Institute of Medicine is renamed

The National  Academy of Sciences is renaming the Institute of Medicine as part of its broader reorganization efforts. Read More »

Florida passes assisted living reforms

Assisted living professionals are cheering the passage of new regulations in Florida. One group, however, says they don’t go far enough to protect residents of the Sunshine State, which has the second-largest population of people aged at least 65 years. Read exclusive interviews here. Read More »

Home health wages are conference topic

Several speakers at the April 27 White House Conference on Aging’s regional forum in Cleveland used the event as a platform to discuss low wages in the home health field. Read More »

Social Security vital, speakers say

Retirement security is another theme of White House Conference on Aging events, and many speakers at the conference’s regional forum April 27 in Cleveland took the opportunity to stress the importance of the Social Security program to retired adults. Read More »

Is it time for an attitude adjustment?

Speakers at the White House Conference on Aging’s regional event April 27 in Cleveland said the time has come for members of our society to change the way they think about the aging process and older adults. Do you agree? Read More »

If Walker becomes president?

Do the actions of a state governor foreshadow the approach he would take and the policies he would advocate if elected to this country’s highest office? If so, then those in long-term care may want to pay attention to what’s going on in the Badger State. Read More »

Trade bill would affect Medicare, groups complain

Four large healthcare trade organizations have sent letters to the Senate and House expressing concerns over a plan to use healthcare dollars to fund provisions in trade bills, resulting in cuts to Medicare. Read More »

House subcommittee hears about bundled payments from post-acute care groups

Fans and foes of the proposed BACPAC Act, which would bundle payments for post-acute care providers, testified during a recent House subcommittee hearing. Read More »

Observation status is focus of AARP report

A new report from the AARP’s Public Policy Institute details the effects on Medicare beneficiaries who stay in a hospital under observation status rather than being admitted, and it offers recommendations to address the issue. Read More »

Workplace violence: A continuing concern of nurses

The American Nurses Association seeks public comment on its draft proposal of recommendations to prevent violence to ensure workplace safety by April 30 deadline. Read More »

Healthy aging is topic of first White House Conference on Aging policy brief

Healthy aging is the topic of the first policy brief released by the White House Conference on Aging. Additional briefs, on the other key topics being examined by the conference are expected in the future. Read More »

Pharmacy group launches website

The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition, launched in January, has announced its new website. Read More »

Home health focus of two bills

Increasing the scope of practice for ABRNs and PAs who work in home healthcare, and reimbursing for HCBS for low-income, Medicare-only beneficiaries who need help with two or more ADLs, are the goals of two bipartisan bills introduced in Congress. Read More »

3 safety concerns to consider in long-term care

Wherever patients are treated, their safety needs to be ensured. ECRI Institute has compiled a list of safety concerns for healthcare organizations that long-term care providers can benefit from. Read More »

AMDA names new officers, board members

AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has announced its 2015–2016 officers and board members. Read More »

LeadingAge advocacy day brings 300 to Capitol Hill

More than 300 members of LeadingAge headed to Capitol Hill March 17 to talk with their representatives. The event coincided with the organization’s PEAK Summit, at which the group’s new Thrive initiative was discussed. Read More »

Hospice, home care providers march on Washington

Defining the work week and expanding caregiver duties were two of the issues on the table as the National Association for Home Care & Hospice March on Washington took place March 22 to 25. Read More »

ALFA unhappy with VA’s proposed definition of ADLs

The Assisted Living Federation of America responsed to a benefits eligibility rule proposed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you’d like to do so, you have until March 24. Read More »

Rehab groups disappointed in MedPAC recommendation

Two groups representing rehabilitation providers are expressing disappointment in MedPAC’s recent report to Congress, which recommends providing comparable reimbursement for rehabilitation provided at inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes. Read More »

Florida nursing homes primed for growth

April will be the next opportunity for Florida nursing homes to submit certificate of need applications to the state, which in February ended a 2001–2014 moratorium that had been created by the Florida legislature. Read More »

House passage of NOTICE Act is ‘encouraging,’ AHCA says

A bill approved by the House would require hospitals to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status within 36 hours after the time of their classification or, if sooner, on discharge. Read More »

Dementia focus of WHO conference

Government officials and others from around the world have gathered in Switzerland to discuss the global problems posed by dementia at a World Health Organization meeting. Read More »

One-on-one with…Niles Godes

In September, Niles Godes became the first senior vice president of housing and capital for LeadingAge. Long-Term Living recently spoke with him about his role and why this work is especially important to senior housing and service providers now. Read More »

AHCA joins caregiver caucus

Four members of Congress have launched the Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus to focus on issues related to family caregiving, and the American Health Care Association has become a charter member. Read More »

Rehab group lobbies Congress

Members of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association recently lobbied Congress to urge legislators to allow patients to receive rehabilitation care in rehab hospitals rather than in nursing homes when their needs require it. Read More »

Nursing home penalties top $100 million

An examination of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare data generates disturbing insights on the number of fines levied on skilled nursing facilities. Read More »

3 strategies to improve end-of-life care

The healthcare system might continue to improve end-of-life care by following three strategies, according to a recent journal article. Read More »

Alarms: A safety must or maybe?

A skilled nursing facility in a New York hospital has removed bed/chair fall alarm systems to becoming an alarm-free care setting in an innovative program to improve residents' quality of care and quality of life. Read More »

First federal rule issued for ombudsman programs

The Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published the first federal regulations for the long-term care ombudsman programs in the Federal Register in an effort to improve consistency among state programs. Read More »

White House Conference on Aging announces Tampa event details

Didn't receive an invitation to Thursday's White House Conference on Aging event in Tampa? You can watch online. Read More »