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Families prefer assisted living over nursing homes for hospice care: survey

Families prefer assisted living over nursing homes for hospice care: survey

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Families perceive hospice care in assisted living as being better than hospice care in a nursing home, according to new research.

Growing pains for hospice care

Growing pains for hospice care

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My impression was that hospice is one of the best things Medicare has to offer. Fast forward to this week.

Home gaining on LTC as final residence for those with Alzheimer's

Home gaining on LTC as final residence for those with Alzheimer's

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The majority of people with Alzheimer's disease die in long-term care facilities, although the percentage is decreasing, whereas the number of people with the disease who die at home is increasing, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Assisted living hospice care, HCBS, Medicaid make OIG list

Assisted living hospice care, HCBS, Medicaid make OIG list

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Assisted living hospice care, Medicaid personal care services, home- and community-based services waiver programs and Medicaid data are four topics that made the top 25 list included in the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's "2017 Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations."

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

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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.

Addressing care quality, economic burdens of serious illnesses

Addressing care quality, economic burdens of serious illnesses

In their efforts to successfully address the multiple challenges surrounding the care of residents and patients with life-limiting illness, health systems, healthcare payers and at-risk provider organizations are considering unique population health management models.

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

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

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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.

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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

$60 million Medicare fraud scheme involved assisted living communities, federal officials allege

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Assisted living communities were provided remuneration, including certified nursing assistants to staff their facilities, for their participation in a $60 million Medicare fraud scheme for which 16 individuals were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas said.

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Capping Medicaid funding could save $110 billion to $150 billion in federal spending over five years: study ... Obesity linked to lower chance of getting hospice care

Aging Committee leaders cheer bipartisanship

Aging Committee leaders cheer bipartisanship

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As the ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging prepares to depart from that role, she and the committee's chairwoman celebrated what can be accomplished when Republicans and Democrats collaborate.

Possible catch-22 identified in right-to-die states

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More states are passing right-to-die laws laden with strict eligibility rules that could cause complications for seniors and their caregivers.

Senior living team can help clarify older adults' end-of-life wishes

Senior living team can help clarify older adults' end-of-life wishes

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Physicians' Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments, or POLST, forms often are seen as a way to honor the end-of-life preferences of frail elderly individuals when they no longer can speak for themselves. A new study, however, finds that these medical order forms often are incomplete or ambiguous, confusing healthcare professionals. Those in senior living can help, says one of the study's authors.

CEOs: Staff correctly to avoid acuity-related issues

CEOs: Staff correctly to avoid acuity-related issues

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Senior living operators that have defined their target populations and maintain that focus are more likely to avoid acuity creep challenges that can lead to trouble for their companies and make a bad name for the industry, according to four CEOs.

Diane Rehm advocates for choice at end of life

Diane Rehm advocates for choice at end of life

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A talk in which National Public Radio's Diane Rehm shared experiences related to her late husband's battle with Parkinson's disease and decision to end his life were a highlight of Wednesday's programming at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference, which also included the presentation of several awards.

CMS responds to OIG concerns about hospice care in assisted living

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicated that it has not ruled out regulatory reform as it looks to discourage hospice programs from targeting some Medicare beneficiaries who live in assisted living communities, where care may result in more money for hospices.

OIG: Assisted living hospice care payment reform a top priority

OIG: Assisted living hospice care payment reform a top priority

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Reducing financial incentives for hospices to target some Medicare beneficiaries living in assisted living communities should be a top priority for CMS, according to a new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General.

Hospice care varies from assisted living, home settings: study

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Assisted living residents starting hospice care may be closer to death than people receiving the same care at home, new research has found.

In Focus

July 11

Patriotic parade

Naples, FL 

More than 100 residents and employees of Vi at Bentley Village participated in a golf cart parade to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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