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Nursing home trade group expands quality efforts

The American Health Care Association announced eight new priorities with specific timelines to address nursing homes' performance on problems such as 30-day readmission rates, antipsychotic drug overuse and high rates of staff turnover.

Nation’s eyes shift to trial where Alzheimer’s and marital consent issues collide

One Penn State University professor calls it “the last great frontier of questions about capacity and dementia.” A national news outlet thousands of miles away refers to it as an “unprecedented examination of a little-explored aspect of consent.” It centers on the brief marriage of two people in their 70s, with one going on trial for having sexual relations with his wife after being told she suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Long-term care insurance costs rise, especially for women

The overall costs for long-term care insurance have increased 8.6 percent compared to last year, according to the 2015 Long-Term Care Consumer Price Index. The research reviewed costs for both men and women at varying age levels who are currently paying for or are interested in purchasing long-term care insurance.

CMS develops staffing, census system

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it has developed an electronic system whereby long-term care (LTC) facilities will submit staffing and census information as required under the Affordable Care Act. The system, which CMS is calling the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ), is being implemented via funding from the Impact Act of 2014.

Drug discovery gives hope to halting progression of Alzheimer’s disease

A drug used to treat stroke victims could help stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease according to new research.

Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K

The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.

The long-term care insurance industry ponders its future: Seven trends to watch

I recently returned from a few days at the long-term care insurance industry’s national conference, held this year in Colorado Springs. The organizers asked me to participate in a panel discussion on policy solutions to the challenges of financing long-term supports and services. But I also had an opportunity to listen to what insurance company executives, brokers, and actuaries had to say about their industry’s future.

Boomers, millennials and the long-term care divide

Many of the nation’s Millennials think their boomer parents are doing a lousy job planning for their long-term care needs, according to a new survey from Genworth Financial (a leading seller of long-term care insurance policies).