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The Nursing Home Transparency Act is Now Pending Before Congress

From Anne Duvoisin, Attorney/Partner, HensonFuerst Nursing Home Practice: “The Nursing Home Transparency Act is now pending before Congress. Blog viewers are encouraged to review the full bill via the link below, and they are strongly encouraged to contact their Congressional delegates in the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives to urge this …

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New Medicaid Rules Allow States to Set Premiums and Higher Co-Payments

A new federal rule gives states sweeping authority to charge premiums and higher co-payments for doctors’ services, hospital care and prescription drugs provided to low-income people under Medicaid. The rule is expected to save money for the federal government and the states. But public health experts and even some federal officials predicted that many low-income …

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Depression Leads to Internal Body Fat in 70-Somethings, Study Suggests

 “For the depressed public, it should be another reason to take one’s symptoms seriously and look for treatment,” said study co-author Stephen Kritchevsky, director of the Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. People with depression were twice as likely as others to gain visceral fat — the kind that surrounds …

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Diabetes Drug Linked with Higher Risk of Death in Elderly

Recent studies show that elderly patients taking Avandia, or also known as rosiglitazone, have a 15% higher death rate than those taking a similar drug Actos, also known as pioglitazone.  Specifically, the drug appears to increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes or other cardiovascular events.  While additional research is suggested by the medical community, …

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Could (or Should) Filial Responsibility Laws Require Adult Children to Support Elderly Parents?

With the economic crisis growing in the federal government, there has been quite a buzz recently on the issue of whether adult children should be required by law to support elderly parents who require assistance to pay for necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical attention.  In fact, as a technical matter, 30 states in …

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November Elections May Open Door to Changes in Mandatory Arbitration Provisions

Given the recent election results, many experts are now thinking that there may be enough votes in the legislature and executive branches to pass a bill that will prohibit Mandatory Binding Arbitration.  This would be a welcome protection for residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, who are often the unfortunate victims of …

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When Alzheimer's Hits at 40

Alzheimer’s Disease is not just a disease of the elderly.  A little less than one percent of its victims are between ages 40 and 55.  Click this link to read The Wall Street Journal article about early onset Alzheimers’ effect on young families.

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