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Retirement Foundation Seeks Applications for Capacity-Building Grants

The program provides support to nonprofits in Illinois interested in making long-term improvements in their management, governance, and/or organizational capacity.

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Seniors Log Thousands of Hours in Fitness Challenge

Seymour Bartlett has an interesting way of stretching his quadriceps. “I take a seat on a rising and lowering machine, hook my feet, and lean back until my heels touch my butt. Can you picture that?” asked the resident of Sedgebrook senior living community in Lincolnshire, IL.

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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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Projects to Boost Disability Employment

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.

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Illinois CCRC Names New Executive Director

Thomas A. Smith has been named executive director for The Holmstad, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Batavia, IL, and operated by Covenant Retirement Communities Inc.

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Midwestern Store Chain Provides Nutrition Grants

The program's goals include: increasing distribution of food to needy people; increasing access to food assistance in local communities; connecting clients utilizing food assistance programs to additional services and improving organizational efficiency to deliver hunger relief services and information.

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Active Centenarian Still on the Go at Age 104

Rather than simply experiencing her triple digit age, Kathryn Marwitz is enthusiastically embracing it and enjoying just about every minute.

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Active Residents Drive Programs at Monarch Landing

The culture at Monarch Landing is, and always has been, that residents themselves steer and nurture the many programs and activities in their vibrant community.

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Assisted Living Facility Racks Up Incredible Number of Volunteer Hours

More than $287,000 worth of volunteer service was accrued over the course of the past year at Friendship Village of Schaumburg, an assisted living community in the Chicago suburbs.

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Oak Trace Names New Exec Director

Before joining Oak Trace, her served as senior vice president of operations for three years at Christian Homes Inc., a senior living organization based in the Midwest. He also previously held senior leadership positions at Extendicare Health Services and Golden Living Senior Care.

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Gerontology Program Revamped in Anticipation of Surging Aging Population

"Well-trained gerontologists are needed now more than ever," says Lydia Manning, PhD, associate professor and program leader for gerontology at Concordia University Chicago. "Professionals credentialed with graduate degrees in gerontology will be in demand to create new programs, products and opportunities to help older adults age well."

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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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Firm Completes Supportive Living Complex in Champaign, IL

Rosemont, IL-based McShane Construction Co. has completed a comprehensive renovation and new construction services for Eden Supportive Living, a 150-unit supportive living development in Champaign, IL, about 180 miles south of Chicago.

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Beacon Hill Health Center Achieves 5-Star Rating

Beacon Hill has been awarded a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2013. Located in the Chicago suburb of Lombard, IL, the senior living community has earned a perfect score every year since the ratings began in 2008.

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Illinois Rejoins AHCA/NCAL

Illinois left the Association Jan 1, 2008, citing a more pressing need of its members to focus on the challenging Medicaid and reimbursement fights the state faced.

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Taking Private Duty Homecare to a Whole New Level

The Joint Commission's accreditation process for health care services evaluates key functional areas such as processes for verifying the credentials and competencies of caregivers.

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Illinois Seniors Benefiting From Financial Planning Program

Older residents of Cook County, IL, who may be struggling with their finances are benefiting from a free program that examines their economic needs and identifies ways to effectively meet them.

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Medline Named Among Best, Brightest Firms in Chicago

Medline Industries Inc., the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care products in the United States, has been named one of "Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" based on the company's "exceptional human resources p

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'Dine with a Doc' Program Links Seniors and Healthcare Pros

The Effingham County Committee on Aging of Effingham, IL, has implemented a creative and no-expense program that brings local physicians and seniors together in a congregate meal setting.

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Nightclub and Senior Non-Profit Team Up To Raise Funds

A nightclub called Durty Nellie's might not be the first place you would expect a senior fundraiser to be held, but the venue has been a successful partner with Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council since 2007.

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'Small House' Concept Offers Skilled Nursing in a Residential Setting

SAS Architects & Planners, a full-service firm specializing in senior living, healthcare and commercial use project, has been retained to design "small house" eldercare housing for Victorian Village, a senior living community in the Chicago suburb of Home

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Buffett Invests In Illinois Affordable Housing for Seniors

Affordable Housing Partners, owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, will invest in a $29 million center for seniors on Medicaid in the Chicago suburb of Lansing. Affordable Housing is a subsidiary of Buffett's holding company, Berkshire Hathaway.

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GreenFields Celebrates $137 Million Senior Living Community

The finishing touches are being put on GreenFields of Geneva, a $137 million Life Care community sponsored by Friendship Senior Options NFP which has been under construction in Kane County, IL since September 2010.

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(ENVIRONMENT) Senior Housing Project Earns Top Green-Building Standard

The measure marks the first time a senior housing facility under the control of a public housing authority has met the nation's leading environmental criteria, the Leadership in Energy & Evironmental Design (LEED) standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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(FRAUD) Home Healthcare Business Owners, Suspended Podiatrist Nabbed for Alleged Medicare, Visa Fraud

Two owners of a suburban Chicago home health care business and a suspended podiatrist were arrested Wednesday (July 20) on federal charges relating to alleged Medicare fraud in excess of $1.5 million and an alleged attempt to illegally obtain a work visa for one of the owners.

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(GRANTS) Funding for 24 States Help Add to Respite Care for Seniors

Grants help further implement the requirements of the Lifespan Respite Care Act by promoting collaboration of state aging agencies and state respite coalitions that enhance and expand the availability of Lifespan Respite services in the state.

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(INTERGENERATIONAL) Generations of Hope Creates Neighborhoods of Support for All Ages

Brenda Eheart and Martha Power, both PhD's, spent a great deal of time studying the issue of "revolving door" foster care children before coming up with the idea for Generations of Hope, a unique developer of intergenerational communities located in Rantoul, IL, in the east-central part of the state.

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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) Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Proposals for Grants

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.

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(TELECONFERENCE) Congressional Dems Move to Reassure Public about Benefits of Healthcare Reform

Two leading congressional Democrats on Friday told reporters there has been too much partisan rhetoric around the issue of healthcare reform, and it has left many Americans misinformed about the benefits of the new law. "There is going to be an aggressive effort to explain the bill because there have been so many mischaracterizations," says Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), "especially to the elderly."

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(AWARDS) Eight Nonprofit Organizations Garner Encore Opportunity Honors

To honor organizations that are making it easier for experienced workers to transition into encore careers -- paid jobs offering meaning and the chance to make a social impact -- Civic Ventures and MetLife Foundation, during a press conference in Washington, DC on Tuesday (Nov. 17), named winners of the 2009 Encore Opportunity Awards: eight nonprofit and public sector organizations that are tapping "encore" talent to serve the common good. Each organization will receive a $2,500 cash prize.

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(ELDER ABUSE) Illinois Nursing Home Task Force Poised to Hear Testimony

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) new Nursing Home Safety Task Force will hear testimony from elder care advocates, service providers and residents in an open, public meeting later today (Tuesday. Oct. 20).

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(EYE CARE) Doc Offers Tips on 'Eye-dentifying' Common Vision Problems in Diabetics

A highly respected Chicago-based opthamologist reminds organizations and other entities providing services to seniors that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged 20 to 74.

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IG Finds $7.4 Million in Overpayments for Hospital Services in IL, IN, KY, and OH

Of the 303 high-dollar payments that the federal government made to hospitals in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio for inpatient services during calendar years 2004-2006, only 39 were appropriate, says the Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG). The remaining 264 payments included net overpayments totaling more than $7.4 million.

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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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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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Deadline Approaches for Senior Medicare Patrol Grants

The deadline for grant applications for the 2009 Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program is fast approaching. March 13 is the closing date for this significant funding opportunity.

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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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PBGC Assumes Hull House Association Pension Plan

The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has assumed responsibility for the pensions of more than 500 employees and retirees of the Jane Addams Hull House Association in Chicago. After determining that the non-profit community service organization would be unable to generate enough funds from operations or financing to cover accumulated pension funding deficiencies, pay its debts and remain in business, the PBGC stepped in to become trustee of the Hull House Association Pension Plan.

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Obama Puts Governors On Notice

Asking for workable ideas, innovative programs and fiscal responsibility, President-Elect Barack Obama admonishes the nation's governors at a meeting in Philadelphia to get their houses in order before coming to the federal government for a handout.

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Condell Health Network, Medical Center To Pay $36M Settlement After Self-Reporting Possible Healthcare Fraud

Condell Health Network, parent corporation of Condell Medical Center, a 283-bed hospital in Libertyville, IL -- after voluntarily disclosing that it received improper Medicare and Medicaid payments -- has agreed without litigation to pay the United States and the state of Illinois $36 million as a result of filing false claims for reimbursement. Condell, the largest healthcare provider in Lake County, IL, made the voluntary disclosure earlier this year while in the process of being acquired by Advocate Health Care, of Oak Brook, IL, which was scheduled to be completed Monday (Dec.1).

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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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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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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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Recessions & Bear Markets: The Connection Isn't As Close As You May Think

Recent economic and capital markets developments have contributed to a surge in stock-market volatility, leading some investors to worry that the odds of a recession have risen -- along with the risk of a significant market downturn. Many investors are nervous because they assume an economic recession would lead to a decline in corporate profits, which would likely push stock prices down.

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Seniors-Related Healthcare Pension Fund Beneficiaries Organize Revolt

Pension fund beneficiaries will call on the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) and Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) boards of trustees to take their fiduciary responsibilities more seriously and protect retirement assets from bad investments inside their monthly meetings.

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WI Insurance Regulator Wants Authority Over MA Plan Sponsors

A state insurance regulator and a top official of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services disagree about what authority states should have to regulate Medicare Advantage plans. The discussion occurs during a Sept. 22 session of the annual Medicare Conference of America's Health Insurance Plans.

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CMS Initiative Aims To Help Medicare Beneficiaries’ Caregivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today (Thursday, Sept. 18) launched "Ask Medicare," a new initiative to help family caregivers -- those who are family members or friends who help people with Medicare -- access and use valuable healthcare information, services and resources. CMS launched the initiative through a live Webcast hosted by CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems.

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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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McCormick Foundation, Partners Launch Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief Campaign

The Chicago-based McCormick Foundation has teamed up with the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Colorado Rockies, CW11 New York (WPIX-TV), the Denver Newspaper Agency, Fox 61 Hartford (WTIC-TV), KTLA-TV Los Angeles, Newsday, North County Times, and WGN Radio 720 AM to raise money for victims of Hurricane Ike, which has battered the Texas coast and is working its way across the state.

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NIA to Fund Research on Older Cancer Patients

The grants will support translational research in the overlapping areas of aging and cancer, linking basic and clinical research relevant to older cancer patients through both bench to bedside and bedside to bench approaches.

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AMA To Congress: Now Is The Time To Reform Medicare Physician Payment System

Congress has created a window of time to fix the fatally flawed Medicare physician payment system, says the head of the American Medical Asssociation (AMA), Dr. Nancy Nielsen. In testimony today (Thursday, Sept. 11) before the House Ways & Means health subcommittee, Nelson urged lawmakers to quickly enact permanent reform in order to "achieve the vision of a healthcare system that provides quality, cost-effective care."

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AMA Offers Tips To Help Grandparents Make The Most Of Their Healthcare

In recognition of Grandparents Day this Sunday (Sept. 7), the American Medical Association (AMA) is reaching out to grandparents with tips to make the most of their healthcare and stay healthy so they can continue to play a vital role in their grandchildren's lives.

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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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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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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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Sexual Activity Continues Into The Golden Years

Sexuality and aging is often treated with tremendous sentimentality or derisive humor. Sometimes it is difficult for people to conceive of sex drive and passion among elderly except in terms of lechery, but these views are receding.

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ASA, MetLife Foundation Sponsor MindAlert Awards

            The American Society on Aging and the MetLife Foundation are MindAlert awards of $1,500 each to recognize innovations in mental-fitness programs for older adults. One award will be made to a program in each of the following categor...

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Physical Frailty May Be Linked To Alzheimer's Disease

Physical frailty -- common in older people -- may be related to Alzheimer's disease pathology, find the authors of a new study slated to appear in the upcoming Aug. 12 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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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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Medicare Changes Can Compliment Healthcare Reform

System-wide reform of healthcare financing and delivery is key both to controlling Medicare expenditures and to slowing the growth of health care costs in the private sector, say analysts at Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, a liberal-oriented think tank in Washington, DC.

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Senate Panel Document Shows Success Of Pilot Program For LTC Worker Background Checks

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, on Thursday (July 31) unveiled an official "Committee Print" on the success of a seven-state pilot program to conduct background checks on long-term care workers, created by Kohl and authorized under the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.

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CMS Moves To Improve Payment Accuracy For Inpatient Rehab Services

CMS has issued a final rule aimed at improving the accuracy of payment for services furnished to people with Medicare who need the intensive rehabilitation services provided by Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). These include patients who are recovering from serious illnesses or injuries, such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, amputations and a number of other conditions.

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Groups Pleased with Reverse Mortgage Changes in Housing Bill

As a far-reaching housing bill passes the House and is poised to do the same in the Senate, representatives from AARP and the Nat'l Reverse Mortgage Lenders Assn. are all smiles with the measure's proposed changes specific to mortgage options for 62+ homeowners.

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Groups Pleased with Reverse Mortgage Changes in Housing Bill

As a far-reaching housing bill passes the House and is poised to do the same in the Senate, representatives from AARP and the Nat'l Reverse Mortgage Lenders Assn. are all smiles with the measure's proposed changes specific to mortgage options for 62+ home

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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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Levin: Bogus Medicare Payments For DME Unacceptable

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, is raising serious questions about the integrity of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' payment policies with respect to durable medical equipment (DME).

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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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Pilot Program Saves $700 Million In Improper Medicare Payments, Report Says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is trumpeting a new report offering fresh evidence that the recovery audit contractors pilot program is successfully identifying improper payments. The findings will also help the agency improve the program as it is expanded nationwide within two years, CMS officials say.

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Senate Passes Controversial Medicare Bill With Physicians' Pay Fix

The Senate on Wednesday voted 69-30 to pass (by a veto-proof margin) the Medicare Improvements for Patients & Providers Act (HR 6331). The bill prevents a controversial 10.6% cut in payments to doctors who care for seniors in Medicare -- providing them instead with a 1.1% pay increase -- and improves access to care for low-income seniors.

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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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Alliance Launches Online State-by-State Help For Family Caregivers

The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance has launched the Family Care Navigator online guide intended to help families in all 50 states locate government, nonprofit, and private caregiver support programs. The easy-to-use Navigator lists programs for family caregivers as well as resources for older or disabled adults living at home or in a residential facility. It also includes information on government health and disability programs, legal resources, living arrangements, disease-specific organizations, FAQs, a glossary and more.

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Proposed Rule Jeopardizes Nursing Home Quality, AHCA Says

The American Health Care Association (AHCA), in formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), says the agency's proposed rule on the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) for FY 2009 jeopardizes quality in the nation's nursing homes. AHCA's comme...

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Center For State Courts To Create Center For Elders And The Courts

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is launching a Center for Elders and the Courts as a result of a grant award from the Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago.

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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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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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Stark, Camp Introduce Bill To Delay DME Bidding Program

House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark (D-CA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) have introduced HR 6252, legislation that would delay the competitive bidding program for Medicare's Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS).

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Aging Revolution Summit Set For Philly

This national summit will bring together top healthcare and aging services innovators, policy makers and providers to debate and explore critical senior healthcare and housing issues facing our nation.

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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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Patients ‘Overdose’ On Debt As Lenders, Docs, Hospitals Push Risky Credit

Some of the biggest names in the consumer credit business, including GE Money, Citigroup and Chase, are pushing risky credit for financing medical procedures, according to the latest issue of Consumer Reports, published by the nonprofit advocacy group Consumers Union.

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CMS Outlines Rights of Medicare Hospice Patients

Medicare beneficiaries with terminal illnesses have their right to determine how they receive end-of-life care outlined for the first time in a new regulation soon to be published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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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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CBO: Healthcare Will Account For Nearly 20% Of All Federal Spending Within 75 Years

The Congressional Budget Office, in a just-released report to Congress, projects that total federal spending on Medicare and Medicaid will grow from 4% of gross domestic product in calendar year 2007 to 9% in 2032 and 19% in 2082.

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Hospital's Former Owner Charged In Connection With $64.2 Million Civil Healthcare Fraud

The former owner and chief executive of the bankrupt Edgewater Hospital & Medical Center is facing federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago relating to the federal government's efforts to collect a $64.2 million civil healthcare fraud judgment against him.

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Minnesota Ruling May Limit Tax-Exempt Status For Nonprofits

With waning budgets at the state and federal levels, officials are questioning the logic of tax-exempt status for all nonprofits, which is worrisome for the sector because many are struggling despite receiving the benefit.

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Consumers Union To Launch Online Hospital Rating Service

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, is set to launch an online project that rates services at more than 3,000 hospitals around the nation.

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Nat'l Senior Health & Fitness Day Set For May 28

Organized as a public/private good health partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, Senior Health & Fitness Day will offer fitness activities for older adults at more than 1,000 locations including hospitals, park and recreation departments, senior centers, health clubs, retirement communities, houses of worship, health departments and other community locations.

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Indiana Retirement Community Looks, Feels More Like Resort

Concierge services, a personal valet, indoor pool-Jacuzzi, day spa, library, and a five-star chef are all perks that will be available to residents of The Stratford at WestClay, a $65 million project with 215 residences developed by the Stratford Companies.

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Foundation Seeks Chicago Houses Of Worship For Accessible Faith Grants

To be eligible for an Accessible Faith Grant, the facility and congregation must be registered as a certified 501(c)(3) religious organization; be located within Cook, Lake, or DuPage County in Illinois; provide programs and activities -- beyond worship services -- that benefit older adults.

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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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Farm Bill To Make Wide Rage of Improvements to Nutrition Programs

A new analysis shows that the 2008 Farm Bill would make numerous improvements in domestic food assistance programs to help low-income Americans put food on the table in the face of rising food and fuel prices.

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Hawaii Lawmakers Override Veto; Approve Rx Drug Import Program

Lawmakers in Hawaii have overridden Gov. Linda Lingle's veto of a bill that will allow the state to enroll in I-SaveRx, a program that enables residents to purchase lower-cost prescription drugs from other countries.

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Study Focuses On Glaucoma Patients With Poor 'Health Literacy'

Glaucoma patients in urban areas who have poor "health literacy" appear to miss more appointments and to have worse disease understanding and greater disease progression than patients with adequate health literacy, find the authors of a new report.

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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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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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CMS Requirement Of Early Evidence Submission Seen As Barrier To Appeals Process

Medicare beneficiaries who wish to appeal when their claims are denied face a daunting obstacle: the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) demand that beneficiaries submit evidence supporting their claims early on in the appeals process.

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Hearing Focuses On Government's Hiring, Retention Of Older Workers

Over the next five years, more than half a million permanent full-time federal employees-or about one-third of the full-time federal workforce-will be eligible to retire. In 10 years, more than 60% of the federal workforce will be retirement-eligible. Such were the core issues discussed Wednesday (April 30) during a Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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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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Critical New Info Added to CMS Nursing Home Compare Website

Medicaid beneficiaries and families searching for top quality long-term care services can find critical new information added today to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' website "Nursing Home Compare."

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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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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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Court of Appeals Upholds PCMA Challenge to D.C. Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in a unanimous three-judge decision, has issued an opinion supporting the position of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) and holding that it is entitled to renew its constitutional challenge to the fiduciary-disclosure provisions of the District of Columbia's AccessRx Act of 2004.

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Chicago Sec. 8 Wait List First Time In 10 Years

Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) Sec. 8 program opens its waiting list for the first time in a decade and at least 200,000 hopefuls -- many of them low-income elderly people -- are expected to sign up before the list is closed May 15.

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Grants Improve Access To Primary Care, Avoid Unnecessary ER Visits

CMS) unveils grants of $50 million to 20 states to help improve access to primary medical care so that Medicaid beneficiaries could avoid improper use of costly hospital emergency rooms.

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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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High Court Declines To Hear Legal Challenge To EEOC Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear a legal challenge brought by AARP regarding an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling that permits employers to reduce benefits for retirees who reach age 65 and become eligible for Medicare.

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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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PCMA: 'Prompt Pay' Legislation Could Cost Medicare $3.3 Billion Over Next Decade

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.

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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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Alliance for Caregiving, MetLife Foundation Seek Applications for Caregiving Awards

The National Alliance for Caregiving and the MetLife Foundation tell us that applications will soon be accepted for the 2008 National Family Caregiving Awards Program.

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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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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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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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Senate Panel Hears that Elderly Would be Helped by Farm Bill Passage

Several witnesses at a March 5 hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging urge passage of a farm bill that contains provisions which would increase food stamp benefits for the elderly, make more seniors eligible for food stamps and reduce barriers that inhibit seniors from applying

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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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Senate Republicans Offer Medicare Fix

Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from many White House budget requests, but its Medicare plan isn't one of them.

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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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GAO: Many State, Local Government Retiree Health Plans Underfunded

Many state and local governments offering retiree health benefits generally have large unfunded liabilities, says the GAO in a just-released report.

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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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Increasing Use of Home Care in Long-Term Care Insurance Policies

The 2007 Society of Actuaries' examination of claim experience from 1984-2004, under long-term care insurance policies, shows a significant change in the types of services received as compared with their 2002 report.

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No Country For Grumpy Old Men? Maybe ... Maybe Not

It's one thing to wonder whether Americans are ready to elect a woman or an African-American to the presidency. But the more relative question is whether Americans are ready to elect a grumpy old white man.

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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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Heinz Fellowship in Issues of the Aging Now Accepting Applications

The John Heinz Senate Fellowship program provides an opportunity for mid-career professionals in aging to learn public policy as a member of the U.S. Senate staff.

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Is Nursing Home Culture Change Coming to the For-Profit Sector?

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund discusses results of a 12-month evaluation of Beverly Healthcare's resident-centered care initiative -- one of the nation's largest nursing home chains.

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FTC Staff Issues Advisory Opinion on Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

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.

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Analysis: Cost of Providing Care to Seniors Continues To Rise

A new analysis shows that the federal government spends more on seniors than on any other group or program.

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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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Nation's First Boomer Receives First Benefit Check Via Direct Deposit

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.

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Groups Comment on Proposed DOL Rules on Pension Funds

ASPPA and CIKR submit comments and recommendations to the Labor Dept. about proposed ERISA regulations, which provide clarification on what constitutes a reasonable arrangement between employee benefit plans and service providers to plans to assist plan fiduciaries in assessing the reasonableness of the compensation or fees paid for services rendered.

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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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Report: Most Innovative Policy Work on Aging Happening at State Level

With a new understanding of the upside of the aging baby boom generation, leaders of several state governments are taking the initiative to develop policies and programs that make the best use of boomer experience.

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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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Numerous Interest Groups Decry Bush's Budget

Here's a sampling of the disgruntlement inspired by President Bush's proposed FY 2009 budget.

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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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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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New Part D Data Spotlights on Formularies, Utilization Management

The Kaiser Family Foundation has issued two new Medicare Part D Data Spotlights focusing on Medicare drug plan formularies and utilization management techniques.

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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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Advocacy Group Exec: 'President Punts on Medicare'

President Bush, during his Monday night State of the Union speech, "punted on Medicare, lumping together Medicare with Medicaid and Social Security and telling Congress to fix them," says Judith Stein, executive director of the Washington, DC-based Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA).The CMA works on...

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Upcoming Events for 2008

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

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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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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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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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Helping Seniors Avoid Winter Weather-Related Falls

Winter weather that results in melted snow and ice can cause potentially dangerous and hazardous conditions for everyone

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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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First Rigorous Analysis Defines Impact of Medicare Part D

The most thorough study to date of the impact of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit found that this benefit led to a 13.1% decrease in out-of-pocket expenses for patients and a 5.9% increase in prescription use.

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Renowned Organ Manufacturer Focuses on Boomers' Health

Healthcare issues such as paying for medical expenses, universal healthcare and rising drug costs topped the list for seniors in a recent Lowrey Organ survey of 2000 LIFE Members, a nationwide music group sponsored by Lowrey.

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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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Funding for Accessibility Improvements in Chicago Area Houses of Worship

The Retirement Research Foundation has announced continuation of its Accessible Faith Grant Program in 2008. The program makes funds available to Chicago-area houses of worship for accessibility improvements to their facilities.

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Bad News for Beneficiaries: CMS Decreases Medicare Summary Notices

Just when you thought the government was done tinkering with Medicare, the feds pull a fast one. In the fall of 2007, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed the delivery schedule for Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs).

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New York Times Blasts Medicare Advantage Plans

Numerous Medicare Advantage (MA) plans "prey on elderly Americans despite state, federal and industry efforts to stop them," The New York Times said in a Dec. 26 editorial, adding that this is "yet another reason to rein in these operations by eliminating their unjustified subsidies."

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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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AFAR Accepting Applications for Student Training Program

Students participate in an eight- to 12-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics appropriate to their level of training and interests.

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Targeting Caregivers: How to Help Them Help Their Loved One

An estimated 34 million Americans provide care for a family member or friend aged 50+, according to AARP. Many of these caregivers are themselves over 50. And their help is not just hands-on, but also from the wallet.

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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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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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HHS Approves Medicaid Waiver for Indiana Health Plan

HHS has approved a Medicaid waiver allowing Indiana to implement an innovative healthcare proposal giving approximately 120,000 low-income, uninsured residents access to critical healthcare services.

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Senate Panel Eyes Reverse Mortgages

Prompted by litigation and reports of lenders leading seniors into inappropriate loans, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing to investigate the explosive growth of the reverse mortgage industry.

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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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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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Medicare, Elderly Patient-Related Legislation Gaining Steam

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.

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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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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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AARP Iowa Members Want More on Healthcare, Financial Security

With only three weeks until Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, Iowa AARP members of both political parties say they are following the campaign closely, they are not yet settled on their candidate preferences, and the issues of health and financial security will weigh on their caucus decisions.

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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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Tips for Helping Elders with Depression during Holidays

While millions of people suffer late life depression year round, the situation is exacerbated during the holidays.

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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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Survey Shows Growing Expenses, Stress Levels for Caregivers

A new survey shows respondents had an estimated annual out-of-pocket expense of $5,531 -- more than 10% of the median income of the group, which was $43,026.

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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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$2.8M Available for Illinois Seniors' Home Modifications

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration has released nearly $2.8 million in grants to help Illinois seniors and residents with disabilities live independently in their own homes and communities.

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Senior Housing Developers Unphased By Temporary Overcapacity

The expected crush of aged, disabled baby boomers not only is sparking a construction boom in assisted living, independent living, nursing homes and other senior-living facilities, but outright overdevelopment of such facilities.

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Senior Housing Developers Unphased By Temporary Overcapacity

The expected crush of aged, disabled baby boomers not only is sparking a construction boom in assisted living, independent living, nursing homes and other senior-living facilities, but outright overdevelopment of such facilities.

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Purpose Prize Nominee Helps Teach Parenting to Single Mothers

Editor's Note: Civic Ventures, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to helping society get the greatest return on experience, named 15 finalists for its Purpose Prize--an award for "social innovators" over 60 who are working to solve societal problems. ANA featured two of the nominees in the...

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Hearing Focuses On Government's Hiring, Retention Of Older Workers

Over the next five years, more than half a million permanent full-time federal employees-or about one-third of the full-time federal workforce-will be eligible to retire. In 10 years, more than 60% of the federal workforce will be retirement-eligible. Such were the core issues discussed April 30 during a Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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