Also in the News for Friday, Jan. 18

Senators propose bill to ‘protect Medicaid’ from illegal immigrants … Third party to manage nursing facility where comatose patient was raped; state wants patients tested for STDs … State eyes public LTC insurance benefit … Medicare Advantage plan growth slows in 2019

Also in the News for Thursday, Jan. 17

Apple in talks with private Medicare plans about bringing smartwatches to at-risk seniors … 60% of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries say plans aren’t motivating them to improve their personal health: Survey … Intensive statin doses offer no extra benefit to nursing home residents, study asserts

Also in the News for Wednesday, Jan. 16

U.S. senator proposes expanding Medicare to include dental benefits … CMS discontinuing five skilled nursing facility denial letters … Long-term care insurance industry paid out more than $10 billion in claims last year, the first time it’s reached that mark

Also in the News for Tuesday, Jan. 15

Former American Senior Communities CEO wants sweeping fraud convictions tossed because of ‘profound conflict of interest’ … Eldercare expert urges Medicare to create new payment model for team-based dementia care … Common pain relievers may worsen C. diff infections

Also in the News for Monday, Jan. 14

Senator sounds the alarm on imminent Medicare cuts if government shutdown continues … New study touts the benefits of marijuana use at one U.S. nursing home … Provider threatens cutting services if Medicaid rates don’t improve; SNF advocates hope to see deficit addressed
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