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How The Medical System Is Failing People With Down Syndrome And Alzheimer’s Disease

Over just the past few decades, the life expectancy of people with Down Syndrome (DS) has increased from less than 30 years to nearly 60. But for many, that remarkable advancement comes at a high price. As they live longer, up to ninety percent of people with DS will have Alzheimer’s Disease. It is, in fact, the leading cause of death [...]

By |2022-02-10T13:53:33-05:00February 10th, 2022|dementia, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Consumers Are Getting New Information About Nursing Home Staffing But Need More

With nursing homes and other long-term care facilities desperately short of nurses and aides, it is more important than ever for consumers to know about staffing levels, quality, and turnover. But it has been difficult to get some key information. Now, the government has taken a modest step to help. In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [...]

By |2022-02-03T13:54:49-05:00February 3rd, 2022|nursing homes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Medicare Won’t Pay for Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm Without A New Trial

In a key decision, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said today that Medicare will not pay for the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Adulhelm until it sees positive results from a government-approved trial. In bureaucratic language: “Monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for the treatment of [Alzheimer’s Disease] provided outside of the CMS approved randomized controlled trials and trials supported [...]

By |2022-01-11T17:46:04-05:00January 11th, 2022|dementia|0 Comments

No Referendum On Washington State’s Public Long-Term Care Insurance Program, But Chages Coming

An effort to repeal Washington State’s public long-term care insurance program failed to get enough signatures by the end-of-year deadline to make it on the November ballot. At the same time, Democrats, who control the state legislature, have introduced multiple bills aimed at delaying or revising the program. The state was scheduled to start collecting a mandatory 0.58 percent payroll [...]

By |2022-01-05T14:11:42-05:00January 5th, 2022|long term care reform|0 Comments

Even After Covid, Could Congress Ignore The Long-Term Care Needs Of Older Adults?

Is it possible that Congress will do nothing to improve long-term services and supports for older adults and younger people with disabilities or assist their families? Even after 603,000 people over age 65 were killed by Covid-19 in the past two years. Yes, it is possible. The House version of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan included many provisions aimed [...]

By |2022-01-03T12:29:47-05:00January 3rd, 2022|long term care reform|0 Comments

What’s Behind Biogen’s Move To Cut Prices On Its Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm?

This week, drugmaker Biogen made a stunning announcement: It is going to cut in half the price of its controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm. Instead of selling the infusion drug for $56,000 annually to a typical user it will charge $28,000-a-year. It is, to say the least, unusual, for the maker of a potential blockbuster drug to cuts its price just [...]

By |2021-12-23T14:28:34-05:00December 23rd, 2021|dementia|0 Comments

Washington State Delays Public Long-Term Care Insurance Until April, Explores Changes

Facing a lawsuit and political opposition, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has delayed until April a payroll tax aimed at funding the state’s first-in-the-nation public long-term care insurance program. Inslee said the delay will give the legislature time to address what he called “areas that need adjustment.” A state long-term care commission advising the legislature and governor will recommend a [...]

By |2021-12-20T10:08:31-05:00December 20th, 2021|long-term care insurance, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is Supporting Family Caregivers Good For the Economy?

The congressional proposal to increase federal funding for Medicaid’s home and community-based (HCBS) long-term care program likely would benefit the US economy, although it could increase costs for those not receiving Medicaid. The HCBS expansion is included in the current House version of  President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) social spending, climate, and tax plan. Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV) and [...]

By |2021-12-14T15:17:20-05:00December 14th, 2021|family caregivers|0 Comments

Market And Political Pressures Grow On Skilled Nursing Facilities

The covid-19 pandemic drove a collapse in both patient volume and revenue for post-acute care in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). And while patient numbers have increased modestly since the worst of the pandemic, they remain far below 2019 and probably are financially unsustainable for the SNFs. At the same time, bipartisan federal legislation in the House and Senate would create [...]

By |2021-12-02T11:14:37-05:00December 2nd, 2021|nursing homes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The House Build Back Better Bill Makes Historic Changes for Older Adults, But Care Gaps Remain

The Build Back Better social spending bill the House passed this morning includes a long list of important changes aimed at improving the quality of life of older adults. There is much left to be done, and even this bill may be pared back in the Senate. But following the pandemic catastrophe for older adults, it would be significant progress. [...]

By |2021-11-19T15:16:56-05:00November 19th, 2021|long term care reform|0 Comments