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Your roommate in the nursing home might be a bedbug

If you're in the hospital or a nursing home, the last thing you want to be dealing with is bedbugs. But exterminators saying they're getting more and more calls for bedbug infestations in nursing homes, hospitals and doctor's offices.

Older Americans are progressing in several key measures but inactivity sees sharp rise

Vermont is the healthiest state for seniors, rising from fourth place last year, according to the third edition of United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.

It’s time to support older people in giving up smoking

New research published online in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that supporting older people with mental ill-health to give up smoking has positive health benefits and will not, as previously thought, worsen depression.

Preferred Care Partners seeks to dismiss suit over care, billing issues

One of the nation's largest nursing home chains is looking to thwart what it alleges is a conspiracy by private law firms trying to convince state officials to sue large corporations. Texas-based Preferred Care Partners Management Group also is arguing to dismiss a lawsuit the state Attorney General filed against it last March.

OIG report prods federal regulators to get tougher

A Congressional watchdog group this week criticized the Department of Health & Human Services for failing to keep its improper payment rates low in its Medicare fee-for-service and Medicaid programs.

CVS to buy Omnicare in $12.7 billion deal

As the American population gets older, pharmacies and other health care providers are increasingly positioning themselves to capitalize and serve the needs of this demographic. This group often needs drugs for chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, as well as lifesaving medications for sudden conditions like infections or pneumonia.

Nursing home firm seeks dismissal of lawsuit; AG blasts back

A nursing home chain has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state Attorney General’s Office, saying the case is “an egregious display of greed and opportunism” by a Washington, D.C., law firm that pushed for two years to convince the state to file the action.

Inappropriate photos lead to local nursing home investigation

An investigation into employees at the Waters of Scottsburg, in Indiana, is underway after inappropriate photos of a patient reportedly surfaced on social media.