Senate Special Committee On Aging

New report highlights need for Alzheimer's research

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A new report has compelled one of the leading advocates for Alzheimer's research in the U.S. Senate to renew a call on the federal government to significantly boost research funding for the disease, or face a near quadrupling of treatment costs over the coming decades.

Scrap hospital rule: experts

Scrap hospital rule: experts

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Medicare should cover people who go to a skilled nursing facility without a preceding hospital stay, experts recently told the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Medicare should pay for skilled nursing services without a qualifying hospital stay, experts tell Senators

Medicare should pay for skilled nursing services without a qualifying hospital stay, experts tell Senators

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The time has come to eliminate hospital stay requirements for beneficiaries to qualify for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing services, experts told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Senators blast Medicare audits, say RAC payments should be changed

Senators blast Medicare audits, say RAC payments should be changed

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The Medicare claims review process is unfairly burdening healthcare providers and failing to improve program integrity, due in part to the payment system for certain auditors, Senate leaders said during a roundtable hearing Wednesday.

Caring for Holocaust survivors the focus of Senate hearing

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Providers with Holocaust survivors will find special value in an upcoming hearing held by the Senate Special Committee on Aging. "Aging in comfort: Assessing the special needs of America's Holocaust survivors" is the title of the Jan. 15 hearing. It begins at 2:15 p.m. (Eastern) in Room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Building in Washington and will feature testimony from some of the nation's top experts on this caregiving challenge.

Review targets stolen money

Review targets stolen money

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Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a government review of how nursing homes handle facility-managed trust funds.

Senators call for OIG review of nursing home trust fund practices

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Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a special review of how nursing homes handle residents' money placed in trust funds. The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), cited a recent USA Today report as the reason for the request.

Law would require monthly reports on nursing home antipsychotic use

Law would require monthly reports on nursing home antipsychotic use

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A legislative proposal would require long-term care facilities to produce a monthly aggregate report of antipsychotic utilization in each facility, in addition to conducting a drug regimen review process.

Letter: Assisted living group pushes for industry involvement to prevent 'pension poaching'

Letter: Assisted living group pushes for industry involvement to prevent 'pension poaching'

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Collaboration between senior living operators and the Veterans Administration is necessary to prevent the financial exploitation of elderly veterans, a leading provider group said Wednesday.

Senate committee approves extension of resources to combat elder abuse

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that includes protections for violence against the elderly.

Hearing highlights Aging Committee's accomplishments

In a Senate hearing commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Special Committee on Aging, committee chairman, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) said funding for home and community based services should not be cut.

Senate Special Committee on Aging to host forum on aging issues

The Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding a forum Wednesday to commemorate the committee's 50th anniversary, titled: "Aging in America: Future Challenges, Promise and Potential."

More funding for assisted living watchdogs is needed, advocates say

More funding for assisted living watchdogs is needed, advocates say

Increasing funding for watchdog organizations is the most effective way to protect assisted living residents, according to testimony given by operator groups at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing yesterday.

Government should be able to lower Medicare prescription drug prices, panel says

Government should be able to lower Medicare prescription drug prices, panel says

Further legislation is needed to empower the federal government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices in Medicare, a bipartisan panel concluded Thursday.

Assisted living advocate calls for more public financing, less federal regulation of industry

Assisted living advocate calls for more public financing, less federal regulation of industry

The issues facing Medicaid coverage in assisted living are fundamentally economic, not regulatory, according to at least one participant in Tuesday's roundtable discussion on assisted living held by the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Martinez to resign, Tennessee senator likely to become ranking member of aging committee

Martinez to resign, Tennessee senator likely to become ranking member of aging committee

Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), who is ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, disclosed on Friday that he stepping down as senator.

Senate aging committee hearing focuses on hurricane, disaster preparedness in nursing homes

Senate aging committee hearing focuses on hurricane, disaster preparedness in nursing homes

The Senate Special Committee on Aging met Wednesday to address the importance of emergency and disaster planning and the need for improved coordination between policy makers and long-term care providers.