Inside Florida’s largest retirement community researchers using new brain-mapping technology are trying to peel back the secrets of the brain. The goal: Make world-changing discoveries about how our minds work that could lead to earlier detection of Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.
Three major organizations representing the interests of nursing home operators and assisted living facilities -- Florida Argentum, LeadingAge Florida, and Florida Assisted Living Association -- filed a combined petition last month challenging Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) emergency rule requiring assisted living communities to obtain resources within 60 days, such as a generator and fuel, to support and sustain operations for at least 96 hours following a power loss.
The lack of sufficient emergency shelters to house evacuees along with their dogs and cats in Florida's Miami-Dade metropolitan area may prolong older pet owners' hesitation to leave home when a hurricane hits.
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, older adults and people with disabilities will require additional help to ensure they have access to the Medicare benefits they rely upon.
Deaths among white U.S. men and women aged 45-54 rose significantly between 1999 and 2013, according to a new analysis funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). This change reverses decades of progress in mortality and was unique to non-Hispanic whites in the United States.
The program supports the establishment of model demonstration projects that engage state vocational rehabilitation agencies in partnerships with other entities to develop and use career pathways to help individuals with disabilities.
The program will support research dealing with adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 24 with serious, advanced illnesses, including end-of-life/palliative care models.
Emergence of the orogram is important because hospitalization is disrupting to elderly individuals and puts them at greater risk for complications and infections.
The new program focuses on research and hands-on approaches to help improve the brain health of older adults.
Masterpiece Living (MPL), a Florida-based multi-specialty group that partners with other organizations around the nation for the purpose of helping older adults maximize their potential, has launched its Centers for Successful Aging (CSA) Certification process.
Since this program's launch, the rate of new residents moving to the community has tripled. But officials at the community say the most important measures of success are seen in residents' health and quality of life.
The move-in process for residents of The Terraces at Bonita Springs, a new senior living community located in southwest Florida, is now underway with about 300 older adults moving in during the next few weeks.
A 91-year-old woman was not allowed to die naturally, a desire she had made clear to her daughter and others, when she first learned she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease many years ago.
Departing from Port Canaveral, FL, the Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas will tour the Eastern Caribbean, stopping in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Cococay.
CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), has acquired Culpepper Place of Fayetteville, a senior housing community in Fayetteville, AR, from an affiliate of Foster Hospitality Group for $14 million.
ElderSource, the Area Agency on Aging for northeast Florida, has just completed hosting four health fairs and free flu vaccination clinics in an effort to reach older adults in the Jacksonville area with information about the dangers of flu and the importance of receiving an annual vaccination against it.
The community, with a $21.6 million construction budget, is expected to open in late 2013 and will join 17 other communities managed by HRA.
The Area Aging on Aging of North Florida, in partnership with area Alzheimer support organizations, aging related service providers, senior centers, caregivers and health organizations, recently hosted its 14th annual Caregiver Forum in Tallahassee.
The $21.6 million to-be-built assisted living and memory care community, HarborChase of Villages Crossing, will be located in Lady Lake, FL adjacent to The Villages, the largest retirement community in the country.
Off and on for the past 30 years, inventor Robinson Gourley has worked on water ion technologies which have applications in the energy and health-related fields.
The program is designed to facilitate the early identification, assessment, documentation and communication about changes in the status of nursing home residents and provide the necessary tools to manage conditions before they become serious enough to necessitate a hospital transfer.
One of the top-ranked and longest-operating public relations firms in the Southeast is celebrating its 20th year with a major rebranding and ambitious goals for the next two decades.
Homewatch CareGivers, an international provider of home care services, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to open 17 additional offices in South Florida, to further support the state's senior population.
Vitas Health Care Corp. of Florida, a Miami-based hospice care provider, will pay $65,000 and amend its "reasonable accommodation" policy to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The topic intrigued this 41-year-old associate professor of sociology at FSU's Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy (who, by the way, views herself as middle-aged) because "there are so few clear markers of its boundaries, unlike adulthood or old age," she says. Few studies have examined people's views of middle age compared to young adulthood or old age.
Tech Boot Camp, held each summer, flips the traditional teaching model on its head, with young people serving as teachers and mentors to the older generation.
The Sarasota, FL-based Institute for the Ages, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to the innovation of age-related products, services and policies, has named Tom Esselman as its new CEO.
Lazaro Acosta, 41, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami to one count of currency structuring to avoid reporting requirements.
Dr. Niharika Suchak, an associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics, has been named Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society. She will receive the award in May at the group's annual scientific meeting.
Sandra Jimenez, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive illegal health care kickbacks.
The owner and operator of a Broward County, FL-area halfway house pleaded guilty Monday (Jan. 9) for his role in a Medicare fraud kickback scheme that funneled patients through a fraudulent mental health company.
Miami-area resident Farah Maria Perez, a registered nurse, pleaded guilty Wednesday (Aug. 31) for her participation in a $25 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false billings for home health services. Perez, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard in Miami to one co...
After a six-day trial, a jury in the Southern District of Florida found Judith Negron, 40, guilty of 24 felony counts, including conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive illegal health care kickbacks, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and structuring to avoid reporting requirements.
Two Miami-area corporations, American Therapeutic Corporation and Medlink Professional Management Group Inc., have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Miami for a fraud scheme resulting in submission of more than $200 million in bogus claims to Medicare.
Most of the players' buy-in money was given to children -- in this case, funding need-based scholarships for kids at a local day care and special-needs summer camp. But the concept just as easily applies to fundraising for seniors-related needs, too. Call it poker with a conscience.
A federal judge in Florida has struck down a requirement in the new healthcare law calling for nearly all Americans to buy health insurance, and in so doing, questions the constitutionality of the entire healthcare reform law. "I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate," wrote U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson.
Three industry experts offer advice on how to sell to potential homebuyers in the 50+ sector, as part of educational session this week at the 2011 National Association of Home Builders' International Building Show in Orlando, FL.
Fewer than half of all Boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) embrace the concept of the traditional "retirement community," says Margaret Wylde, CEO of Oxford, MS-based ProMatura Group market research and consulting. Wylde is among presenters at the
The M. B. & Edna Zale Foundation (formerly The Zale Foundation) honors the tradition of its founders through grants that stimulate change. To accomplish this mission, the foundation acts as a catalyst for collaboration and makes grants in communities where the directors live or have an interest.
In a groundbreaking decision, Medicare will pay for lifestyle education programs offered by Miami-based Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa for qualifying individuals with a history or risk of cardiovascular events, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has disclosed. The decision makes the Pritikin Center the first and only residential healthy-lifestyle education program in the country to offer Medicare-covered intensive cardiac rehabilitation, or ICR.
Interested in emerging technology associated with aging, Peter Scharff began to research trends associated with an people who want to age-in-place, e.g., remain in their current homes rather than relocate to a retirement community. Memories of his own grandmother falling at home and struggling on the floor for two days before she was discovered left him feeling like there was a need to be filled for older people who wish to remain at home.
Over the course of six years caring for seniors still living independently, Nicci Kobritz, RN, president of Youthful Aging Home Services in Sarasota, FL, began noticing an increasing number of clients coming into her agency with memory issues. Disturbed by this growing trend, the question became how to design a program focusing on memory that would produce results. Her research led her to create a brain health program called Longevity.
Realizing that more and more commercial enterprises are transitioning their business plans to include a Web presence, Morey Wright identified an opportunity to create a business model structured around the two things he most loves working with: computers and older people. Thus, he founded Netcrossers, a service that provides online information and phone assistance to people who are not -- how shall we put this? -- tech savvy.
If you worh for or operate a nonprofit seniors services center in Florida, you've got a new resource available that's designed to help extend your organization's reach. Florida's new iToolkit can help nonprofits interested in improving their social media presence. The toolkit provides instructions on how to build Facebook and Twitter pages. It offers guidance on posting videos and establishing RSS feeds and addresses general legal and privacy concerns surrounding social networking.
One in 15 hospital patients fall victim to preventable medical errors, and as many as 30,000 people die every year as a result. After the death of their mother from a minor, yet undetected, hospital infection, brothers Steven and Michael Rothman, founders of Rothman Healthcare Research, developed an index to assist hospitals in more closely monitoring the condition of patients.
The Chicago-based Retirement Research Foundation is now accepting proposals for its general grants program, which supports direct service, advocacy, research, and education and training programs for professionals working directly with elders. Proposals are due Aug. 1.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued two notices to Quality Health Plan (QHP) with intent to impose intermediate sanctions and a civil monetary penalty (CMP) on the Tampa, FL-based insurer for failure to comply with a number of administrative and contract management requirements.
As expected, 13 states filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday (March 23) in an effort to strike down President Barack Obama's healthcare reform initiative. The states' attorneys general filed their complaint in the Northern District of Florida, alleging that the federal government violated the states' rights as "sovereigns and protectors of the freedom, health, and welfare of their citizens and residents."
If a newly released university study holds up to further scrutiny, it could lead to a completely new way of attacking Alzheimer's disease. It involves radiation produced by cell phones, which other research suggests can be harmful.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is launching a national initiative to educate seniors on the risks of medical imaging for those with electrical implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators, based on an NCOA survey released Feb. 17. The survey found doctor-patient communication for patients with electronic implanted devices is often inadequate.
The AbShield fix comes at a time when tens of thousands of homeowners -- many of them retirees who purchased homes in or near Sun Belt retirement communities -- have been forced from their houses as a result of the odor-emitting Chinese drywall product.
A publicly traded homebuilder with significant Chinese drywall problems in its Florida active adult communities files a lawsuit against 14 insurance providers in hopes they will cover drywall-related damages incurred by homeowners.
Guidelines that will allow use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money to help homeowners pay for renovations of homes plagued with toxic Chinese drywall are on the drawing board at the Department of Housing & Urban Development. This intervention by HUD comes as welcome news to thousands of retirees whose Sun Belt retirement homes have been rendered virtually uninhabitable by the suspect drywall.
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have approves legislation aimed at addressing the growing toxic drywall problem, but the measure is only a prelude to possible rescue legislation that could emerge early next year.
Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a report today (Wednesday, Nov. 11), "Preventing and Treating Diabetes: Health Insurance Reform and Diabetes in America." The report comes one day after Sebelius toured a healthcare center in Bradenton, FL where she met with patients and Floridians who care for people with diabetes.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is awarding $29.5 million in grant support over the next two years to determine whether a specific physical activity program can stave off disability in older people.
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.
Howard Stone has a message for those who counsel older people about post-retirement lifestyles. Indeed, for Stone, retirement just won't do. It's a nice place to visit, but no one should ever want to live there, he says. Stone, at age 64, became a "life coach" and launched a training service for older people called 2youn2retire.
Four prominent senators on Thursday (Oct. 22) introduced legislation aimed at strengthening the law enforcement community's ability to combat elder abuse. The Senate measure would be a companion bill to the proposed Elder Abuse Victims Act (HR 448), which was introduced by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) and overwhelmingly passed by the House earlier this year by a vote of 397-25.
Pinellas County, FL has a thriving coalition focused exclusively on creativity and aging issues. Last year, the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall coordinated the formation of the Partners for Creative Aging in Pinellas with representatives from the community, government, education, arts and aging services.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) is seeking grant applications to provide disaster reimbursement and assistance funds to state-level units on aging (SUAs) and tribal organizations that are currently receiving grants under Title VI of the Older Americans Act (OAA). Some $500,000 is being made available for this program, and AoA plans to make up to seven awards.
Two men -- defendants Jose Luis Perez, of Golden Beach, FL, and Reinaldo Guerra, of Miami, FL, -- have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud, Medicare fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to the indictment, the fraud involved durable medical equipment (DME), whi...
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has issued 250,000 copies of its annual Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders to help Florida seniors and their families prepare for disasters and emergencies. A Spanish language version has also been widely distributed. The Guide provides useful and timely information about what steps individuals can take to stay safe, and what resources are available throughout the state and in their communities.
Eight Miami-Dade County, FL, residents have been indicted in connection with an alleged $22 million Medicare fraud scheme operated out of Miami businesses purporting to specialize in home health care services. A temporary restraining order freezing assets of the indicted defendants and their companies was also filed.
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), ranking Republican on the Special Committee on Aging, is pushing a measure aimed at updating the U.S. Census' function questions. The measure, Martinez says, would help improve the nation's long-term care services and support systems. By replacing a small portion of the Cen...
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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday (April 13) identified 14 communities around the nation that have been chosen for the agency's Care Transitions Project, which seeks to eliminate unnecessary hospital readmissions.
A federal indictment charges three South Florida men with participating in a scheme to defraud the Medicare program. Charged are defendants Alejandro Gonzalez, of Davie, Robert Rodriguez, and Manuel Camacho, both of Miami, FL. The defendants are charged with multiple counts of mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in this multi-million dollar fraud case.
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.
As part of its Quaker Go Project, Quaker Oats has announced a new grant program to support people working to combat hunger at the community level. This is a great opportunity for Meals on Wheels programs and other nutrition-related projects that serve seniors. But you need to get moving right away. Deadline for submissions is March 31.
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.
The Donors Forum of South Florida is seeking nominations for its annual Impact Awards. This program honors funders of individual grants/initiatives that have had a positive impact on the community and/or demonstrated long-term support of a nonprofit.
The continuing allure of private parks is good news for many Sunbelt cities, whose economies thrive on the annual influx of winter visitors, though some seniors have cut back on meals out and other expenses. With a volatile stock market and a daily barrage of negative economic reports, one might expect "snowbirds" -- i.e., retirees in northern states -- to forego their annual trek south to private campgrounds and RV resorts across the Sunbelt.
The continuing allure of private parks is good news for many Sunbelt cities, whose economies thrive on the annual influx of winter visitors, though some seniors have cut back on meals out and other expenses. With a volatile stock market and a daily barrag
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.
A Miami physician and nurse have been sentenced to 30 years and seven years in prison, respectively, in connection with their roles in an $11 million HIV infusion fraud scheme. The 30-year prison sentence is one of the longest terms ever given to a physician in a federal Medicare fraud case.
Bayer HealthCare LLC has agreed to pay the United States $97.5 million plus interest to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to a number of diabetic suppliers and caused those suppliers to submit false claims to Medicare, the Justice Department says. The settlement resolves allegations that Bayer engaged in a cash-for-patient scheme through which the company paid 11 diabetic suppliers to convert their patients to Bayer’s products from supplies manufactured by its competitors
One in four baby boom generation households (26%) expects to move from their current home in the future, with the majority looking for a single-level home that is more comfortable or convenient, according to a new survey prepared for AARP.
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.
Federal prosecutors tell us that Miguel Almanza, formerly of Hialeah, FL, has pled guilty in connection with a $56.7 million Medicare fraud scheme. U.S. Justice Department officials say Almanza operated and controlled 13 durable medical equipment (DME) companies, and three medical clinics located in Miami-Dade and Hillsborough Counties. Using these 13 companies, Almanza and his co-conspirators submitted nearly $57 million of false claims to Medicare for medical equipment, prescription medications, and outpatient medical services.
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.
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today has awarded 10 grants totaling more than $12 million over three years through the Older Adults Targeted Capacity Expansion Grant Program to help communities meet the special mental health needs of older Americans.
The Internal Revenue Service has just released a notice designed to help eligible homeowners who received federal reimbursement grants stemming from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita or Wilma take advantage of a new tax provision.
Eight Miami-Dade County residents have been charged in a 16-count indictment for their alleged roles in a Medicare fraud scheme involving fake HIV infusion treatments.
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.
The Department of Health & Human Services has activated more than 1,600 agency personnel to assist Gulf states in preparing for and responding to Hurricane Ike, including support for medical evacuations which began late Wednesday night and continues today in Corpus Christi, TX. In preparation for Hurricane Ike, HHS has activated the National Disaster Medical System, a federally coordinated operation that can assist state and local officials in dealing with major disasters.
State offices on aging in Gulf Coast states affected by Hurricane Gustav are evaluating the impact of evacuations as people return and are very concerned about continuing storm activity in the area. "If we have to evacuate again in a couple of days it will take a huge toll, especially on the elderly," Margaret McGarity, program monitor in the Louisiana Governor’s Officer of Elderly Affairs, tells Aging News Alert.
Although Hurricane Gustav evacuees in Gulf Coast states, including the elderly who reside in nursing homes, are being allowed by authorities to return to their homes, there has been no comprehensive assessment of how much damage the storm did and the condition their residences. Meanwhile, the state officials are carefully analyzing weather information to assess whether another evacuation may be required.
The Department of Health & Human Services is implementing the Disaster Case Management demonstration program to make it easier for disaster victims to obtain a wide range of assistance and socialcservices. The program will aid people from the Louisiana parishes covered under President Bush's disaster declaration related to Hurricane Gustav.
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.
The evacuation in the wake of Hurricane Gustav of nearly 2 million people, including elderly residing in nursing homes, has gone smoothly, Moya Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Admin. on Aging (AoA), tells Aging News Alert. But she cautions that state and local officials have not yet begun a survey of the areas hit by the storm.
A regional grant-making strategy developed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is ready to be followed again if needed during the current hurricane season, Chris Crothers, communications director of the Jackson, MS-based Foundation for the Mid South.
Are you affected by Hurricane Gustav? Need information about applicable waivers and modifications? Here's what you need to know.
United Way has launched the United Way 2008 Hurricane Recovery Fund to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout the states that have been devastated by the intense 2008 hurricane season. Several Gulf Coast states have been severely affected by Hurricane Gustav, with thousands of people evacuated and untold destruction to homes and businesses. People throughout Florida and other Southeast states are now bracing for Hurricane Hanna, with other major storms immediately following.
Three south Florida defendants have been given lengthy prison terms following their convictions for a Medicare scam that resulted in fraudulent reimbursments of hundreds of millions of dollars for durable medical equipment (DME).
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.
Miami physician Dr. Ronald Harris, and Miami resident Mariela Rodriguez each pleaded guilty this week to defrauding the Medicare program in connection with a $37 million HIV infusion fraud scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) tells us.
As the more than 76 million baby boomers approach retirement, an imminent talent shortage is affecting the workforce and many U.S. companies will be challenged with a significant loss of experienced workers. This talent drain can be partially alleviated if companies entice older workers to remain in the workforce longer, say Joan Strewler-Carter and Stephen Carter, the husband/wife team that co-founded the Life Options Institute, an organization dedicated to helping people plan for life after age 50.
"Employers and plan administrators want to comply with the tax laws and regulations to protect plan participants," says Michael Julianelle, director of the IRS’s Employee Plans division. "EPCRS helps employers and plan administrators take a proactive role in identifying and fixing mistakes. It also encourages implementation of practices and procedures that ensure retirement plans comply with laws and regulations."
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have published a final rule requiring the installation of sprinkler systems in all long-term care facilities by Aug. 13, 2013. The American Health Care Assn., which worked with CMS t...
While reporting on the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), passed July 15 to override a veto by President Bush, focused primarily on the provisions canceling a pay cut for physicians that went into effect July 1, the Center for Medicare Advocacy issued a release citing other...
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued Revenue Ruling 2008-45, which states that a transfer of a tax-qualified pension plan from an employer to an unrelated taxpayer when the transfer is not connected with a transfer of significant business assets, operations, or employees, is not permissible under current law.
The search for the highly fabled, disgustingly illusive "Fountain of Youth" continues into the 21st century -- more than 600 years after Juan Ponce de León first claimed he found it somewhere in what is now northern Florida. Today, the quest for eternal youth is scientific in nature -- and researchers are more determined than ever to succeed.
CMS is taking several actions to improve the quality of care in hospitals and reduce the number of so-called "never events" -- i.e., preventable medical errors that result in serious consequences for the patient. A final acute care inpatient prospective payment rule that went on display Thursday (July 31) at the Office of the Federal Register for publication Aug. 18, updates Medicare payments to hospitals for FY 2009 and provides additional incentives for hospitals to improve the quality of care provided to people with Medicare.
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.
Federal authorities have arrested three people -- David Hernandez and Laura Hernandez of Pembroke Pines, FL, and Jose Miguel Hernandez, of Hialeah, FL -- on one charge each of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, and eight counts of Medicare fraud. Additionally, David Hernandez was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and eight counts of money laundering.
Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Steven Kessel has affirmed the Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General's (OIG) imposition of administrative sanctions under the Civil Monetary Penalties Law (CMPL) against Cary Frounfelter and Kast Orthotics & Prosthetics Inc. The ALJ upheld the OIG's imposition of a $100,000 civil money penalty, a $42,220 assessment, and a seven-year exclusion against Frounfelter and Kast.
As a result of the July 15 enactment of the Medicare Improvements for Patients & Providers Act of 2008, the mid-year 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rate of -10.6% has been replaced with a 0.5% update, retroactive to July 1.
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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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.
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.
Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) wants the Food & Drug Administration to scrutinize information it received from drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) about the anxiety disorder drug Paxil -- an anxiety disorder drug used by hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, set for Sunday, June 15, is an opportunity to focus much needed international attention on the problem. Every community and organization that participates will intensify the message that "our elders deserve better."
Claiming that the proposed Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2008 "needlessly discriminates against long-term care providers and the patients and residents in our nation’s nursing facilities and assisted living residences", the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law that pre-dispute arbitration agreements are a viable legal option for long-term care consumers and providers, and their use should not be eliminated by passage of overzealous legislative remedies.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General has just released four reports focusing on Medicare- and Medicaid-related issues. Two of the reports deal with how the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is made available to residents of nursing homes.
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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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.
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.
A senior-leve representative of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) argues that the long-term care profession has pioneered transparency and disclosure efforts among U.S. healthcare providers, and outlined a variety of reforms designed to ensure seniors and every long-term care stakeholder benefits from smarter, more effective oversight of the nation's long term-care system.
The National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) seek Research Project Grant applications from organizations that want to study the biology of thymic involution and the decline of naive T cell production, differentiation, and function in the aged population. The deadline for applications is June 18.
"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.
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.
AARP, the nation's largest advocacy organization representing people over 50, is offering to host a series of what it describes as "joint forums" for the presidential candidates. The purpose of the proposed forums, says AARP Executive VP Nancy LeaMond, is provide a venue in which the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees can discuss their respective positions on the issues of healthcare and financial security.
As Illinois Democrat Sen. Barack Obama closes in on his party's presidential nomination, he and his opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), continue to present their respective plans for fixing the nation's ailing healthcare system at forums throughout the country.
CMS unveils its interim final rule aimed at implementing certain provisions of Sec. 114 of the Medicare, Medicaid, & SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 regarding long-term care hospitals.
The Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work is aimed at bringing outstanding, talented, skilled people to the field of gerontological social work to train practitioners, research best practices, and set future directions.
Florida budget officials have approved the transfer of $300 million from the Lawton Chiles Tobacco Endowment for Children & Elders to help pay for social and healthcare services for about 40,000 residents enrolled in the state's Medically Needy and Medicaid Aged-and-Disabled programs.
For a lot of older adults, cooking becomes an increasing burden as they age. DineWise, a direct marketer of chef-prepared meals, recognized the need and developed its own line of meals for older adults.
President Bush has signed into law legislation aimed at helping prevent falls among senior citizens. The Safety of Seniors Act of 2007 (S 845) authorizes new programs to help prevent falls among older adults through public education, research and demonstration projects.
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.
The Weinberg Foundation will help community partnerships develop innovative ways to support these devoted caregivers.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) has introduced legislation aimed at improving the Medicare telehealth program. The proposed Medicare Telehealth Improvement Act of 2008 (S 2812) would expand Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine in several ways.
As the first of the nation's 78 million baby boomers begin reaching age 65 in 2011, they will face a healthcare work force that is too small and woefully unprepared to meet their specific health needs, says a new report from the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine.
If you're 60 or older, you may be at risk of getting shingles. For some people who get shingles, the malady is short-lived and only mildly uncomfortable. For many others, shingles can be a long-lasting ailment causing considerable pain.
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.
The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) has fired off a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Kerry Weems asking for an extension in the 10-day contract evaluation window for providers that were offered contracts in Round One of competitive bidding.
The IRS will accept applications for a part-year Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grant from qualified organizations that will provide services to qualified taxpayers in the following areas: Los Angeles; Central Oregon; Boise, ID; Minneapolis; Reno and Las Vegas, NV; St. Louis; Brownsville and Laredo, TX; Southwest Florida; New Mexico; Colorado; Mississippi; and Northeast Pennsylvania.
Legislation that would make Medicare prescription drug plans pay drugstores twice as fast as Medicare pays other providers could cost the program and its beneficiaries at least $3.3 billion over the next decade, finds a new by PricewaterhouseCoopers that was commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that colorectal cancer testing in the United States has been rising steadily since 2002, a sign of slow but encouraging progress in the fight against a cancer that's largely curable when caught early, and can even be prevented in some cases.
A new report from the Alzheimer's Association estimates that 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's disease in the United 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.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is reviewing draft recommendations to Congress regarding skilled nursing facilities, prescription drug plans and primary care.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) is committed to protecting seniors from telemarketing and mail fraud schemes, and has several resources available for that purpose.
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.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) wants to force a vote during the budget resolution on an amendment that would require Congress to stop borrowing Social Security surpluses.
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.
The Admin. on Aging has $4.6 million for 28 awards to fund Senior Medicare Patrol projects.
The U.S. Department of Labor has unveiled a new online resource that makes it easier for Americans to prepare for a financially secure retirement.
Bolder Broadcasting Inc., an Orlando, FL-based content provider specializing in the 45+ market, launches GrowingBolder.com, a unique online community for men and women (we daren't use the "O" word here) interested in living life to its fullest.
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.
Only two of 10 participants in CMS' demonstartion project actually met all the program's benchmarks.
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.
The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition has advised Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. regarding Kaiser's purchase and use of discounted pharmaceuticals in connection with a proposed program to provide healthcare services to people covered under health benefits plans offered by self-insured employers.
The Bush White House is poised to propose legislation aimed at eliminating excessive Medicare spending, thus reducing reliance upon the so-called "Medicare funding warning" provision contained in the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement & Modernization Act of 2003.
Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, the nation's first Baby Boomer, on Tuesday (Feb. 12) became the first of her generation to receive a Social Security retirement benefit.
The quarterly Reverse Mortgage Market Index shows a decline in senior home values and home equity held for the third quarter of 2007.
A senior member the House Ways & Means Committee ins pressing Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to provide proper clarification on proposed Pension Protection Act (PPA) regulations related to asset smoothing.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has issued two new Medicare Part D Data Spotlights focusing on Medicare drug plan formularies and utilization management techniques.
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."
The rapid growth in the nation's healthcare expenditures and overall demographic trends pose a challenge to Medicare's financing in the 21st century.
Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, has found that 75% of Medicare drug plans continue to hike the cost of prescriptions for 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.
Aging News Alert offers a quick update of the newest aging-related resources on the Internet.
The Reynolds Foundation expects to commit up to a total of $20 million under this call for proposals. Up to 10 grants will be awarded, each totaling up to $2 million over four years, with a limit of $500,000 in each grant year.
This new website trains grandparents and other relative caregivers how to teach the young people in their lives about money and handling finances.
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.
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.
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.
Five more members of Congress agree to add their names to the list of those who have already chosen to support HR 621, the Home Oxygen Patient Protection Act.
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.
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.
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.
The federal government recently launched a new funding program aimed at keeping older Americans out of more-expensive nursing homes.
Employment law experts told an AARP forum about the historical importance and future role of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has developed a free training curriculum for those who teach and work with older adults.
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.
A just-released AARP survey of aged 50+ voters in the key state of Florida shows 80% of "swing" voters in that state's primaries are likely to change their position before they vote based on health and financial security issues.
At the request of the Food & Drug Admin. (FDA), U.S. marshals have seized about $71,000 worth of products from Florida-based FulLife Natural Options Inc. after FDA determined that FulLife violated food and drug law by promoting certain products for use in treating serious conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure -- maladies often affecting seniors.
It appears hospice providers are being penalized for caring for patients who live longer than six months.
The HHS Office of Inspector General found a disproportionate number of Medicare claims for treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in three south Florida counties and recommends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandate site visits for certain types of providers before certifying them as eligible to participate in Medicare.
Florida: CMS officials terminate another Florida Medicare Advantage (MA) plan as state insurance officials take control of the company. A state judge ordered SunCoast Physicians Health Plan in Fort Lauderdale to be liquidated because it doesn't have sufficient emergency cash reserves.&n...
The Health & Human Services and Justice Depts. step up their campaign against Medicare fraud by eliciting a guilty plea from Rita Campos Ramirez, owner of Miami, FL-based R&I Medical Billings, who admitted she submitted more than $170 million of fraudulent bills between 2002-06.Campos was em...