Monthly Archives: November 2009

Medicare Fraudster Rake In Billions

Medicare fraud is a multibillion-dollar business preying on an ever-increasing number of retiring baby boomers who often are being charged for medical treatments and products they don’t need and for services they don’t receive.

The health care reform legislation pending in Congress — and under debate in the Senate — relies on reining in these fraudulent schemes to help finance coverage for the uninsured. But analysts in and out of government question whether those savings …Read more ›

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To Profit Or Not To Profit – Which Are Better Care Homes?

Interesting article in www.naplesnews.com a local paper in Florida, which cites a study of state inspection records to state that not-for-profit care homes deliver a higher quality of care than their for-profit counterparts.

The study, conducted by examining the care homes ratings reports for the 28 nursing homes in the Naples, Florida area of which 64% are privately owned care homes , cited factors such as the fact that privately-run care homes run with approximately 1.5 …Read more ›

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Medical (Patient) Identity Theft Is On The Rise

Medical identity theft is on the rise and expected to worsen,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “The problem has grown during the recession as more uninsured people use the coverage of a friend, relative or even a stranger to get care. Of particular concern is the fact that most of the fraud is committed by people who pay medical workers for patients’ information.”

Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, “says the …Read more ›

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Holiday Gifts Suggestions For Nursing Home Residents

Dr. El’s blog. has a nice post today on holiday gifts for nureing home residents. Dr. El is dedicated to making nursing homes somewhere she’d want to live by the time it’s her turn to be in one, using her training as a psychologist.

With Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner, you may be wondering what would make a good present for a relative in a nursing home.

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The Class Act… A Flawed But Powerful Long Term Care Game-Changer

In his latest Kaiser Health News column, Howard Gleckman writes about the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. “Congress may be about to make major changes in the way 10 million frail elderly and adults with disabilities pay for long-term care services. Buried in both the House-passed health bill and the Senate Democratic leadership measure, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act would, for the first time, create a national …Read more ›

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Senior Housing – Some Good Deals To Be Found!

Anton Troianovski of the wsj has post today about some deals for senior housing. according to Michael Hargrave, a vice president at the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry, which tracks the sector, there is anecdotal evidence suggesting that many rental communities for seniors are offering concessions and discounts for the first time since the industry took off in the 1990s. “Concessions were never a big issue until just …Read more ›

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Safe Driving For Seniors: Officials Get Creative

A University of Florida study predicts that within 15 years, a quarter of all drivers in the U.S. will be age 65 and older.

Once they reach the over-75 age bracket, they’re more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than any other age group — except teenagers.

So how are officials in states like Florida, which has a huge population of senior citizens, addressing such questions as, can old drivers adopt new driving habits to …Read more ›

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How To Care For The Elderly?

Dr. Lewis A. Lipsitz, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and codirector of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. has an article today on the Boston Globe.

He talks about the care for seniors and the role of the Geriatrician.

ONE THING that is lost in the health care debate is how to care for the elderly. It’s ironic that at a time when thousands of Americans are struggling to find …Read more ›

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Great Playlist For Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Last week, I had a post about how music is a positive therapy for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients through the use of the iPod. The story mentioned theInstitute for Music and Neurologic Function. The Institute has a “Top 10s For Loved Ones With Memory Impairments”. The list includes top 10s from the 40s, 50, 60s, R&B, Spanish, Country and Spiritual hits, and is based on 30 years of experience. The Institute for Music …Read more ›

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Bankruptcies Hit Retirement Communities

Linda Stern of Newsweek has an article today about the impact of the recession on Continued Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs).

The recession is hitting elderly people where they live, literally. Financial problems have been mounting at a number of assisted-living and continuing-care communities, forcing some facilities into bankruptcies and inflicting new worries on residents and their families who thought their life plans were comfortably set. In recent weeks, Erickson Retirement Communities, …Read more ›

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