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Bundled post acute payment plan could cost SNFs

Nursing homes' loss would be home healthcare's gain under a controversial plan that would create site-neutral payments for post-acute care.

Providers fuming after MedPAC calls for cancellation of Medicare pay raise

The nursing home industry's largest trade group is pushing back hard against MedPAC's recommendation that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services forego its planned request for $500 million in increased nursing home funding for fiscal 2016.

Nonprofit nursing homes earn higher 5-star ratings

Nonprofit nursing homes tend to earn higher ratings on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System than their for-profit counterparts, according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Soaring Medicaid enrollment could hit state budgets

Under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, enrollment in the program is soaring past expectations in a handful of states, raising some concerns about whether states will have trouble covering the costs down the road.

Small in size, big in heart

These small providers think big when it comes to creative ways to serve seniors.

The ancient art of growing old: How to improve with age

Writers of the classical world had a good deal to say about old age, especially in the arena of carnal desire. Some, such as Ovid, thought it unfair that older women were considered less appealing than the younger variety. In his play The Assembly Women, Aristophanes even offers a dystopian society in which if a man wants to have sex with a young woman, he has to have sex with two old ones first.

Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented by immune system tweak

Alzheimer’s Disease could be prevented or cured by a new drug which reboots the immune system to stop devastating memory loss, scientists believe.

MIT student app helps long-term care residents communicate

A small team of MIT students has worked with people at a nearby assistive living facility to create an iPad app that allows the residents to communicate their needs and emergencies with the nursing staff. InstaAid, as the app is called, is primarily the creation of MIT senior Beth Hadley and The Boston Home resident Margaret Marie.