Assisted Living Documentary

Ever wondered what it’s like living in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF)?  Dick Weinman, professor Emeritus at Oregon State University pulls back the curtain in a new assisted living documentary entitled “The Thin Edge of Dignity”.  Dick say’s “It takes a village to accompany the elders on the final journey of life.  But in today’s fragmented […]

Long-term care insurance rates go up for new federal enrollees

Premiums in the long-term care insurance program for federal and military personnel, retirees and certain family members have increased, with no prior notice, for those newly buying coverage. The Office of Personnel Management has said that rates rose as of Aug. 1 for new enrollees in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, which offers […]

Senators Ask GAO for Assisted Living Medicaid Report

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) requested in a letter dated July 8, 2015 that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertake a review of Medicaid spending and federal and state oversight of care provided to Medicaid enrollees in assisted living facilities. The senators, all members […]

How do we reach new antipsychotic goals?

In June, McKnight’s reported that CMS is pushing for further reductions in antipsychotic use for people living with dementia in nursing homes. The 19.4% nationwide reduction achieved by the end of last year is just short of the 20% target set by CMS in 2012. There is a push for a total reduction of 25% […]