Megan Combs

Megan Combs was Associate Editor of I Advance Senior Care / Long Term Living from 2013-2018.

Researchers: Simple blood test can predict onset of Alzheimer’s

Scientists have found a set of genes that should function properly for healthy aging in people who are 65 years old. Read More »

Omnicare wins $300M alleged fraud case

Omnicare was accused of offering "illegal remuneration to skilled nursing facilities in exchange for referrals to its pharmacy business." Read More »

‘Sneak peak’ of LeadingAge Ziegler 150 released

Ziegler released an early glimpse of the LeadingAge Ziegler 150 in an email last week. Read More »

Type 2 diabetes may encourage neurodegeneration separate from Alzheimer’s

A new study in Neurology finds that diabetes and brain tangles are separate from Alzheimer's disease. Read More »

Yardi acquires Optimus EMR, steps into post-acute care market

Yardi expands its senior living software and steps into the long-term/post-acute care market by acquiring Optimus EMR Inc. Read More »

GAO to conduct review of Nursing Home Compare tool

After being scrutinized by senators in three states, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to conduct a review of the Nursing Home Compare tool. Read More »

Racial divide in hospice use, care directives continues to grow

Kaiser Health News reports only a third of African American Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in hospice before death, compared to half of white beneficiaries.  Read More »

CMS announces initiative to improve care in nursing homes

The new initiative provides funding to would allow nursing homes to test a new payment model. Read More »

Study: Memory problems may start three years before dementia diagnosis

New research finds residents may start losing their memory as many as three years before they're diagnosed with dementia. Read More »

2015 World Alzheimer Report: 5 stats you should know

Alzheimer's Disease International has released its 2015 report on the global impact of dementia. Read More »

LeadingAge exec appointed to IOM health policy board

Robyn Stone, DrPH , is the senior vice president at LeadingAge and the executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research Read More »

SNF consultancy startup earns capital investment

Janus Choice, LLC helps improve the hospital discharge process and helps patients select the right skilled nursing facility. Read More »

SNFs repond to the new MDS-focused survey process

Have you experienced this new surveyor process yet? Be ready for scrutiny of your ADL services and documentation. Read More »

MA nursing homes must meet standards to advertise dementia care

Massachusetts nursing homes are no longer allowed to advertise memory care services unless they meet specific state standards for care. Will this become a trend nationwide? Read More »

Federal court upholds wage laws for home health workers

The law guarantees overtime and minimum wage protection to home healthcare workers. Read More »

Study: Working long hours increases stroke risk

People putting in long hours at work may be increasing their chance of stroke by one-third. Read More »

Tableware design helps those with cognitive impairments eat better

Designer Sha Yao has created tableware for those with cognitive, physcial and motor impairments. Read More »

How will you celebrate National Senior Citizens Day?

How are you celebrating the day with your residents?  Read More »

WVa now requires state, national criminal background checks for LTC workers

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources now requires fingerprint-based state and national criminal background checks for long-term care workers. Read More »

CMS adds more participants to bundled payments initiative

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced that 2,100 participants have moved on to the contract, risk-bearing period of the bundling pilot program. Read More »

Rating app Yelp adds nursing home reviews

The popular rating app has partnered with ProPublica to add nursing homes and hospitals to its repertoire. Read More »

New Senior acquires independent living assets for $640M

New Senior Investment Group acquired 28 private pay, independent living properties from Holiday Retirement.  Read More »

Nursing home residents at higher risk for dehydration

Seniors living in nursing homes are more likely to be dehydrated than seniors living independently, according to a new study. Read More »

AHCA/NCAL names the 2015 gold quality award winners

Four long-term/post-acute care providers have earned this year's top quality awards from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Read More »

CMS extends execution delay for ‘two-midnight’ rule again

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has pushed the deadline for the "two-midnight" rule to the end of the year. Read More »

MA lawmakers propose new rules for closing, selling nursing homes

Massachusetts lawmakers are asking that the process companies go through to sell or close a nursing home become more public.  Read More »

Daytona Beach college students to bunk with local seniors

A group of Stetson University students will share a hotel-turned-assisted living facility with Daytona Beach's older adults.  Read More »

New app helps families and caregivers coordinate visits, tasks

CareMonster, a caregiving app startup, helps families take care of elderly loved ones, but also has a business model that can be adopted by providers. Read More »

Alzheimer’s Foundation stresses relationship building in new training video

The six-hour video training course taps the insights of several geriatrics experts and incldues the oppportunity to apply for an AFA certificate in dementia care. Read More »

Capital One buys GE Capital’s healthcare finance unit for $8.5B

Capital One acquired $8.5 billion of healthcare-related loans and the Healthcare Financial Services of General Electric Capital Corporation. Read More »