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Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

A low incidence of antibiotic-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria was found in a study of Rhode Island nursing home residents admitted to acute care facilities, but researchers said a better understanding of risk factors associated with carriage of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria among nursing home patients is needed.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Suicidal thoughts and actions are not rare among the elderly and seem to have diverse drivers, including physical disability, pain, and loneliness.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Change is always unsettling, and challenges await regarding new payment and delivery models, according to David Grabowski, PhD, professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. However, with change comes opportunity. Accountable care organizations, bundled payments, and other changes present opportunities for assisted living communities to be part of the new payment paradigms and to be rewarded for providing quality, cost-effective care. Dr. Grabowski offered some tips on how senior living practitioners can excel as the health care system continues to move away from traditional...

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — Although the line between an inadvertent billing mistake and intentional coding deception might be blurry, federal investigators are crystal clear about what drives them to exclude health providers from government health programs.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Medicare has relaxed some requirements of the Stark Law through its 2016 fee schedule and created new exceptions for compensation arrangements under the statute. The changes make it easier to recruit nonphysician employees, share rental space, and operate on expired contracts without fear of violating the law.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

During the 2007 presidential election cycle, I remember being somewhat optimistic regarding the future of geriatric care in America. At that time, three of America's “oldest old” were showcased by men who vied to lead our nation. Barack Obama's grandmother, and Joe Biden's and John McCain's white-haired mothers were prominent during the campaign season. Each candidate spoke reverentially of the important role this maternal elder played in his life.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

Seven weeks into the 2015–2016 flu season, activity levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) are minimal in 49 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Dec. 12.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

It started out as a pleasant, relaxing weekend outing. Larry Smith, MD, chief medical officer of Kindred Health, and his fiancée went to see “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” at a film festival. The documentary, which follows Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, in his efforts to demonstrate the effective use of music to combat memory loss and improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia, touched Dr. Smith profoundly.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

A couple retiring in 2015 at age 65 can expect to pay $245,000 in health care costs over their lifetimes, according to an estimate from Fidelity Investments.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2016

More than a third of elderly, gravely ill hospital patients are tagged to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation even though they don't want the painful and usually futile measure, a new Canadian study concluded. Such overtreatment is most common in individuals with no family to advocate for their wishes, according to the investigators.