Congressmen introduce observation stay legislation

Two congressmen have reintroduced an act that would require hospitals to notify a patient within a certain period of time after classifying him or her as an inpatient or as an outpatient under observation. Read More »

Credentialing, standards, public policy on assisted living agenda

Credentialing, standards and public policy in the senior living industry were on the agenda when the Assisted Living Federation of America hosted 35 of its state partners this week. Read More »

Minnix to retire as LeadingAge CEO

Larry Minnix will retire from his position as LeadingAge president and CEO by the end of the year, the organization announced Feb. 5. Read More »

Mark Begich joins hospice/homecare association

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice, a nonprofit organization, welcomes a new member to its leadership team. Read More »

What the proposed 2016 budget would mean for senior living

The 2016 federal budget announced by President Barack Obama on Monday is a mixed bag for senior housing and services providers, according to several organizations representing them. Read More »

2016 federal budget aligns with goals of White House Conference on Aging, Super says

The focus areas of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging mesh well with the goals of the 2016 federal budget proposed Feb. 2 by President Barack Obama, the conference’s executive director says. Read More »

LeadingAge to honor ‘Dear Abby’

LeadingAge will honor Jeanne Phillips, writer of the syndicated “Dear Abby” advice column, March 16 at its second annual Great Minds Gala in Washington, D.C. Read More »

AMDA suggests White House Conference on Aging topics

AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has recommended sub-topics within three of the four previously identified areas of focus for the White House Conference on Aging. Read More »

One-on-one with…Gary Glazner

People with Alzheimer's or other dementias have found a champion in Gary Glazner, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. Blending poetry with the arts in an innovative program provides a pathway to the hearts and souls of people with memory loss. Read More »

ALFA, GSA respond to president’s speech

The Assisted Living Federation of America and the Gerontological Society of America are calling on the federal government to remember older adults in the wake of the president's State of the Union address. Read More »

A milestone year for Medicare, Medicaid, Older Americans Act, Social Security

2015 is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Provider association leaders recently discussed with Long-Term Living what needs to happen to ensure these programs' future success. Read More »

White House Conference on Aging plans 5 regional forums

The White House Conference on Aging has announced five regional forums to help gather input for the national event that will be held later this year in Washington, D.C. Read More »

Mourning the passing of the New Old Age blog

It’s said that “all good things must come to an end,” as Long-Term Living’s resident blogger says goodbye to a trusted friend and a reliable source of information and experience. Read More »

The move to improve hand hygiene compliance

As the number of influenza cases increase across the country, using recommended hand hygiene protocols helps prevent the spread of flu viruses and other healthcare-associated infections. Read More »

Coalition challenges the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

A coalition claims federal nutritional guidelines ignore the nutritional needs of children, older adults and ethnic minorities. Read More »

Nursing home care, rehab hospital care not equal, group maintains

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission should reject a proposal to pay the same amount for rehabilitation care whether it occurs in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital or a nursing home, the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association says. Read More »

Camera catches nurse slapping resident

Elderly Americans have a new ally in preventing abuse by family, staff, home caregivers or other residents--the surveillance camera. A recent alleged case of abuse in New York was captured on camera. Read More »

Ezekiel Emanuel: Meaning, not length, most important in life

Some may have been misled by a recent essay in The Atlantic, author Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, says. His published views on aging and the end of life, however, have implications for policymakers and professional caregivers. Read More »

White House Conference on Aging plans 5 in-person events

Boston, Cleveland, Phoenix, Seattle and Tampa will host events covering retirement security, healthful aging, long-term services and supports and elder justice. Read More »

PHI releases occupational projections, names policy chief

A new analysis examines job growth potential and pay of home care workers and nursing assistants, and the organization conducting it names a new policy chief to advocate on behalf of these workers. Read More »

Incoming ALFA chief’s priorities include fortifying ties, implementing agenda

James Balda tells Long-Term Living that strengthening relationships with state chapters and affiliates and implementing an ambitious agenda will be his priorities when he assumes his new role Jan. 15. Read More »

LGBT employees protected under new federal rule

A new federal rule will prohibit some employers from discriminating on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. Will you be affected? Read More »

ALFA names new leader

The Assisted Living Federation of America has named James Balda as its next president and CEO. He will be at the helm as the organization announces a name change, a credentialing program and professional standards. Read More »

Payment for care after hip, knee replacement focus of AHCA comments to CMS

The American Health Care Association has suggested to CMS several changes to an outcome and efficiency measure that would affect payments to skilled nursing facilities for the care of those who have undergone total hip or knee arthroplasty. Read More »

Medicare co-payment for home healthcare bad idea, group says

Re-establishing a co-payment for the Medicare home health benefit would exacerbate the challenges facing U.S. seniors related to access, coordination and person-centered care, according to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read More »

White House Conference on Aging agenda items recommended by associations

Leaders in organizations representing seniors housing and services providers share with Long-Term Living their wish lists for the upcoming White House Conference on Aging. Do you agree with their picks? Read More »

Ensuring care quality a challenge for HHS, OIG says

Ensuring quality in nursing home, hospice and home- and community-based settings is one of the top challenges facing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General. Read More »

Elder abuse victims to benefit from PA task force recommendations

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider an Elder Law Task Force report as a guide to protect the state's older adults from abuse and neglect. Read More »

The battle over immigration reform

One of the first political “hot potatoes” the new Congress must address is amnesty for illegal immigrants, which would present long-term care organizations a broader pool of potential caregivers. Read More »

Aging research to receive $23M in funding from NIA

Two centers and 11 projects studying ways to improve cognition, decision-making, mobility and the independence of older people are expected to receive more than $23 million in funding over five years from the National Institute on Aging. Read More »