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Older adults receiving home care are missing out on palliative care: study

Older adults who receive care at home tend not to get palliative care before they die, according to a new report published today in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). 

Bilingualism, higher education in life offers some cognitive protection in aging

People who are bilingual throughout their lives, and use dual languages in everyday life, have some protection against cognitive impairment, a new study finds.

Depression coaching program eases symptoms for older adults

A program called "Do More, Feel Better” is helping older adults battle depression — but not the traditional way with counseling from a therapist. Instead of using mental health specialists, coaches are trained to help people.

Clinical briefs for Monday, Feb. 26

2023 pharma CEO salaries revealed … Biomarkers can spot changes 20 years prior to Alzheimer's diagnosis … Headset plays part in physical therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease … Medicare OKs genetic test for tumors … Deep brain stimulation spots circuits linked to Parkinson’s, more disorders

False Claims notch a record year, increasing threat to skilled nursing

Healthcare providers were forced to pay a historic $2.7 billion to resolve federal False Claims Act allegations last year, an escalation that will likely allow the government to support even more investigations in years to come.

Advocates praise proposed observation-stay as long-overdue solution

A major advocate for Medicare beneficiaries and about 40 cosigners are embracing a proposed process for observation stay appeals, calling it 15 years overdue in a formal comment letter set to be sent to federal regulators today.

Amid Athena’s financial struggles, $750K in tax bills go unpaid

The operator of more than 40 nursing homes in three states is facing pressure from local governments to repay more than $750,000 in overdue utility and tax payments.

Also in the News for Monday, Feb. 26, 2024

CMS to employees: Come back to the office … Facing Medicaid cut, staff rally at dozens of NY nursing homes … Community protests looming closure of 100-year-old nursing homes

ADVION legislative conference to offer CMS insights

ADVION's 2024 Legislative & Regulatory Conference will feature three top Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials when it kicks off in Washington, DC, next month.

Survey: MA beneficiaries more likely to experience delays in care 

About 65% of people with traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage (MA) say they’re satisfied with their coverage, but a large portion of people aren’t totally on board with their healthcare plans, according to a new survey from The Commonwealth Fund.

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