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Technologies for helping the elderly and disabled to be featured at Institute of Medicine workshop

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The Institute of Medicine will host a workshop Wednesday that will focus on current and emerging technologies that can help seniors and disabled individuals live more independently. Among the highlights will be the unveiling of an updated LeadingAge "Ernesto" video focusing on assistive technologies. One of the keynote speakers will be Joseph Coughlin, director of AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who also was a top speaker at the LeadingAge annual convention in October. The daylong event can be attended in person in Washington or watched via live video webcast.

Administration proposal would ease Medicare coverage for SNF stays

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Federal health officials have agreed to changes in Medicare coverage rules that would make it easier for beneficiaries with chronic conditions to qualify for nursing home stays, outpatient therapy and home healthcare services, according to reports.

California nabs federal funding for home- and community-based program for Medicaid beneficiaries

California nabs federal funding for home- and community-based program for Medicaid beneficiaries

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California is the first state to get regulatory approval for a federally funded program aimed at keeping elderly and disabled individuals out of nursing homes.

State officials settle lawsuit to keep disabled out of nursing homes

State officials settle lawsuit to keep disabled out of nursing homes

Louisiana health officials will ask the federal government for 200 waivers that would allow disabled Medicaid recipients to receive long-term personal care services, according to the terms of a settlement.

State caregiver matching programs complement CLASS Act, study finds

Caregiver matching programs, which help elderly and disabled individuals manage their own home healthcare, are a good fit with various provisions of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, according to a new study.

Nursing home raids continue near Chicago; police arrest four residents

Police arrested four nursing home residents Tuesday in a Chicago suburb during a raid orchestrated by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, part of a series of unannounced visits.

Government releases funding to help older adults navigate long-term care

Government releases funding to help older adults navigate long-term care

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday said $68 million in grant money is available to help seniors, the disabled and their caregivers better understand options for long-term care.

Medicare less effective for younger disabled than for older population

Besides the millions of older recipients on Medicare, more than 8 million younger, disabled individuals receive benefits. But a new report finds that the system doesn't work as well for the younger beneficiaries.

A whiff of progress: Researchers develop sniffing device to allow disabled to communicate, move around

A technological breakthrough could allow the severely disabled to use their noses to communicate and even maneuver wheelchairs.

Three states fail to house disabled in most appropriate settings, DOJ argues

Justice Department court briefs filed in Florida, Illinois and New Jersey allege that the states have failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, which deals with the rights of the disabled.

GAO: Elderly, disabled voters still confront access problems

GAO: Elderly, disabled voters still confront access problems

The Department of Justice should do more to ensure that elderly and disabled individuals have voting access, a recently released report found.

Doctors feel stressed working with surrogate decision makers, study finds

Approximately 20% of doctors are not comfortable working with a severely disabled patient's surrogate decision maker, according to a new survey.

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