meet, lacking sufficient income to pay for a minimum level of housing, food, healthcare, transportation and other basic expenses, according to a new policy brief released by the Oakland, CA-based UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

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RWJF Funds Vulnerable Population Health Grants

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Local Funding Partnerships (LFP) program forges relationships between RWJF and local grantmakers to fund promising, original projects that can significantly improve the health of vulnerable people -- especially frail elders -- in their communities.

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Grants Available for Start-Up Dementia Day Programs

The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the start-up of social model Group Respite or Early Memory Loss programs for people with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers. In November, the Foundation will be awarding up to 40 seed grants for the development of dementia-specific Group Respite programs or specialized programs for people with Early Memory Loss.

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Senior Housing/Healthcare Industry Well Positioned to Deal With Downturn

Economists can't seem to decide if the tax cut provisions in President Obama’s stimulus package are too big or small, but together with dramatically lower oil prices (which effectively have the same impact on consumer spending as a tax cut) and interest rates at bargain basement levels, the outlook for the senior housing/healthcare industry could improve dramatically if the president is able to get the credit markets functioning the way everyone hopes they will.

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Kohl Rolls Out Older Worker Agenda, Results of GAO Study on Federal Older Workers

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, was joined by several of his colleagues in the introduction of three bills to make it easier for older Americans to either reenter or remain in the workforce. In conjunction with their introduction, Kohl released the results of a study conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the federal government’s efforts to hire and retain older workers, and what policy changes would help them do it better.

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Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese Women Reduces Urinary Incontinence

Reducing urinary incontinence can now be added to the extensive list of health benefits of weight loss, according to a clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Legislation Would Address Looming Shortfalls in Social Security, Medicare

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced legislation that would create a permanent, bipartisan entitlement commission to guarantee the long-term financial stability of Social Security and Medicare.

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Archstone Foundation Funds Aging-Related Programs

The Southern California-based Archstone Foundation is a leading provider of private funding for aging-related projects and programs. The Foundation was originally known as the FHP Foundation and changed its name to the Archstone Foundation in 1996 to create a completely separate identity from the FP Corporation, which was being acquired by PacifiCare Health Systems. The name Archstone Foundation was selected by the Board of Directors because the Board felt that it represented the Foundation's values of building for lasting change and working in partnership with others.

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New 'Style Guide' Promotes Accurate Coverage of Aging Issues

In an effort to facilitate accurate and unbiased communications on aging issues, the New York-based International Longevity Center-USA (ILC-USA) has teamed with Sacramento, CA-based Aging Services of California (ASC) to publish a first of its kind stylebook for journalism, entertainment and advertising professionals. "Media Takes: On Aging" provides the necessary tools for media professionals and others who interact directly with older adults an authoritative glossary of aging-related terms as well as a comprehensive list of resources.

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CMS Issues Final Rule Requiring Surety Bonds for DMEPOS Suppliers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring certain durable medical equipment suppliers to post a surety bond. In addition, CMS has revoked the billing privileges of more than 1,100 medical equipment suppliers in south Florida and southern California and suspending payments to home health agencies in the Miami-Dade, FL., area.

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CEOs At Two LA-Area Medical Firms Indicted For Medicare Fraud

Two San Bernardino County, CA, medical company chief executive officers have been charged in a seven-count indictment for their alleged roles in a Medicare fraud scheme involving unnecessary durable medical equipment (DME).

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Company Researches Treatments For Catheter-Related Afflictions

The use of urinary catheters is a routine part of the management of patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities. However, catheters provide a means of access for bacteria to the bladder; this can lead to bacteriuria, a condition in which bacteria grow within the bladder that may lead to serious medical complications. After a patient has been catheterized for a month, it is virtually certain that the patient will have bacteriuria.

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Bill Would Address Severe Impending Shortage In Healthcare Workforce

Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) is expected to soon reintroduce a legislative measure aimed at addressing what many experts believe to be an impending severe shortage of healthcare workers who are adequately trained and prepared to care for older Americans.

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Self-Directed IRA's Seen More Attractive Than Ever Before, But…

With the recent downturn in the stock market, many people are wondering if there are better ways to manage their retirement funds. Two San Francisco Bay area financial experts offer some insights into the issue.

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Liberty Mutual, ITNAmerica Urge Families To Give The Gift Of Safety As Aging Relatives Hit The Road During Holiday Season

The holidays may be the best time for older drivers to consider transitioning to the passenger seat. In addition to Thanksgiving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists Dec. 22, 23 and 24 among the deadliest days of the year for all drivers. Yet the wintry weather and crowded roads are of particular concern for senior drivers, many of whom are also dealing with health conditions, medication, and the normal changes associated with aging that put their driving at-risk.

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Dingell Loses Energy & Commerce Chair To Waxman

When the 111th Congress convenes in January, the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee will be chaired by someone other than Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the longest-serving lawmaker on Capitol Hill. The new chairman will be Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), a close friend and ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Ginkgo Study Fails To Show Benefit In Preventing Dementia In Elderly

The study was conducted primarily to determine if ginkgo would decrease the incidence of all types of dementia and, more specifically, reduce the incidence of Alzheimer's disease. Secondarily, the study evaluated ginkgo for its effects on overall cognitive decline, functional disability, incidence of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and total mortality.

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17 People Doing Good Work In Second Half Of Life Win Unusual Story Contest

One winner retired from the military and found his true calling: teaching disadvantaged youth in a homeless shelter. Another realized her childhood dream of becoming a nurse after a career in office management. A third, a former TV news producer, applied the passion she felt for vulnerable children to her new job raising money for a pediatric care center. These are three examples of Americans who are successfully transitioning from mid-life careers to new encore careers -- work that combines personal meaning and social impact with continued income in the second half of life. They and 14 others have won a trip to a first-ever summit on encore careers organized by Civic Ventures, a national think tank on boomers, work and social purpose.

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Annenberg Foundation Funds Projects Serving Elderly People

Established in 1989 by the late publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the Annenberg Foundation provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally through its headquarters in Radnor, PA and offices in Los Angeles. Its major program areas are education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. Additionally, the Foundation operates a number of initiatives which expand and complement these program areas.

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FL Secretary Of State To Ask County Supervisors To Grant GAO Access To Polls

Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning has responded to a request from Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), saying he will encourage county election supervisors to grant the Government Accountability Office access to Florida polling places on Election Day as part of GAO’s nationwide study examining voting access for aging and disabled voters during the 2008 general election.

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Stark Wants CMS To Curb Growing Broker Commissions In MA Plans

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), chairman of the Ways & Means health subcommittee, wants CMS to prevent Medicare Advantage plans from gaming new broker fee regulations that were designed to end the financial incentive for brokers to coerce beneficiaries to switch plans each year.

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Key Senators Press Florida To Allow GAO Access To Polls On Election Day

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI.) are urging Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning to allow the Government Accountability Office access to Florida polling places on Election Day as part of a nationwide study examining voting access for aging and disabled voters during the 2008 general election.

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Research Centers Target Stress-Related Illnesses, Obesity, Cancer, Other Conditions

The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has added four new Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CERCs) to its research centers program. The new centers will add to knowledge about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches and their potential in treating and preventing diseases and conditions that are common among Americans.

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NIEHS Invests $21.25 Million To Find Environmental Causes Of Parkinson’s Disease

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will award three new grants totaling $21.25 million over a five-year period to study how environmental factors contribute to the cause, prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other related disorders.

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Couple Defrauded Investors, Used Money To Pay For Vacations, Cars, Jewelry

A California couple -- Rebecca Solomon and Terry Solomon -- have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering -- a scheme that largely targeted seniors. This guilty plea is the result of a two-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division.

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Cornell Tops AARP's List Of Best Employers For Workers 50+

Cornell University's students, faculty and alumni have long been known for being proud of the high academic standards of the Ivy League school located in Ithaca, NY. They now have another reason to be proud of the "Big Red." Cornell has landed on top of the list of the 2008 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50.

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What Seniors Can Do To Prevent Dangerous Blood Clots

The Surgeon General of the United States has called upon Americans to learn more about deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism -- related problems that now affect between 350,000 and 600,000 Americans each year.

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This Is National Adult Immunization Awareness Week

This week, Sept. 21-27, is National Adult Immunization Awareness Week. This annual health observance is a great opportunity to promote the importance of adult immunizations. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds healthcare professionals that Medicare Part B reimburses healthcare providers who accept the Medicare-approved payment amount for influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B vaccines and their administration.

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Nursing Home Residents Eligible For Digital TV Converter Box Coupons

Officials at the Administration on Aging tell Aging News Alert that residents of licensed nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, assisted living facilities and households that use a post office box for mail delivery will be eligible to request coupons from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. The rule change takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register -- in about a week to 10 days.

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Senators Push Measure To Protect Medicare Card Holders From Identity Theft

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) are pushing legislation that would require the government to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare identification cards and communications to Medicare beneficiaries. The three lawmakers say the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the Medicare program, has fallen behind most other public and private organizations in recognizing the danger of displaying Social Security numbers.

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HHS Provides $121 Million In Energy Assistance

The Department of Health & Human services is releasing $121 million in energy assistance to help eligible low-income households meet home energy costs. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds are expected to provide states with heating assistance for the winter months ahead.

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AgeSong Expands With New Independent, Assisted-Living Community

AgeSong at Bayside Park, a 116,400 square-foot, 125-apartment community that will offer independent and assisted living apartments for senior adults breaks ground in Emeryville, CA, (near San Francisco), expanding AgeSong's holistic approach to elder care in the East Bay area. A five-story residence, AgeSong at Bayside Park sits on a corner site at 1440 40th Street (and Horton), within walking distance to the city's retail and entertainment district and Emeryville's bustling "triangle" neighborhood. It is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2010.

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Modified Insulin Most Effective For Controlling Post-Meal Blood Sugar Levels

Pre-mixed insulin analogues, a modified form of conventional pre-mixed human insulin, are more effective than long-acting analogues for controlling high blood sugar levels after meals in patients with type 2 diabetes, find the authors of a new report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, part of the Department of Health & Human Services.

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Stark Demands Stricter Enforcement Of Medicare Advantage, Part D Marketing Rules

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), chairman of the House Ways & Means health subcommittee, has fired off a letter to Kerry Weems, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on the final and interim rules for the marketing of private Medicare Advantage plans and Part D drug plans. Stark’s letter comes in the immediate wake of Monday’s action by CMS in which the agency issued a set of tough new rules aimed at reining in unscrupulous marketing practices by some Medicare Advantage and Part D service providers.

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Research Shows Physical Therapy Effective As Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

A new study questioning the usefulness of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee should encourage patients to consider physical therapy as an effective non-surgical option, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. The study was published in the Sept. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Demand For Retirement Income Planning Growing Dramatically

According to the 2008 FPA Financial Planner Attitudes and Perceptions about Retirement Income Planning study, demand for retirement income planning, retirement income products and services, is increasing, driven by a greater understanding on the part of Americans of the important differences between the two broad phases of retirement -- the accumulation or preparation phase and the distribution or income phase.

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States' Budget Crisis Worsens; 13 States Face New Shortfalls

In the six of these 13 states that have made specific estimates, the new gaps total $4.4 billion, or 4% of their budgets. These new shortfalls, which reflect the continuing weakness of the economy, highlight the growing need for the federal government to provide fiscal relief to states, as it did in the last downturn.

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Long-Term Care Providers Form Coalition for Capital Access

Long-term care facilities from across the country are forming the Coalition for Senior Healthcare Reform, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of healthcare for seniors by ensuring access to capital for long-term care, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

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ASA, BFA Seek Nominations For Business & Aging Awards

The American Society on Aging (ASA), in conjunction with its Business Forum on Aging, is now soliciting nominations for its 20th annual Business and Aging Awards. The awards recognize for-profit companies for exemplary programs and services that meet the needs of older people and their families, expand public awareness of the private sector's increasing involvement with older adults and create performance models for other companies to emulate.

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Foundation Accepting Applications For Alzheimer's Disease Research Program

Since its Alzheimer's Disease Research program began in 1985, the American Health Assistance Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to support promising research in fields ranging from molecular biology to epidemiology. Grants are awarded on the basis of the scientific merit of the proposed research and the relevance of the research to under standing aspects of the disease that lead to improved treatments, prevention strategies, and diagnoses.

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Wealth Alone Is No Guarantee Of Secure Retirement

Even if you are doing well, plentiful assets and a good income are probably not enough to get rid of your worries about retirement—at least not according to new studies of high net worth investors. Thousands of affluent boomers and Gen Xers studied by Wharton and State Street Global Advisors expressed fears about outlasting their money.

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Extra Payments To Medicare Advantage Plans Seen Reaching $8.5B In 2008

Private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will be paid an average 12.4% more per enrollee in 2008 compared to what the same enrollee would have cost in the traditional Medicare fee-for-service program, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund. Even if the payment reductions to MA plans mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 had been fully in place in 2008, MA plans still would have been paid 10.6% more than expected fee-for-service costs.

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Experts Establish Baseline For Civic Engagement Among Retirees

The rise of retired people seeking active participation in their communities has led researchers to define this new aspect of American life. As a result, civic engagement can now be considered a distinct retirement role.

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Medicare Advantage May Not Equal Advantage In Quality Of Care

One of the arguments espoused by Medicare Advantage (MA) plan proponents is that MA plans are able to coordinate the healthcare services of beneficiaries in their plans and therefore ensure that beneficiaries receive more appropriate care. However, comparisons of the health outcomes of beneficiaries enrolled in MA plans with those in traditional Medicare have not demonstrated that MA plans provide better health care than traditional Medicare, say analysts at the Washington, DC-based Center for Medicare Advocacy.

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ACEP: McCain Advisor’s Statement On Americans’ ER Access ‘Irresponsible’

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is lambasting an assertion by John Goodman, presumptive GOP presidential candidate John McCain’s health policy advisor, that anyone with access to an emergency department effectively has health insurance, and called his logic flawed and his statement irresponsible toward all patients, insured and uninsured alike.

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Rachel Carson Intergenerational Poetry, Essay, Photo Contest

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Aging Initiative, in partnership with Generations United and Rachel Carson Council Inc., invites the public to vote for their favorite submissions for the Second Annual Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Intergenerational Poetry, Essay and Photography Contest.

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Research Finds America's Elderly Suffering Abuse

A new study concludes that nearly 13% of America's aged citizens suffer some form of abuse. Specifically, 9% of adults reported they have suffered from verbal mistreatment, 3.5% suffer financial mistreatment, and 0.2% suffer physical mistreatment.

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Poll: Nearly Third Of Age 50+ Americans Find Streets Inhospitable, Public Transportation Inaccessible

A new poll by AARP finds that while many Americans ages 50+ are trying to move away from car transportation as a result of high gas prices, their attempt to go "green" is challenged by inadequate sidewalks and bike lanes, as well as insufficient public transportation options. "More Americans age 50+ are trying to leave their cars behind but face obstacles as soon as they walk out the door, climb on their bikes or head for the bus," says Elinor Ginzler, AARP senior VP for Livable Communities.

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FDA Warns Consumers About Potential Problems At Two Baltimore Pharmacies

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers who filled prescriptions at The Medicine Shoppe pharmacies located at 8035A Liberty Road and 5900 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore that they may have received drugs that were either expired or suspected counterfeit. The FDA is particularly concerned because a number of the drugs are for serious diseases and could have an adverse effect on treatment.

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Alternative Vaccine Strategy Shows Promise In Prostate Cancer Patients

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.

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California Senate OKs Bill To Protect Seniors From Unscrupulous Financial Advisors

The California state Senate last Thursday ( Aug. 14) overwhelmingly approved a bill authored by Assemblymember Patty Berg (D-Eureka) that makes it harder for unscrupulous financial advisors to win the confidence of California’s growing elderly population.

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FDA Approves 2008-2009 Flu Vaccines

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved this year's seasonal influenza vaccines that include new strains of the virus likely to cause flu in the United States during the 2008-2009 season. The six vaccines and their manufacturers are: CSL Limited, Afluria; GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Fluarix; ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec, FluLaval; MedImmune Vaccines Inc., FluMist; Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited, Fluvirin; and Sanofi Pasteur Inc., Fluzone.

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Seniors Considering Reverse Mortgages To Benefit From Housing Legislation

Landmark housing legislation (HR 3221) passed by Congress this weekend will make substantial improvements to the federally-insured reverse mortgage program and greatly benefit senior homeowners who may want to utilize home equity to help finance their retirement years.

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Leading Aging Agencies Win Nat'l Family Caregiving Awards

Representatives from leading aging organizations and agencies convened Tuesday (July 22) in Nashville, TN to honor the 2008 winners of the National Family Caregiving Awards, sponsored by the National Alliance for Caregiving, a Washington,D.C.-based coalition of national organizations, with support from MetLife Foundation.

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Ensuring Affordable, Quality LTC an Urgent Challenge, Experts Say

More than two-thirds of respondents to the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey believe it is important that the health reform plans of the presidential candidates address the quality and financing of long-term care.

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Court Preliminarily OKs Settlement Of Medicare Rx Drug Case

As previously reported, a settlement has been reached in the Medicare prescription drug case Situ v. Leavitt, brought by the Center for Medicare Advocacy and the National Senior Citizens Law Center. A federal court in San Francisco on July 9 issued an "Order Preliminarily Approving Class Settlement, Approving Class Notice, and Setting Final Fairness Hearing" for the settlement agreement filed on June 19 between a nationwide class of Medicare beneficiaries who are also eligible for Medicaid and the Secretary of Health & Human Services.

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Key Congress Members Seek GAO Study Of Medicare RAC Program

Five key members of Congress have fired off a letter to the acting head of the Government Accountability Office asking for an in-depth review of the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), chairman of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, joined with House Ways & Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY), House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI), House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), in seeking the GAO study.

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Incentives Might Persuade Older Workers To Delay Retirement

Employers have a narrow window of up to two years in which they may be able to change retiring workers' decisions by offering them incentives to remain with the company, according to results of a just-released survey by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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Funding Available For Roybal Centers for Translational Research On Aging

The National Institute on Aging is inviting applications using the NIH Research and Development Core Center Grant (P30) award mechanism to support Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translation Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences of Aging. NIA expects to make 8-12 awards totaling $3.6 million total costs in the first year, and $18 million total costs over the 5-year project period. Deadline for applications is Oct. 31.

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AoA Solicits Applications For Next Generation: POMP Grants

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is soliciting applications for its Next Generation: Performance Outcome Measurement Project (POMP). Closing date for applications is Aug. 12. Only state agencies on aging are eligible to apply. Twelve grants, each ranging between $20,000-$60,000, will be awarded.

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Report On Illegal Garnishment Of Senior Benefits Draws Senatorial Fire

Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Max Baucus (D-MT), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are reacting harshly to a report released by the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (SSA-OIG) on the degree to which large and small banks are engaging in the federally prohibited practice of garnishing government benefits on behalf of creditors, and assessing fees on bank accounts into which Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and veterans benefits are electronically deposited.

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Resveratrol Found to Improve Health, But Not Longevity in Aging Mice

Scientists have found that the compound resveratrol slows age-related deterioration and functional decline of mice on a standard diet, but does not increase longevity when started at middle age. This study, conducted and supported in part by the National Institute on Aging, is a follow-up to 2006 findings that resveratrol improves health and longevity of overweight, aged mice.

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AoA Announces Nursing Home Diversion Funding Opportunity

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina Carbonell on July 1 announced the availability of $13 million to support state efforts to help individuals with long-term care needs to avoid unnecessary nursing home placement.

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Conference of Mayors Backs Single-Payer National Health Insurance

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Miami, has adopted a resolution in support of single-payer national health insurance. The assembly, in unanimous vote, backed a resolution calling for the enactment of the "United States National Health Insurance Act," HR 676.

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Alzheimer’s Research: What If Drug Firms Are Wrong?

In recent decades, researchers seeking a drug to treat the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease have focused their efforts mainly on amyloid-beta plaques -- telltale clumps of protein that appear on the brains of individuals suffering from the disease, which were first noted by Alois Alzheimer in 1906. But after years of research and extensive trials of numerous drug candidates, scientists have started to express frustration with the amyloid-beta approach.

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House & White House Agree on Supplemental War Appropriations Bill

House leaders and the White House this week reached agreement on a $250 billion supplemental war appropriations bill with a provision that would place a one-year moratorium on six new Medicaid regulations proposed by the Bush administration.

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Dual Eligibles, Government Seek Court OK On Part D Case Settlement

A nationwide class of Medicare beneficiaries who are also eligible for Medicaid and the Secretary of Health & Human Services today (June 19) filed a formal settlement agreement in federal court in San Francisco. The parties have asked the court to approve the settlement, a process that is expected to take several months.

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HUD Amends Matching Fund Requirements in Capacity Building NOFA

HUD) is making it slightly easier for the four eligible nonprofits in its Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants to participate in the coming fiscal year by eliminating requirements to have matching funds in hand when applying for funding.

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HUD Seeks Removal Of Most 50% FMR Program MSAs

The Department of Housing & Urban Development is proposing that most of the so-called "50th percentile" areas currently in HUD's Fair Market Rent (FMR) portion of Sec. 8 be removed during fiscal year 2009. Most would occur because of either failure to reduce density of those receiving vouchers or poor program reporting.

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HUD Extends NOFA Deadlines For FSS, SHOP Programs

The Department of Housing & Urban Development is extending by more than one month the application deadlines for its Housing Choice Family Self-Sufficiency Voucher Program (FSS) and the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) to July 16 and July 18, respectively.

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$2.2 Billion Recovered Thus Far From Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) "Semiannual Report to Congress" says it expects to see recoveries of $2.2 billion for the first half of fiscal year 2008 from efforts to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in HHS programs.

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Reposting of Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

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.

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Republicans Introduce Their Version Of Medicare Funding Bill

The measure was introduced today (June 11), and -- as Aging News Alert predicted -- includes language that virtually parallels that of the Democrats, delaying a Bush administration proposal to cut physician Medicare reimbursements by 10% beginning June 30.

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AAHomecare Sues HHS To Halt Controversial Bidding Program Set For July 1

Citing faulty implementation of Medicare's competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, and supplies, the American Association for Homecare has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the controversial bidding program. The program affects medical equipment and services used by Medicare beneficiaries in the home including oxygen therapy, hospital beds, and power wheelchairs.

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Finalists Named For 2008 Boomer Venture Summit

The competition, which attracted submissions from emerging businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, and Singapore, will be held June 17 at Santa Clara University. The finalists will present their business plans in two sessions, one prior to and one following lunch.

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29 States Face Total Budget Shortfall Of At Least $48 Billion In 2009

At least 29 states plus the District of Columbia, including several of the nation’s largest states, faced or are facing an estimated $48 billion in combined shortfalls in their FY 2009 budgets (which begins July 2008 in most states), say analysts at the Center on Budget & Policy Priorites. Two other states expect budget problems in FY 2010, although some of those gaps may occur earlier than expected, the CBPP analysts say.

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Sanchez Presses For More Funding For Hispanics With Alzheimer's

The legislative proposal comes in the wake of new data from the Alzheimer's Association showing that the number of Hispanics with the disease is expected to increase from 200,000 to 1.3 million by 2050. The increasing number of Hispanics in the U.S. population and longer life spans are likely causes for the increase.

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Southern California Woman Charged With Bilking Medicare Out Of $12 Million

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.

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Government Could Encourage More Employers To Offer IRAs, Says GAO

Several barriers may discourage employers from establishing employer-sponsored Individual Retirement Accounts and offering payroll-deduction IRAs to their employees, finds the Government Accountability Office in a new report.

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Most Voters Oppose Bush's Cuts To Medicare-Financed Nursing Home Care

A new Zogby International survey finds that a whopping 70% of likely U.S. voters oppose the Bush administration's plan to cut $5 billion from Medicare-financed nursing home care. In addition, the poll finds 67% are less likely to re-elect their member of Congress if he or she voted for these Medicare cuts.

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Five States Cut Aid To Elderly, Disabled; Will More Follow?

At least five states are cutting or proposing to cut medical, rehabilitative, home care, or other services needed by low-income people who are elderly or have disabilities, or significantly increasing the amounts that such people must pay for the services, says the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Dems Ignore Veto Threat; Push Bill To Stop 10.6% Physician Payment Cuts

Ignoring a White House veto threat, Senate Democrats within the next couple of weeks will move forward on legislation to reduce payments to Medicare Advantage plans as a way to offset the cost associated with postponing a 10.6% cut to Medicare physicians' payments.

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OPM Suspends Portion Of RetireEZ Contract With Government

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has suspended work by Hewitt Associates on its part of the agency's effort to modernize processing of federal employee retirements.

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Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naproxen May Be Effective At Reducing Risk of Alzheimer's

Different types of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin, appear to be equally effective in lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to the largest study of its kind.

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SuperNOFA Self-Help Guide Now Available!

Our one-of-a-kind "Self-Help Guide to the FY 2008 HUD SuperNOFA" is now available exclusively to paid subscribers of any of CD Publications' online news services.

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Revised Accreditation Deadlines For Round 2 DMEPOS Competitive Bidding

In order to participate in the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, suppliers must meet quality standards and be accredited by a CMS-approved Deemed Accreditation Organization.

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CMS Names Contract Suppliers For First Round DMEPOS Bidding Program

CMS has selected the contract suppliers for the first round of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. A total of 325 suppliers receiving 1,345 contracts were selected for the ten Round 1 communities.

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Secrets to Positive Aging Featured in YouTube Video

If you've heard that social activities prolong life, a new YouTube video confirms it. Created by the National Council on Aging and the American Society of Aging, the video features people in their 60s, 70s and 80s talking about their activities at senior centers, with clips of them dancing, exercising and just relaxing with a cup of coffee.

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'Creativity & Aging in America' Initiative Underway

"Creativity and Aging in America" is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to actively engage older Americans in quality arts programs. Through this initiative, the Arts Endowment will support exemplary projects in the disciplines of literature and music.

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Online Resource Launched For Seniors' Driving Safety, Transportation

Liberty Mutual, the nation's eighth largest car and home insurer, and ITNAmerica, the first and only national nonprofit transportation network for America's aging population, have joined forces to help keep senior drivers safe on U.S. roads.

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Agencies' Reports Show Improvement; Pilot Format Threatens Transparency

The percentage of federal spending covered by government agencies with satisfactory performance reports rose to its highest level since the reports were mandated nine years ago. However, this is only 35% of $2.587 trillion in spending, finds an analysis by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Northern Virginia.

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Rule Would Increase Availability Of Home, Community-Based Services In States

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.

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Family Leave/Sick Leave Bills Gaining Momentum In States

With the anticipated enactment of state legislation guaranteeing paid family in New Jersey, the Garden State will become the third state in the country to guarantee its residents paid family leave. Elsewhere, Massachusetts is one of about a dozen states where either guaranteed paid sick leave or paid family leave legislation is under consideration.

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Trade Association Presses Hill Staff On Delaying CMS Bidding Plan

Leaders from the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) met late last week with key congressional committee staff to discuss possible delays or adjustments to competitive bidding and alternatives to the bidding program.

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AARP Poised To Launch TV Ad Spurring Medicare Activism

AARP is about to unleash a nationwide advertising campaign aimed at pressuring federal lawmakers to hold down the costs of Medicare premiums.

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CMS Moves To Shield Beneficiaries From Bogus Marketing; Action Draws Criticism

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.

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Stark, Health Subcommittee Grill CMS Over Bidding System Problems

"The system is somewhere between flawed and lousy," notes Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) during Tuesday's (May 6) House Ways & Means health subcommittee hearing on the Medicare competitive bidding program.

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Many Older Americans Ill Prepared To Retire With Dignity

In an audio news conference April 30, experts in the area of economic adequacy for older Americans extolled the need for the Elder Economic Security Initiative, a project designed to raise awareness and shape policy to ensure that older Americans are able to live with dignity.

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Seniors Pressuring Congress For 'Senior Bill of Rights'

Thousands of older Americans have begun an online petition campaign calling for congressional passage of a "Senior Bill of Rights." The campaign, organized by seniors' advocacy nonprofit RetireSafe, has already generated more than 250,000 signed petitions delivered electronically to Congress.

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CMS to Award Long-Term Care Reform Grants

CMS is requesting proposals for $8 million in Real Choice Systems Change Grant funding and $5 million for Aging and Disability Resource Center/Area Agencies on Aging grants.

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Eight States To Get NCOA Grants

The National Council on Aging is making grants available to eight states to improve access among older adults to the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

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Fundamental Change Seen Needed to Improve U.S. Healthcare

In order to achieve significant gains in quality and efficiency, the health care delivery system -- the way providers are organized and care is delivered -- will need fundamental and systemic changes, say healthcare and health policy leaders.

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Going Green

In its online format, Aging News Alert gives you the ability to quickly and easily navigate through an array of Internet-based resources for additional, more comprehensive information.

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Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program

Supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies and administered by Columbia University, this national program seeks to provide professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.

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ALFA Names Year's Top Assisted Living Providers

The Assisted Living Federation of America has just released its annual list of "Largest Providers" in the assisted living business. This year's list expands the rankings from the Top 50 to the Top 70, giving industry watchers a broader view of the competitive assisted living landscape.

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Firms Team To Implement Senior Risk Reduction Demo Project

HealthFitness is working with Pfizer Health Solutions as part of a three-year Senior Risk Reduction Demonstration project designed specifically for the senior population.

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AARP and NCOA Launch New Resource on Stimulus Payment Education

AARP Foundation and the National Council on Aging have launched a user-friendly online tool to simplify the economic stimulus payment application process for millions of Americans who are not otherwise required to file income tax returns.

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Medicare Coverage of Power Mobility Devices: Tips & Reminders

When it comes to obtaining Medicare coverage for Mobility Assistive Equipment, coverage criteria -- particularly patient assessment standards -- continue to be misunderstood by providers and beneficiaries, say experts at the Washington, DC-based Center for Medicare Advocacy.

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CA City Provides Special Help To Elderly Immigrants

For many of older immigrants, life in these United States has not turned out the way they hoped.

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CMS Releases Rule Aimed At Modernizing Dialysis Centers

CMS has released a final rule that is intended to modernize the Medicare conditions for coverage for the nation's dialysis centers and promote higher quality of care for patients receiving dialysis.

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Stark Blasts Leavitt For Making 'Alarmist Statements' About Medicare

House Ways & Means health subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark is railing against Health & Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt for making "alarmist statements" regarding Medicare's future.

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$2.2 Million In Penalties Sought Against CA Hearing Aid Maker

FDA is seeking a $2.2 million penalty against a California hearing aid manufacturer for violations of federal law, including manufacturing standards violations and the failure to notify the FDA of a change in an outside supplier or vendor, which may have exposed recipients of the devices to unnecessary health risks.

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Opportunity Finance Network To Award $8.35 Million

Opportunity Finance Network commences the second annual round of the Wachovia NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance -- an awards program totaling $8.35 million for responsible lenders across the United States known as community development financial institutions.

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Bills Would Delay Hospice Repayments to Medicare

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate that would place a three-year moratorium on retroactive repayments from hospice providers to Medicare and mandate a top-to-bottom review of Medicare hospice benefits.

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Legislation Would Boost Nation's Long-Term Care Workforce

The proposed Caring for an Aging America Act of 2008 (S 2708) seeks to enhance recruitment and retention of direct care workers in long-term care settings with specialty training in geriatrics and gerontology.

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AAA Helps Aging Drivers Match Vehicle Selections to Physical Changes

The Automobile Association of America (AAA), in partnership with the University of Florida's National Older Driver Research & Training Center (NODRTC), has unveiled its "Smart Features for Mature Drivers," which identifies vehicle features that can assist drivers with visual, physical and mental...

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AHRQ'S 2007 State Snapshots Provide Broader Portraits of Healthcare Performance

An annual analysis to help health leaders identify areas of healthcare delivery that need quality improvement now includes important information such as each state's rate of obesity, health insurance coverage, mental illness and the number of specialist doctors.

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AARP's Reinhard Named Ladd Award Recipient for 2008

Susan Reinhard, AARP senior VP and director of AARP's Public Policy Institute, has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 Dick Ladd Award. The award recognizes an individual whose work in research, policy or programs improves long‑term and community‑based care.

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24th National Home & Community Based Services Conference -- Call For Sessions

The National Association of State Units on Aging and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs have announced a Call for Sessions for the 24th National Home and Community Based Services Conference.

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Medicare To Save Average of 26% For Some DMEPOS

A new method of paying for some items of medical equipment and supplies means that Medicare beneficiaries who use those items in ten select regions of the country will see average savings of 26 percent.

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10 Million Boomers at Risk for Alzheimer's

A new report from the Alzheimer's Association estimates that 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's disease in the United States.

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Announcing The Latest CD Publications Funding Directory

Guide to Private and Federal Funding For K-12 Education Programs ... Our newest grants directory is now available at Special Prepublication Savings through May 15.

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92-Year-Old Bowler Hits the Lanes Again Thanks to Video Game

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.

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Sens. Conrad, Cardin Add Budget Provision to Enhance Long-Term Care Quality

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) have collaborated to including a provision in the Senate FY 2009 Budget Resolution that highlights long-term care as an important priority.

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Bush's FY 2009 Medicare Funding Policy Takes Biggest Toll in 10 States

Analysis of the Bush administration's FY 2009 budget finds the combination of proposed budget cuts and intended regulatory changes will have the most significant negative impact on seniors in CA, NJ, NV, OR, WA, HI, CT, NH, CO, and FL.

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Hospitals File Lawsuit Against U.S. Government to Stop Medicaid Cuts

A coalition of hospitals is asking a federal court to prevent the Bush administration from implementing a proposed Medicaid regulation that would cut $5 billion in funding to safety net hospitals.

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Republicans Push Budget Plan That Looks Much Like Bush's Proposal

Congressional Republicans have responded to the Democrats $3 trillion budget proposal with one of their own -- a proposal that more closely resembles the one President Bush put forth earlier this month.

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GOP Lawmakers Press for Tougher MA Plan Marketing Rules

Rep. Jim McCrery (R-LA), ranking Republican on the House Ways & Means Committee, and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), ranking Republican on the Health subcommittee, are in the process of gathering signatures from their GOP colleagues for a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeking tougher rules governing the marketing of private Medicare Advantage plans.

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Targeted Imaging May Lead to Earlier Diagnosis of Dementia, Alzheimer's

Researchers involved in a large, multi-institutional study using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging have been able to classify different types of dementia with very high rates of success.

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Serious Questions Raised About CMS' New Medicaid Rules

The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has unveiled a new report detailing the state-by-state impacts of seven regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service that would make major, wide-ranging changes in Medicaid, the nation's largest low-income healthcare program.

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Los Angeles County Seen As Hot Spot For DMEPOS Fraud

The Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has just issued a stinging report focusing on compliance failures by Los Angeles County durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supply (DMEPOS) suppliers.

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Consumer Fraud, Identity Theft Continue Upward Trend

In its latest report on consumer fraud and identity theft, the FTC says it received more than 800,000 fraud complaints during calendar year 2007 -- at least 23% of them were reported by people 50-years old and older.

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Key Republican Supports Another Stimulus

Many Senate Republicans are as anxious as Democrats to get a second stimulus package passed that includes funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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America's 50 Best Hospitals For 2008 Named by HealthGrades

HealthGrades, widely recognized as the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization, has identified what it says are "America's 50 Best Hospitals," an elite class of top-performing facilities.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends March 31

The Medicare Part A open enrollment period began Jan.1 and ends March 31. Medicare Part A enrollment has become particularly important for lower income people.

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Measure Today's Success -- Win More Grants Tomorrow

In an excluive report for CD Publications, grant-writing expert Katie Krueger provides solid advice on how to achieve better results in winning funding for seniors' programs.

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OMB Watch: Multiple Rules Work in Concert to Undermine Medicaid

The Bush administration is pursuing or has achieved several policy goals that work to cut social support services by reducing federal funding for Medicaid programs, says OMB Watch, a Washington, DC-based watchdog organization that closely monitors the activities of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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Bush Proposes Means Testing for Part D Beneficiaries

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.

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Physician Group Practice Demo Produces Few Winners

Only two of 10 participants in CMS' demonstartion project actually met all the program's benchmarks.

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Novel Approach Strips Staph of Virulence

An international team of researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health has blocked staph infections in mice using a drug previously tested in clinical trials as a cholesterol-lowering agent.

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GAO Finds VA Unable To Soundly Decide New Pension Claims

Unlike other federal agencies with similar income-based programs, VA largely does not independently verify the accuracy of financial information provided by claimants to support initial pension program eligibility, the GAO says in a new report to Congress.

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Caremark Pays $38 Million To Settle Drug-Switching Case

Pharmacy benefits management company Caremark has agreed to pay $38.5 million in a multi-state settlement of allegations that it deceived patients when it encouraged them to switch prescription drugs under the pretense of saving money.

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GAO Honcho to Step Down; Becomes Head of the Newly Formed Foundation

David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced his intention to resign his post effective March 12 and will accept the position of president and CEO of the newly established Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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Lung Transplant Gives New Life To 75-Year Old Veteran Actor

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.

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Bush Signs Stimulus Package

President Bush on Wednesday signed the two-year, $168 billion rescue package passed by Congress last week.

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Developing the Framework for Healthy People 2020 Public Comment Meetings

HHS is convening five regional meetings to discuss development of the framework for Healthy People 2020, the national health goals for the next decade.

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Internet Alert: Valentine's Day E-Card Carries Virus

If you unexpectedly receive a Valentine's Day e-card, be careful. It may not be from a secret admirer, but instead might contain the Storm Worm virus.

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Finance Committee Examines Medicare Advantage Hard Sells

The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing detailing yet more horror stories of seniors duped into signing up for private Medicare plans that they don't want or need.

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Merck to Pay Many Millions to Settle Medicaid Fraud Case

Prescription drug maker Merck has agreed to pay $650 million plus interest to settle two lawsuits alleging the company overcharged Medicaid for three of its most popular drugs.

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Senate Passes Stimulus Plan; House to Move Quickly

The Senate late Thursday afternoon (Feb. 7) passed an economic stimulus measure that would send $600-$1,200 in rebates to most taxpayers and $300 to low-income people, including disabled veterans and the elderly.

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Purpose Prize for Social Innovators Over 60 Nomination Deadline

The Purpose Prize provides five awards of $100,000 and 10 awards of $10,000 to people over 60 who are creating new ways to tackle society's biggest challenges.

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Grassley Probes Paxil Maker GlaxoSmithKline

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, wants drug maker GlaxoSmithKline to furnish the panel with documents regarding the antidepressant medication Paxil

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Grants to States Hit Hardest by President's Proposed Budget

Grants to state and local governments have long been an important way in which the federal government supports and administers programs efficiently. The new budget, however, continues to significantly erode those grants.

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Seniors' Advocate: Misplaced Priorities Put Industry Profits Ahead of Seniors' Healthcare Spending

The head of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, Barbara Kennelly, a former Democratic congresswoman from Conneticut, is railing against the Bush Administration's FY 2009 budget.

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Part D Helping to Lower Rx Drug Costs? Maybe...Maybe Not

An assertion this week by HHS Secy. Mike Leavitt that the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is saving money for beneficiaries as well as the federal government is being characterized as "propaganda" by a key congressional leader.

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Senate Panel Posturing To Reform MA Plans

The Senate Finance Committee plans to continue monitoring and holding hearings on Medicare Advantage private fee-for-service plans this year even though the Bush White House in 2007 nixed numerous recommended changes to such plans.

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Bush's Proposed FY 2009 To Seek Significant Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid

President Bush on Monday (Feb. 4) is expected to unveil his proposed FY2009 budget, a spending plan that likely will call for significant reductions in Medicare cost growth as well as decreased spending for Medicaid

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Program Focuses on Older Adult Mental Health

These grants help communities provide direct services and build the necessary infrastructure to support expanded services for meeting the diverse mental health needs of older persons.

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Kennelly: State of Union for America's Seniors is Anything But Strong

Barbara. Kennelly, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare says the president's State of the Union address Monday "confirms that there will be no aging epiphany in the remainder of President Bush's last year in office."

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Senators Seek Task Force on Financial Stability of Entitlement Programs

The leadership of the Senate Budget Committee signaled this past week it will seek a vote on a bill (S 2063) introduced last September aimed at strengthening the long-term financial stability of Medicare and other entitlement programs.

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Upcoming Events for 2008

Here's the latest updated calendar of events for 2008.

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What's Ahead for Active Aging?

The International Council on Active Aging offers eight trends to watch in 2008 that will further define the term "active aging," especially among boomers.

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Ahead of Bush Speech, Advocate Calls for Medicare Support

Anticipating President Bush's final State of the Union speech, the executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy calls for an economic stimulus package that will help the nation's seniors, disabled people and taxpayers.

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Free Download for Grantseekers!

Really! This is absolutely free -- no strings attached. It's our exclusive Grantseeker's Checklist, four pages of "inside" information on how to maximize your chances of winning a grant.

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FDA Under Pressure to Explain Genesis of Controversial Guidance

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has fired off a strongly worded letter to Food & Drug Admin. Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, demanding release of documents related to the FDA's controversial draft guidance on off-label use of drugs and medical devices.

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Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Spending Could Harm States, Local Governments

The Government Accountability Office is warning states and local governments of an impending fiscal crisis resulting from runaway spending on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid -- a crisis that has the potential of crippling the nation within a decade.

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Proposed Inspection Cuts Seen Endangering Elders

California Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts to the Department of Social Services' Community Care Licensing Division would diminish oversight at a time when assisted living facility care is growing rapidly in California and the care needs of residents are increasing dramatically, an advocacy group contends.

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Now Available: Three New Directories for Private and Federal Grants

CD Publications, Aging News Alert's parent company, has developed three new resources to give you an edge in your search for new private and federal grants!

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New Ethics Training Available for Boomer, Senior Investment Advisors

Kaplan Financial, a provider of education and compliance solutions, is offering brokerage and investment firms a new course to certify the credibility of their sales people who reach out to retired or soon-to-be retired investors.

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Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures Way Overdue, Says DME Industry

The American Association for Homecare, while welcoming efforts by the CMS to crack down on Medicare fraud, is raising serious questions about why it has taken the government so long to act.

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Why Subscribe to CD Publications' News Products?

The problem is none of the government's websites are very easy to use, and some of them are downright impossible to navigate! At least that's what the government's own experts are saying.

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Rx Drug Benefit Fuels Fastest Growth in Medicare Spending in 25 Years

Full implementation of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit contributed to an 18.7% increase in Medicare spending in 2006, the fastest rate of growth since 1981 and double the rise in 2005.

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Course Helps Firms Approach Ethical Selling to Seniors

On the heels a congressional investigation, many financial services companies are realizing there's no time to lose in educating their sales staff about the do's and don'ts when it comes to ethical sales practices and the mature market.

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Candidates' Healthcare Proposals: Side-by-Side Summary

The Kaiser Family Foundation has created an interesting online tool that allows users to customize side-by-side comparisons of the 2008 presidential candidates' positions on healthcare.

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Did Boomers Get What They Wanted from Santa?

What did big-spending baby boomers want Santa to leave in their stockings? Age Lessons, a boomer think tank, conducted an analysis of issues and trends impacting boomers in 2007 and compiled a top-10 list of most-wanted items.

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Three Presidential Candidates Respond to Coalition of Aging Groups

Three presidential hopefuls, Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), have responded to a questionnaire regarding major issues affecting older Americans sent by the Leadership Council on Aging Organizations, a 56-member coalition.

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Additional Proposed Funding Rules Issued on Pension Protection Act

The Treasury Dept. and the Internal Revenue Service have issued proposed regulations that provide employers sponsoring single-employer defined benefit plans with guidance regarding the measurement of pension assets and liabilities under the new funding rules enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

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Four Cardiac Surgeons Pay $2.5 Million for False Medicare Claims

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.

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Ringing in the New Year with New Laws

A host of new laws on topics ranging from allowing civil unions in New Hampshire to prohibiting text messaging while driving in Washington state become effective Jan. 1, 2008. The National Conference of State Legislatures found a host of state laws in 31 states ranging from controversial to clever that will become law on New Year's Day.

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PBGC Moves to Protect Pensions at New York Racing Assn.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has initiated court action to protect the benefits of more than 1,700 workers and retirees covered by the pension plans of the New York Racing Association Inc.

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Clinton Campaign Reaches Out to Seniors

The Clinton campaign has released what it described as Clinton's "agenda to ease the burden on families that are struggling to balance caring for elderly parents, spouses and children, while meeting their job obligations."

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Generations United Launches Financial Literacy Website

This new website trains grandparents and other relative caregivers how to teach the young people in their lives about money and handling finances.

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EEOC Finalizes Controversial Rule on Retiree Health Benefits

EEOC publishes in the Federal Register a final rule allowing employers providing retiree health benefits to continue the longstanding practice of coordinating those benefits with Medicare (or comparable state health benefits) without violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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Renewed Focus on Poor Quality Nursing Homes

CMS on Nov. 29 made public a list of 54 nursing homes -- called Special Focus Facilities -- that provide especially poor quality care to their residents. Interestingly, the CMS list includes no more than three facilities in any state; California, with 1,400 nursing homes, has only one SFF on the list.

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OIG Probes Medicare Costs Associated with Hospice Care

HHS' Office of Inspector General found that beneficiaries in nursing facilities tended to be older and more likely to have ill-defined conditions, and their time in care was longer and more costly.

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Senate Passes Final Bill with No Cuts to Homecare

This year's final Medicare bill, which passed in the Senate Dec. 18 by unanimous consent and which is slated for a vote in the House Dec. 19, does not contain any provisions relating to oxygen, wheelchairs, or durable medical equipment competitive bidding.

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Radio Program, Research Points to Opportunities for Older Workers

Americans aged 50+ are not only the biggest consumer market, they're also a burgeoning pool of talent that businesses are quickly realizing they either need to hold onto or bring back from retirement.

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CMS Taps 5 Organizations for Senior Risk Demo Project

It's been nearly two years since CMS first announced plans to embark on a demonstration project aimed at promoting health and wellness for seniors by way of preventive healthcare techniques.

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Omnibus Spending Bill Maintains Domestic Focus

Lawmakers Sunday completed work on a $516 billion omnibus budget package that would include the FY 2008 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and the 10 other unapproved appropriations bills.

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Public-Private Partnership Seeks to Prevent Falls

Strengthening state coalitions and links between aging services network and healthcare providers to help prevent falls among older Americans and lessening the economic burden of these falls is the focus of a new public-private partnership.

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New Directory of Social Service Grants Now Available

If you're responsible for tracking down private grant funding, a new report from CD Publications is bound to make your job a whole lot easier.

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New Directory of Social Service Grants Now Available

If you're responsible for tracking down private grant funding, a new report from CD Publications is bound to make your job a whole lot easier.

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Center on Senior Transportation Seeks RFPs for Demo Grants

The National Center on Senior Transportation is soliciting proposals from aging/human service agencies, tribal organizations, faith-based organizations, units of state and local government, public and private transportation providers and other entities interested in developing and implementing innovative approaches to increasing senior transportation options and improving older adult mobility.

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Nominations for the Achievement in Environmental Justice Award

EPA seeks nominations for the Achievement in Environmental Justice Awards. Nominations must be postmarked by Jan. 11, 2008.

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PBS Poised for Special Project on Alzheimer's

PBS is about to air "The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's" -- a two-hour special aimed at helping people better understand and cope with the fearsome disease of Alzheimer's.

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Know Your Appeal Rights for Traditional Medicare

After a Medicare-covered 3-day inpatient hospital stay, beneficiaries in traditional Medicare are eligible for up to 100 days of skilled nursing facility care.  To be covered, the care must be skilled, must be daily, and must, as a practical matter, need to be rendered in an inpatient facility....

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Podcast Explores Home Care Provider's Experiences in West Coast Fires

A major provider of at-home care for seniors, makes available, free of charge, a new episode of "The Senior Care Podcast" focusing on emergency planning.

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Retirement for Low-Income Workers Could Be Less Secure

So-called "direct contribution" savings plans can provide a meaningful contribution to retirement security for some workers but may not ensure the retirement security of lower-income workers, finds the Government Accountability Office in a new report.

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Panel Notes Progress in Nursing Home Reform but Calls for More

Much progress has been made since passage of the Nursing Home Reform Act 20 years ago but much remains to be done, say panelists at a Dec. 7 forum sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Study: Seniors Unable To Afford Rx Drugs

A least two-thirds of seniors in California can't afford their perscription medications, find the authors of a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Democrats' Budget Plan Falls Apart; New One Adheres More Closely to Bush's

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has decided not to introduce a $522 billion omnibus budget package that was to have included the FY 2008 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill (HR3043) and 10 more unapproved appropriations bills, as well as additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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NIA's Web Training Curriculum Now Available

The National Institute on Aging has just released the Toolkit for Trainers, a free, downloadable training curriculum that instructors can use to help older adults find reliable health information online.

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AARP 'Baffled' by Administration's Medicare Inconsistencies

AARP's top executive sends a letter to Health & Human Services Secy. Michael Leavitt outlining AARP's priorities for a Medicare bill and questioning Leavitt's plan.

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Half of Older Adults Go Unscreened for Colon Cancer

Only half of all Americans age 50 and over have had a colonoscopy, one of several common screening tests for colon cancer, according to the latest news and numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality.

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New Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics Focuses on Baby Boomers, Work

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its 10-year projections of employment and labor force trends for the 2006-2016 decade, shedding light on an aging workforce.

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Age Discrimination Law a Success, but Needs Improvement

While the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) has improved conditions for older workers, is "a work in progress," says John Rother. director of policy and strategy for AARP.

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What Is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds make it possible for you to put together your own customized list of news and information.

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What Is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds make it possible for you to put together your own customized list of news and information.

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IP Access for Public, Higher Ed Libraries

Did you know that public and/or higher education (school/university) libraries can recieve this news service by way of IP access? And at no additional cost!

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IP Access for Public, Higher Ed Libraries

Did you know that public and/or higher education (school/university) libraries can recieve this news service by way of IP access? And at no additional cost!

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IG Finds Lower Power Wheelchair Prices

HHS's Office of Inspector General finds power wheelchair prices much lower on the Internet than through Medicare.

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Major New Initiatives Focus on Elder Abuse

The World Health Organization has developed a global strategy for the prevention of the abuse of older people, and the Dept. of Health & Human Services' Admin. on Aging (AoA) has launched a new National Center on Elder Abuse.

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Book Takes Long, Hard Look at Long-Term Care

In what appears to amount to part-educational piece, part-lobbying ammunition, Genworth Financial unveils a compilation book designed to raise awareness regarding the long-term care industry.

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CMS Lists Poor-Performing Nursing Homes

CMS has released the first ever ranking of the nation's poor-performing nursing homes.

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HUD Awards Grants to Convert Multifamily Projects into Assisted Living Facilities

New York: Residents of seven states will find themselves living in upgraded apartments more equipped to meet their physical needs thanks to more than $22.2 million in grants from the Housing & Urban Development Dept. (HUD). On Oct. 31, HUD Deputy Secretary Roy Bernardi unveiled HUD's Assisted Li...

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CMS Names First Locale for Clinical Lab Competitive Bidding Demo

CMS has selected the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA, metropolitan area as the first of two locations for a competitive bidding demonstration for clinical laboratory services provided to fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries.

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UC Berkeley Seeks Research Subjects 50+

The U. of California at Berkeley is seeking healthy adults over the age of 50 to participate in research that ranges from psychology & social science to optometry & neuroscience.

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Proper Exit Strategy Could Make the Difference for Retiring Boomers

Baby Boomers preparing to cash out on their real estate, stocks, collections and businesses could lose 15-50 percent of their assets and run out of money if they lack important capital gains tax advice.

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AoA News: High Ratings from White House; $1M in Alzheimer's Demo Grants

The Admin. on Aging (AoA) reports that programs it administers under the Older Americans Act received the rating of "effective" after a review by the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB). "Effective" is the highest grade a program can receive under OMB's Program Rating Assessment Tool...

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Retired Food Broker Organizes CA Food Bank Produce Network

   California: What really tries the soul of Gary Maxworthy, retired food broker and founder of California Farm to Family (CAFTF), the network that hooks the state's food banks up with low-cost produce that otherwise would be tossed in a landfill, is when he visits the Central Valley farms...

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