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Proposal would create long-term care benefit for Medicare beneficiaries

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Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) unveiled a bill on Wednesday that would create a new long-term care benefit for Medicare beneficiaries, who could use it — regardless of income or living arrangements.

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Profile: Ruth Katz, Prone to Make It Happen

Profile: Ruth Katz, Prone to Make It Happen

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Ruth Katz, SVP Public Policy LeadingAge

Providers heading to the PEAK next week

Leading nonprofit providers and stakeholders are making final plans for their trips to Washington next week for the annual LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Summit.

Profile: Bahaa Barsoum, RN

Profile: Bahaa Barsoum, RN

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A leader at the front line

Restoring hope in Puerto Rico

Restoring hope in Puerto Rico

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Three months after Hurricane Maria, many of the workers who care for Puerto Rico's seniors still don't have power or running water at home. But day after day, they show up to care for long-term care and senior living residents who have nowhere else to go.

Senior care providers get new cyber security guidance

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The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has developed new research aimed at helping senior healthcare providers better understand cybersecurity threats and mitigate risks.

LTC advocates, providers decry death of net neutrality

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Last week's vote could threaten provider and senior access to critical telemedicine tools

LeadingAge asks CMS to test new model for integrated senior care

LeadingAge asks CMS to test new model for integrated senior care

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Non-profit association pitches "visionary" community-based approach

Person-centered care paying dividends at Kansas facilities

Person-centered care paying dividends at Kansas facilities

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An in-person survey of 320 Kansas nursing homes showed that facilities with a specific approach to patient-centered care had more satisfied residents than those without it.

LeadingAge board chair about to kick off new era

LeadingAge board chair about to kick off new era

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Several thousand LeadingAge members got their first look at new board chairman Steve Fleming recently, and if initial reactions are any indication, it's going to be a wonderful relationship.

Tax bill reveals a great divide in long-term care

Tax bill reveals a great divide in long-term care

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One of the more interesting aspects of the epic battle over the tax reform bill has been this sector's response. One major long-term care organization continues to blast proposed changes while the other has remained largely silent.

Providers 'disappointed' as tax reform bill passes Senate

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The GOP's tax reform bill was passed by the Senate in a vote just before 2 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, sparking criticism from long-term care provider groups and consumer advocates alike for its potential impact on healthcare.

A new way to think about long-term care funding

A new way to think about long-term care funding

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During a talk last Monday at the LeadingAge conference, Harvard Professor Jennifer McCrea served up an interesting take on the warping nature of money.

New survey process has 'learning curve for everybody,' CMS official says

New survey process has 'learning curve for everybody,' CMS official says

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NEW ORLEANS — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new survey process for nursing homes will challenge the sector with a "learning curve," but providers can stay on top of it by utilizing the agency's training resources, one CMS official advised on Monday.

What we can (still) learn from Dr. Ruth

What we can (still) learn from Dr. Ruth

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It shouldn't have been surprising to see the throngs of folks lined up to see Dr. Ruth Westheimer, speaking during LeadingAge's annual conference on Monday. She fittingly fronted an exhibit called Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, and it was inspiring.

LeadingAge preps for convention, Halloween in NOLA

The LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo is getting ready to head to a hot place at a hot time for its biggest yearly gathering: New Orleans, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.

LTC providers: Senate vote to kill 'skinny' healthcare bill 'the right move' for residents

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Provider groups exhaled Friday following the death of a so-called "skinny repeal" healthcare bill that could have opened the door to Medicaid funding cuts.

Profile: Susan Hildebrandt

Profile: Susan Hildebrandt

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When Susan Hildebrandt discusses the challenges facing many working parents in the long-term care workforce, empathy comes up a lot.

Culture change helps reduce antipsychotic drug use, LeadingAge study asserts

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Reductions in depressive symptoms, pressure ulcers, incontinent episodes, catheter use and urinary tract infections are among the benefits for residents living in nursing homes that have implemented culture change, according to a LeadingAge Center for Applied Research study.

Full speed ahead as Sloan closes in on first anniversary atop LeadingAge

Full speed ahead as Sloan closes in on first anniversary atop LeadingAge

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Nine months after landing at the top of the LeadingAge letterhead, Katie Smith Sloan makes it clear she's only getting started.

OnShift gives LeadingAge members a PBJ discount

LeadingAge members can obtain Payroll-Based Journal Reporting software through OnShift at a reduced rate, under a new agreement.

Katie Smith Sloan is the new LeadingAge president and CEO

Katie Smith Sloan is the new LeadingAge president and CEO

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LeadingAge has promoted its chief operating officer, Katie Smith Sloan, to its top post: president and CEO.

Minnix receives Robert L. Kahn award

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LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix is the recipient of the 2015 Robert L. Kahn award, which recognizes excellence and significant contributions to the field of successful aging.

Minnix blasts 'doc fix' formula

Minnix blasts 'doc fix' formula

The "doc fix" that ends the Sustainable Growth Rate formula drew at least one long-term leader's sharp criticism. The $213 billion deal, which is still to be voted on in both houses, will be partially financed by $35 billion in cuts to Medicare beneficiaries' benefits.

OIG says critical access swing beds should be paid at SNF rates

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New legislation should be introduced to significantly change the way rural-based hospitals are reimbursed for care provided in post-acute care swing beds, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week.

Profile: Barbara Gay

Profile: Barbara Gay

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Growing up in a quintessential New England town with extended family all around, Barbara Gay always appreciated the rich relationships she had with older adults.

New rankings might wrongly show downturn, leaders fear

New rankings might wrongly show downturn, leaders fear

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Despite progress reducing off-label use of antipsychotics among nursing home residents, providers remained worried about a rebasing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services system to rank nursing homes.

Drop in antipsychotics use surpasses providers' expectations

Drop in antipsychotics use surpasses providers' expectations

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Leaders at the American Health Care Association said Monday they plan to keep the momentum going and further curb antipsychotic use in nursing homes after learning that a nearly 20% three-year decline exceeded their own expectations.