CMS reworks the Medicare cost report for hospitals

CMS reworks the Medicare cost report for hospitals

From JD Supra — By Alek Pivec —   On December 29, 2022, CMS posted on its website Transmittal 18, which implements sweeping changes to the Medicare cost report for hospitals and its accompanying instructions. The revisions affect nearly every facet of Medicare...
New Alzheimer’s disease drug gets FDA green light

New Alzheimer’s disease drug gets FDA green light

From AARP.org —   By Rachel Nania —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Jan. 6 granted accelerated approval to lecanemab (brand name Leqembi), a drug that in initial clinical trials slowed the rate of cognitive decline in patients in the early stages of...
For caregivers, holidays present challenges: Here’s how to help

For caregivers, holidays present challenges: Here’s how to help

From The Plain Dealer —   By GRETCHEN CUDA KROEN —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — The holidays can be a stressful time of year for anyone, but for those who have taken on the role of caregiver for an aging or disabled family member, the holiday season can be especially...
Medicare pay cuts will hurt seniors’ care, doctors argue

Medicare pay cuts will hurt seniors’ care, doctors argue

From the Kaiser Family Foundation —  By Michael McAuliff —  Doctors are urging Congress to call off cuts scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 in the reimbursements they receive from Medicare. In what has become an almost yearly ritual, physician groups are arguing that...
Hospitalizations signal rising COVID-19 risk for US seniors

Hospitalizations signal rising COVID-19 risk for US seniors

From AP News —  By CARLA K. JOHNSON and LAURA UNGAR —  Coronavirus-related hospital admissions are climbing again in the United States, with older adults a growing share of U.S. deaths and less than half of nursing home residents up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations....
Shortage of home care workers a ‘real challenge’

Shortage of home care workers a ‘real challenge’

From Disability Scoop —  By David Wahlberg, The Wisconsin State Journal/TNS MADISON, Wis. — Born with cerebral palsy, Adrienne Murdent, 59, uses a wheelchair and relies on aides to help her get up, go to the bathroom, bathe, prepare meals and clean her condo on...
8 in 10 nursing home residents given psychiatric drugs, report finds

8 in 10 nursing home residents given psychiatric drugs, report finds

From AARP —  By Emily Paulin– Eight in 10 elderly nursing home residents on Medicare were prescribed psychiatric drugs during a recent nine-year period, a new government report has found. That’s roughly a million residents per year. The report, released last week by...