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NJ council recommends changes to improve end-of-life care

The New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care recommended a number of things that can be done to strengthen patient priorities and wishes at the end of life, and avoid unnecessarily care treatments.

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Hormone-targeting Alzheimer’s trial ready to begin as final patient selected

Final patient will complete trial in 4 months (3 months on treatment with a follow-up 1 month after treatment).

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Heavy hospice caseloads, delayed unionization hurting care

John Shannon’s growing caseload was causing the social worker in hospice care to rush from patient to patient.

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Recent animal trials predict ability to cut Alzheimer’s, dementia in half

n the animal trials researchers said the experimental vaccine showed it could delay the effects of the degenerative brain disease.

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Lawsuit alleges skilled nursing violation by Molina

The insurer Molina Healthcare was accused of neglecting to provide a mandatory skilled nursing program in violation of its managed Medicaid contracts with the state of Illinois.

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Poor transfers are financially, emotionally costly for skilled nursing facilities

In an era of managed Medicare, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and value-based purchasing, players along the acute and post-acute care continuum have a financial incentive to seamlessly transition residents from hospital to nursing facility to home.

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Veterans’ groups call for VA nursing home improvement

“Anybody who respects veterans should be angered by this,” American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad said. “America’s veterans deserve better.”

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Improper pay rates down $4.59 billions, CMS says

 A sharp drop in home health improper payments, in particular, is a big part of the reason why.

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CMS highlights the limits, disconnect between Medicare and telehealth

Connected care advocates are pressuring Congress to pass the RUSH Act.

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PharmScript acquires Doehring’s LTC Pharmacy

"PharmScript is excited to build on its momentum in the Midwest with the acquisition of Doehring's," said Michael Segal, CEO of PharmScript.

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