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Health Care Executives See Staffing, Drug Costs as 2017 Challenges

December 6, 2016

Staffing shortages and rising prescription drug costs are two key challenges health care executives will face in 2017, according to a new survey.

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House Panel Reviews Spike in Federal Long-Term Care Insurance

December 6, 2016

A House subcommittee last week held a hearing on the federal long-term care insurance program, which recently came under fire for significantly higher premiums for federal workers.

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Dementia Is Leading Cause of Death in England, Wales

December 6, 2016

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, making up 11.6 percent of all registered deaths in 2015, according to a bulletin from the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics.

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ACL Updates Information Sheet on Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

December 1, 2016

The Administration for Community Living has released an updated Frequently Asked Questions page about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

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Argentum Commends New York Partner for Successful Advocacy

December 1, 2016

Argentum lauds state partner Argentum New York for its efforts in successfully advocating for passing legislation authorizing a new category of advanced home health aides to perform advanced tasks.

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Lab Grown Mini Brains Aid Alzheimer’s Disease Researchers

November 21, 2016

“Mini brains” grown in a lab and small enough to fit on the head of a pin are helping researchers better understand how the brain works and in turn, better understand diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome and Zika.

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Reminder: Argentum Members to Receive Movie Licensing Discount through Dec. 31

November 21, 2016

In October, Argentum and other leading industry associations entered into a new agreement with Motion Picture Licensing Corporation. The 2016 agreement establishes a special, limited time discount of 40 percent for qualifying member communities when an Um

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Voters Continue to Approve Aid-in-Dying Measures

November 21, 2016

Colorado became the sixth state to approve language allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives thanks to approximately two-thirds of voters supporting Proposition 106, the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act.

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CMS Announces 2017 Medicare Premiums and Deductibles

November 16, 2016

The Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for Social Security benefits will be 0.3 percent for 2017 and because of that low COLA, a statutory “hold harmless “ provision designed to protect seniors largely wi

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Report: Transforming Advanced Illness Care in the United States

November 16, 2016

The National Quality Forum has published a new issue brief “Strategies for Change – A Collaborative Journey to Transform Advanced Illness Care,” focusing on the nation’s transformation to person-centered care integrating individual preferences on medical,

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Survey: Assumptions About Old and Young Workers Are Often Wrong

November 16, 2016

Assumptions about old and young workers are often wrong, according to results of a new survey published in Harvard Business Review. The survey of more than 10,000 people ages 24 to 80 showed far fewer differences between age groups than traditional stereo

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CMS Puts Temporary Halt on Medicare ‘Seamless Conversion’

November 10, 2016

The federal government is preventing additional health insurance companies from automatically moving Medicare beneficiaries into Medicare Advantage plans while officials assess the practice.

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