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Great moments in unintended LTC consequences

Reason.com publishes a video feature called “Great Moments in Unintended Consequences.” Each episode features three problems, three “solutions,” and comical coverage of the unanticipated results. For example, “The Luxury Yacht Tax.” The year: 1990. The problem: the national debt is exploding. The solution: a 10% luxury tax on expensive boats.  Narrator: “Sounds like a great…

Also in the News for Friday, July 23

Senate infrastructure deal closer after Medicare agreement, but provider organization worries remaining Provider Relief Funds could get lost in the tussle … A new reason to avoid ER trips: Study links ambulance rides with superbug colonization … Another drugmaker may seek expedited approval process for its Alzheimer’s drug.

Clinical briefs for Thursday, July 8

New CMS Medicare chief was health system exec, former HHS health reform director … More falls may occur in SNFs after admitting residents with existing cognitive decline: study … New health benefits emerging for glucose-lowering drugs used in diabetes type 2 … Heart drugs not linked to poor COVID-19 outcomes … Delta coronavirus variant now dominates in U.S.

Clinical briefs for Tuesday, June 29

Telehealth used in only 13% of Medicare clinician visits during pandemic … House leaders to investigate FDA approval and price of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug … Early study of mRNA flu vaccine prompted by COVID shots’ success … Arkansas beats neighboring states in LTC resident, staff vaccinations … Cognitive dysfunction better predicts residents’ post-acute outcomes than dementia diagnosis … Common antacids may improve glycemic control but don’t prevent diabetes onset

President Biden, tear down this wall

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” Thomas Sowell “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” Thomas Sowell…

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