Senior living can cost less than aging in place at home: analysis

Senior living can cost less than aging in place at home: analysis

A new analysis showing that older adults can save money by residing in senior living communities rather than continuing to live in their homes may not surprise those in the industry, but most older adults and their families don't calculate costs accurately, according to a former analyst who crunched some numbers.

More news for Thursday, April 20

150-year-old drug may provide 'off' time relief for people with advanced Parkinson's disease ... With beetroot juice before exercise, aging brains look 'younger' ... Woman reportedly involuntarily living in assisted living community; probate judge questions lawyers ... Retirement community sues to stop water treatment plant

GAO calls for more sharing of best practices for reducing improper Medicaid payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should collaborate with states to develop a systematic approach for collecting and sharing promising practices through which states have identified and reduced improper Medicaid payments, the Government Accountability Office said in a newly released report.

Aerobic exercise beats mental exercise for brain fitness, researcher says

Aerobic exercise beats mental exercise for brain fitness, researcher says

If you'd like to help residents keep their brains fit as they age, you may want to focus on aerobic exercise, not "brain games," suggests Neil Charness, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Successful Longevity at Florida State University.

More news for Wednesday, April 19

Demand soaring for 62-and-over high-rise on ASU's Tempe campus, company says ... Settlement reached in CCRC nurses' elevator-related lawsuit ... A Q&A with the founder and president of Peregrine Senior Living ... Faces of a century: Chicago-area centenarians ... Huge sinkhole opens behind retirement home

Frontline staff effective in reducing antipsychotic use: study

Frontline staff effective in reducing antipsychotic use: study

The off-label use of antipsychotic medication to treat cognitively impaired residents can be significantly reduced by training frontline staff members to recognize that individuals may exhibit challenging behaviors when trying to communicate about their unmet needs, according to the results of a newly published study.

AdCare fires CEO for lying about his credentials

AdCare fires CEO for lying about his credentials

AdCare Health Systems fired its CEO and chairman of the board, William McBride III, on Monday after an internal investigation revealed that he had lied about his educational background, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Former assisted living resident gets 60-year sentence for killing caregiver

Former assisted living resident gets 60-year sentence for killing caregiver

A former resident of an Alaska assisted living facility has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for murdering his caregiver there.

More news for Tuesday, April 18

This state is a laboratory for the future of Alzheimer's in America ... Declaring war on financial abuse of older people ... 81-year-old woman makes iPhone app after only starting to use computers at 60

'Best days are ahead' under Trump, with caveats, financial adviser says

'Best days are ahead' under Trump, with caveats, financial adviser says

Gross domestic product growth could increase to 3% starting in 2018, one expert predicts, if the federal government can enact several reforms, among them healthcare and immigration.

Nonphysician care of seniors results in good outcomes: study

At a time when the United States is facing a shortage of geriatricians and others to care for senior living community residents and other older adults, one solution may be having nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide care that traditionally has been provided by doctors, suggests a new review.

More news for Monday, April 17

In Idaho, demand for senior housing has been 'mind boggling' ... Man charged in woman's beating at assisted living home

Type A and C contracts increasing in popularity with CCRCs

Type A and C contracts increasing in popularity with CCRCs

Type A and C entry-fee contract use has become more common in continuing care retirement communities over the past 10 years, whereas type B contract and rental agreement use has become less common, according to the results of a new poll.

51% of tweets about dementia contain stigma: study

51% of tweets about dementia contain stigma: study

Fifty-one percent of tweets by private users of Twitter accounts contain comments that are stigmatizing when they mention dementia or the people who have it, according to a recently published study.

More news for Friday, April 14

Brookdale nurse supervisor alleges company owes wages ... Friendship Retirement gunman sentenced to prison term ... WSJ: Should Medicaid be converted to a block-grant program? ... Detecting Alzheimer's disease earlier using ... Greebles?

Assisted living occupancy falls to lowest level since 2010

Occupancy for assisted living in the first quarter of 2017 averaged 87.2%, its lowest level since early 2010, according to data released Wednesday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's MAP Data Service.

Merger and acquisition activity drops in first quarter

Merger and acquisition activity drops in first quarter

Publicly announced seniors housing and care acquisitions totaled $1.4 billion in the first quarter of this year, a 78% drop in dollar volume compared with the fourth quarter of last year and a 45% drop from the first quarter of last year, according to acquisition data from Irving Levin Associates.

Brookdale announces director departure, continues to 'explore options'

Brookdale announces director departure, continues to 'explore options'

Brookdale Senior Living leadership announced the impending departure of a director Wednesday while reaffirming the company's commitment to "achieving consistent operational excellence and optimizing our portfolio."

More news for Thursday, April 13

This is what retirement looked like in 1970 ... BOKF seeks dismissal of class action suit over Brogdon-related bonds ... Focus on Alzheimer's disease shifts to prevention ... Independent living centers for elderly, disabled, poor at risk from state, federal budget cuts

Assisted living arbitration agreement not enforceable in case involving resident death, judge rules

Assisted living arbitration agreement not enforceable in case involving resident death, judge rules

The family of an assisted living resident can sue the community where he lived in a case related to his death despite having signed an arbitration agreement, a Minnesota judge has ruled.

Involving family members in discharge planning cuts hospital readmission rates: study

Involving family members in discharge planning cuts hospital readmission rates: study

Systematically integrating informal caregivers into the discharge planning process for older adults reduces hospital readmissions by 25%, according to an analysis published this month by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

$125,000 NIC study will assess demand for middle-market seniors housing

$125,000 NIC study will assess demand for middle-market seniors housing

The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care is spending $125,000 to study the demand for middle-market seniors housing, the organization formally announced Monday. NIC CEO Robert G. Kramer shared previously undisclosed details with McKnight's Senior Living.

More news for Wednesday, April 12

Coming full circle, doulas cradle the dying ... Plotting the demise of Alzheimer's ... Yes, older adults are having sex ... Sisterhood of Temple Shalom taking Passover to assisted living facilities, memory care centers

The least engaged workers in senior living — and how to engage them

A new analysis reveals the senior living community departments where engagement is lowest, and an expert provides insights into how to increase engagement in those areas.

36% of not-for-profit senior living providers manage other communities

Approximately 36% of not-for-profit senior living providers manage other communities through a separate subsidiary or division, according to specialty investment bank Ziegler.

Benzodiazepines increase risk of pneumonia in people with dementia: study

People who have dementia and take benzodiazepines are at a 30% increased risk of developing pneumonia compared with those with dementia taking Z-drugs and those taking neither type of medication, according to a study published Monday.

More news for Tuesday, April 11

Difficulty managing medications and finances in older adults: A 10-year cohort study ... Life skills, wealth, health, and wellbeing in later life ... Teach residents importance of medical appointments with free kit from National Institute on Aging

Lack of quality applicants is top workforce challenge: survey

Finding enough applicants who are qualified for an open position is the biggest workforce challenge facing member organizations responding to a recent survey by the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research.

ALF owner gets 33-month sentence for diverting more than $1 million in resident funds

The owner of a Florida assisted living community has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison after admitting to diverting more than $1 million in Social Security and Medicaid benefits from elderly and mentally ill residents and using some of the funds to cover personal expenses, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.

SEC announces new legal action related to Brogdon case

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced new legal action in a case involving Atlanta-based businessman Christopher F. Brogdon, who was charged in late 2015 with fraud in connection with his efforts to raise funds from investors to purchase and renovate senior living communities and nursing homes.

Feds raid office of purported senior living developer, allege fraud

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security raided the offices of a purported senior living community developer on Wednesday, alleging a multimillion dollar scheme to defraud the federal government through the EB-5 visa program and obtain "green cards" for some fugitives who are on China's "Most Wanted" list.

Brookdale staffing not based on resident needs, lawsuit maintains

Brookdale Senior Living misleads prospective residents and their families by indicating that it uses its resident assessment system to tailor care to residents' needs and to staff its communities accordingly, maintains a new lawsuit against the company filed on behalf of a resident.

Priest accused of stealing $535,000 from retirement home bank account

A Roman Catholic priest who was responsible for overseeing an Archdiocese of Philadelphia retirement home bank account was charged with four counts of wire fraud on Wednesday for allegedly diverting more than $535,000 for his personal use.

More news for Friday, April 7

Governors' proposed budgets for FY 2018: Focus on Medicaid and other health priorities ... To help ward off Alzheimer's, think before you eat ... 'This is serious neglect,' woman says after installing secret camera in father's room ... Senior living worker faces up to 15 years in prison for stealing from residents ... Assisted living facility fined $15,000 after 'plague' of bed bugs

Female RNs, aides earn 7 to 10% less than male counterparts

A new analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research compares wages in common occupations and also contains suggestions on how to close the gender pay gap.

Public has mixed views about end-of-life care for those with dementia

Support exists for both life-sustaining interventions and for measures to enable peaceful death for those with dementia and other progressive neurologic illnesses, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE.

Virtual approaches could aid staffing, health: report

Seniors housing and care organizations may be able to address some of their staffing challenges, while helping residents improve their health, through virtual healthcare technology, suggests a new report from Accenture.

More news for Thursday, April 6

After six months in a retirement community, student says life is 'refreshing' ... Aging adults move to be near Mom or Dad

How Holiday increased revenue from new leases by 10%

How Holiday increased revenue from new leases by 10%

What started around 2011 as an effort to find a better way to establish appropriate unit rents has led Holiday Retirement to consistently realizing a 10% revenue increase from new leases and receiving an international award.

California LGBT bill applies to assisted living, skilled nursing

California LGBT bill applies to assisted living, skilled nursing

Legislation under consideration in California is designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from discrimination in assisted living communities and nursing homes, according to its author, state Sen. Scott Wiener.

East Coast caters to active retirees, website says

East Coast caters to active retirees, website says

An East Coast city has topped a list of Best Cities for an Active Retirement for the second consecutive year. In fact, six of the top 10 places on the list are on the East Coast.

Aegis Living gambles on uncommon perk to foster employee loyalty

Aegis Living gambles on uncommon perk to foster employee loyalty

Eight employees of Aegis Living are going to be especially happy Wednesday afternoon. That's the day their Redmond, WA-based employer is announcing the winners of its Dream Big Lottery. Last year's prizes included a trip to Disneyland.

Texas tries to get tougher on assisted living violations

Texas tries to get tougher on assisted living violations

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission would not have to provide assisted living communities with the opportunity to correct certain violations before penalizing them under a bill being considered by the Texas Senate. Nursing homes would be affected similarly.

New app tracks Parkinson's symptoms

New app tracks Parkinson's symptoms

A new smartphone app could help improve treatment for people with Parkinson's disease because it enables individuals and their physicians to track the development of systems between medical appointments, according to its inventors.

Bill tightens time to file lawsuits against WV assisted living communities

Bill tightens time to file lawsuits against WV assisted living communities

Residents of assisted living communities and nursing homes would have less time to file medical professional liability lawsuits against the facilities under a bill headed for the desk of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

Assisted living resident allegedly raped

Assisted living resident allegedly raped

A visitor to an assisted living community in Missouri has been arrested for allegedly raping a resident, according to a media report.

The challenge of making quality job No. 1

The challenge of making quality job No. 1

Ascension Senior Living's new chief medical officer is striving to make things better. McKnight's Senior Living spends a few minutes with Kevin O'Neil, M.D.

Getting schooled

Getting schooled

Skilled care providers learned some painful lessons about medication management in recent decades. Will senior living operators repeat many of the same mistakes or learn from them?

Shaping up

Shaping up

Transformative technology is changing the look and feel of senior living in the United States. The real beneficiaries are residents.

A solid investment

A solid investment

Lenders are concerned about the evolving financial landscape in the sector, but the overall outlook continues to remain positive.

Design briefs, April 2017

Design briefs, April 2017

Edgemere, The Pearl at Five Forks and Silverado Hermann Park Memory Care and Rehabilitation.

Playing in Peoria

Playing in Peoria

Heartis Village reinvigorates the seniors housing market in Central Illinois by serving an unmet need for assisted living and memory care services.

AARP shares tech tips

AARP shares tech tips.

What should I focus on?

What should I focus on?

Here are five key areas.

Sen. Grassley demands details of community's HR, social media policies after worker arrest

Sen. Grassley demands details of community's HR, social media policies after worker arrest

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is seeking details of a Florida memory care community's human resources and social media policies after a worker there allegedly secretly recorded two residents having consensual sexual relations in a private room and then posted the video to Snapchat.

Senior living community penalized after resident with dementia elopes, dies

Senior living community penalized after resident with dementia elopes, dies

A North Carolina senior living community has been told not to accept new residents after a resident with dementia wandered away from the community and later was found dead. The community also has been told that its licensure status will be downgraded to provisional unless it can demonstrate compliance.

Updated publication educates about financial abuse

Updated publication educates about financial abuse

New resources from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can help educate you, your residents and their families about financial exploitation through fraud and scams.

Senators pledge to fight proposed NIH budget cuts

Senators pledge to fight proposed NIH budget cuts

Cutting the National Institutes of Health budget by $5.8 billion as proposed by President Donald Trump would be a setback to dementia research and "is the last thing we should do," Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said at a Wednesday hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging that focused on Alzheimer's disease. Other committee members agreed at the hearing, at which one witness was Maria Shriver.

Husband says he killed wife with dementia at her request, police report states

Husband says he killed wife with dementia at her request, police report states

A Florida man has been charged with premeditated homicide after he reportedly shot and killed his wife, who lived in an assisted living community and had dementia. The man told police that his wife had asked him to kill her, according to the arrest report.

Partners break ground for Latitude Margaritaville

Partners break ground for Latitude Margaritaville

Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings broke ground Tuesday for the Latitude Margaritaville active adult community planned for Daytona Beach, FL. The partners say they plan to open several more of the themed properties around the country.

How to market to the silent generation

When marketing to members of the silent generation — or any generation, focus on behaviors rather than age. That's the advice from a global marketing firm in a new report.

Congress nullifies OSHA recordkeeping rule

Congress nullifies OSHA recordkeeping rule

The House and Senate have passed a joint resolution to nullify an OSHA rule that allowed the agency to cite employers that do not make and maintain accurate records of employee injuries and illnesses for up to six months after the five-year record-retention period expires.

Calendar app could help with mild dementia issues

Calendar app could help with mild dementia issues

Smartphone apps such as Google Calendar may be able to help some people who have mild dementia, suggests a case study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Avamere, IBM partner to study how to reduce readmission rates

Avamere, IBM partner to study how to reduce readmission rates

Senior living company Avamere is hoping that a six-month study with IBM reveals factors that affect 30-day hospital readmission rates among its residents and patients and improves care at its senior living and skilled nursing centers.

Worker arrested for recording, posting residents' sexual relations

Worker arrested for recording, posting residents' sexual relations

A former medical assistant at a Florida memory care community has been arrested for allegedly secretly recording two residents having consensual sexual relations in a private room and then posting the video to Snapchat. Her former employer said it is "troubled" by her alleged actions and continues to work with authorities in their investigation.

AdCare may change name to Regional Health Properties

AdCare Health Systems may change its name to Regional Health Properties under a reorganization to be considered at a special meeting of shareholders in the second quarter, the company announced March 24 in conjunction with its fourth quarter earnings call.

McKnight's Senior Living up for 6 ASBPE awards

McKnight's Senior Living is a finalist for six awards in the American Society for Business Publication Editors' 2017 Azbee Awards competition, the organization for business-to-business journalists announced Friday.

Provider groups pleased that ACA replacement pulled from vote

Provider groups pleased that ACA replacement pulled from vote

Organizations representing senior living providers expressed pleasure that a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act was pulled from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives late Friday afternoon when it seemed that the legislation lacked sufficient votes to pass and move on to the Senate.

The hottest markets for senior living

The hottest markets for senior living

National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Senior Principal Lana Peck revealed the areas of the country with the most new construction for independent living, assisted living and memory care at the organization's 2017 Spring Investment Forum in San Diego.

NIC-funded study will examine demand for middle-market seniors housing

NIC-funded study will examine demand for middle-market seniors housing

The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care will be making a "major commitment" to studying the demand for middle-market seniors housing, NIC CEO Robert G. Kramer announced Thursday a luncheon at the organization's 2017 Spring Investment Forum in San Diego. Former Sens. Tom Daschle and Bill Frist also spoke.

Hospice care lengthier in assisted living compared with skilled nursing, homes

Hospice care lengthier in assisted living compared with skilled nursing, homes

Median length of hospice care for assisted living residents is more than twice as long as it is for skilled nursing residents or people receiving care in traditional homes, according to a new study.

2 caregivers charged with felonies after resident freezes to death

Two former caregivers at a Michigan assisted living community are facing felony charges after a resident with dementia exited the building and froze to death.

Integrating housing and care can improve outcomes, save money, Juniper finds

Integrating housing and care can improve outcomes, save money, Juniper finds

A model that integrates onsite ancillary services with social supports and residential care may make senior living communities more attractive to payers and investors because it improves outcomes and saves money, according to new research presented Wednesday at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's Spring Investment Forum.

Opioids threaten seniors' retirement savings, health

Opioids threaten seniors' retirement savings, health

The opioid epidemic, which finds an increasing number of older Americans raising their grandchildren, could increase older adults' need for seniors housing and care while decreasing their ability to pay for it, suggested speakers at a recent Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing.

Assisted living worker convicted of raping resident

A former caregiver at a California assisted living community has been convicted of raping an 83-year-old resident with dementia, according to a media report.

Here's what keeps senior living operators up at night

Here's what keeps senior living operators up at night

Finding and keeping the right workers was rated the top concern among nearly 200 senior living leaders who contributed to a new Perkins Eastman survey.

M&A deals turn down the volume, report finds

Although the number of healthcare-related transactions held serve in 2016, the dollar-volume dropped by almost half, according to the 2017 Health Care Services Acquisition Report.

Depression risk spikes when residents become more frail, study finds

Depression risk spikes when residents become more frail, study finds

Increased frailty nearly doubles the likelihood of depression in a resident, a new study finds. The trend holds regardless of the resident's initial impairment level.

More News for Wednesday, March 22

Congress may ease rules for safety records ... Bill would boost small-business insurance ... Republicans add sweeteners to sell Obamacare repeal ... New FLSA overtime rules coming? ... Kentucky property tax may apply to residents' units

Kentucky to establish review panels for malpractice cases

Kentucky to establish review panels for malpractice cases

Three-member medical review panels will examine the merits of malpractice and neglect claims against assisted living communities and other healthcare settings before the claims go to court under a new law signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on March 16.

Proposed border wall would affect senior community

A senior community in southern Texas has put a $1 million expansion plan on hold as it waits to learn more about the federal government's plans for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Assisted living resident won't be tried in death of fellow resident

A former resident of a Virginia senior living community will not stand trial in the death of a fellow resident because he has been found to be mentally incompetent, according to a media report.

More news for Tuesday, March 21

Ryan: Healthcare bill must do more for older people ... Here's the prescription that Ben Carson needs to write for HUD ... End-of-life planning talks often fail to communicate goals ... Vitamin E, selenium supplements did not prevent dementia

CCRCs 'ideal candidates' for ACOs, AMDA says

CCRCs 'ideal candidates' for ACOs, AMDA says

Following the passage of resolutions at its annual conference, AMDA will advocate for continuing care retirement community participation in an accountable care organization initiative and for an integrated care model in assisted living.

Virtual reality system for assisted living, memory care wins prize

Virtual reality system for assisted living, memory care wins prize

A startup aimed at using virtual reality systems to benefit assisted living and memory care residents recently won the $25,000 grand prize at a pitch competition at MIT. Two senior living organizations already are involved in testing the technology.

South Dakota NPs now have full practice authority

South Dakota NPs now have full practice authority

South Dakota has become the 22nd state to authorize nurse practitioners to provide a full scope of services — diagnosing, treating, managing care and prescribing medicines and therapies — independently. The change could affect staffing in senior living communities, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

More news for Monday, March 20

A response to a critique of the Urban Institute model of financing long-term services and supports ... Complaints to Arizona's Adult Protective Services rarely substantiated ... Meals on Wheels receives 35% of funding from federal government, organization says ... Poll reveals early public attitudes about ACA replacement

Proposed budget cuts HHS funding by 18%, HUD by 13%

Proposed budget cuts HHS funding by 18%, HUD by 13%

The Department of Health and Human Services would see its funding cut by $15.1 billion, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development would see its funding decreased by $6.2 billion under a fiscal year 2018 budget proposal released Thursday by President Donald Trump.

Climate change poses heightened risks for elderly: report

Climate change poses heightened risks for elderly: report

Climate change is real and is harming people's health, according to a new report released Wednesday by the American Geriatrics Society and the 11 other organizations that are members of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health.

Senior living bond offerings spur second lawsuit against bank holding company

A second lawsuit has been filed against a bank holding company in relation to series of senior living-related bond offerings, some of which were later determined to be fraudulent and some of which have been alleged to be fraudulent, according to a media report.

More news for Friday, March 17

In next phase of health reform, long-term care cannot be overlooked ... Care received at end of life varies drastically by state ... Ibuprofen associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest ... Developers seeing older renters, 3-bedroom demand ... Administrator boots residents, opens new facility

CMS may extend deadline for state compliance with HCBS final rule

CMS may extend deadline for state compliance with HCBS final rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will work to provide states with additional time to comply with a final rule regarding the provision of home- and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries, new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, told governors in a March 14 letter.

How the interest rate hike could affect seniors housing

How the interest rate hike could affect seniors housing

The Federal Reserve's decision on Wednesday to increase its benchmark rate by 25 basis points for the second time in three months could affect seniors housing in several ways, according to NIC Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace.

'Silver tsunami' presents opportunities, report suggests

'Silver tsunami' presents opportunities, report suggests

A new report from the Administration on Aging puts some numbers behind trends related to the increasing population of U.S. older adults and suggests opportunities for providers of seniors housing and care.

More news for Thursday, March 16

Industry experts discuss how baby boomers will transform senior living ... Affordable housing operator uses 'active design' to keep residents engaged ... Former college football player finds meaningful career in assisted living ... Men face greater risk of death following osteoporosis-related fractures

Budget could cut $42 million for affordable senior housing, service coordinators

Budget could cut $42 million for affordable senior housing, service coordinators

Rental assistance for more than 23,000 older adult households and funding for 360 service coordinators in affordable senior housing would be eliminated if $42 million in budget cuts reportedly being considered by the Trump administration for fiscal year 2018 are enacted, according to LeadingAge.

Arthritis is at an all-time high, CDC says

Arthritis is at an all-time high, CDC says

Arthritis diagnoses are at an all-time high in the United States, affecting 54 million adults, Anne Schuchat, M.D., acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a recent press conference.

Best big and small cities for successful aging

Best big and small cities for successful aging

A newly released report and index rank 381 large and small metropolitan areas based on how well they serve the needs of the nation's growing population of older adults.

'Seniors have a lot to lose' under ACA replacement, congresswoman says

'Seniors have a lot to lose' under ACA replacement, congresswoman says

Reduced outlays for Medicaid, a shorter lifespan for the Medicare program, higher insurance premiums for those aged 50 to 64 and more uninsured older adults would be some of the effects of the American Health Care Act, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. "Seniors have a lot to lose," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says.

Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

Former health policy consultant Seema Verma was confirmed as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday by a 55-43 vote in the Senate.

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Edie Dombal and Rich Cirelli both volunteer at Cedar Crest retirement community's TV studio, and now they have something else in common: each other.

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