Economist sees ‘extraordinary’ mess with Medicare, Medicaid programs

Gary Cohn
CHICAGO — Entitlement reform is sorely needed for programs such as top long-term care funders Medicare and Medicaid, a leading economist said Thursday. Gary Cohn, President Trump’s former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council and the former president of Goldman Sachs, couldn’t have been much clearer in his pessimism during a wide-ranging talk on…

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NIC’s boss: This is a time of challenges, opportunities

Brian Jurutka, NIC 2018
Challenging fundamentals and real opportunity define the seniors housing and care sector, according to a top industry leader. Current obstacles include low occupancy rates and staffing headaches, noted Brian Jurutka, president and CEO of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care. He spoke Wednesday at the organization’s Fall Conference in Chicago. Jurutka cautioned…

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Panel identifies how to gauge primary care quality in nursing homes

A panel of experts has pinpointed new indicators to help measure the quality of primary care delivered in nursing homes. The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care, or AMDA, notes that current quality measures for this space focus on facility processes and characteristics. They’re not crafted specifically to evaluate a physician’s role in delivering care…

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