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Residents angling for a good time

Residents angling for a good time

Residents of the Cartmell Home for the Aged in Palestine, TX, can no longer participate in some of the area's popular pastimes, such as hunting and rodeo. But they can still show off their rod-and-reel skills.

Government report: Family size, obesity rate among question marks as long-term care spending surges

Long-term services and supports could increase from 1.3% of the U.S. gross domestic product to more than 3% by 2050, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis.

Surveyors should consider facilities' visitation policies for same-sex couples, CMS memo states

Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes must extend the same spousal visitation rights to all residents regardless of sexual orientation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified in a June 28 memorandum.

Five-Star Rating report shows nursing home quality on the upswing

Five-Star Rating report shows nursing home quality on the upswing

A substantial number of nursing homes improved their overall Five-Star Quality Rating between 2009 and 2011, according to a recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services analysis. The proportion of facilities with a one-star overall rating decreased from 22.7% in January 2009 to 15.6% in December 2011, and the proportion with a four- or five-star overall rating increased from 35.2% to 43.2%.

Provider advocates strike hopeful note as LTC Commission meets for the first time

With mere months to make progress on the deep issues facing the long-term care industry, the Congressional Long-Term Care Commission held its first official meeting Thursday. LTC stakeholders issued statements following the meeting focused on what the group might accomplish, declining to dwell on potential roadblocks it faces.

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