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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

08/20/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "The Big Sky State Addresses Alzheimer’s," "Why Crafting a State Alzheimer’s Plan Is Like Meeting an Elephant," and "Social Security Calls for Public Input on Its Strategic Vision for 2025."
08/14/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Sen. Kirk Visits BMA Community to Discuss Medicare," "Accreditation Group CARF Seeks Input on Dementia Care Standards," and "IRS Warns of Rampant Phone Scams Currently Circulating."
07/30/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "ABLE Act Aims to Create Tax-Free Savings Accounts for Disabled," "Medicare Alters Hospice Drug Reimbursement Rules," "New Educational Tool Available for Reducing Long-Term Care Infections," and "HUD Updates Assisted Living Mortgage Documents."

Recent Senior Living News:

08/26/2014
A top ALFA priority is to monitor legislative and regulatory activity throughout the states. By keeping a close watch on state activity, ALFA is able to advocate for meaningful laws and regulations while trying to prevent passage of reform that would negatively impact members and their residents.
08/26/2014
In the last fiscal year, the United States Postal Inspection Service obtained more than 400 arrests and 410 convictions nationwide, and most of those schemes disproportionately targeted older Americans, a postal official said at an Indiana field hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
08/26/2014
The U.S Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General operates a hotline accepting tips and complaints from healthcare professionals, family members, senior living residents and others about potential fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in HHS programs.
08/26/2014
Physician turnover remains high as more physicians retire, according to a new survey from the American Medical Group Association.
08/26/2014
Three new National Institutes of Health research awards totaling more than $19 million over five years will address the growing proportion of the U.S. population having multiple chronic medical conditions.
08/19/2014
The Senate Special Committee on Aging ventured outside of Washington, DC to hold a field hearing “”Alzheimer’s Disease: A Big Sky Approach to a National Challenge” addressing dementia and other issues in Montana.
08/19/2014
States are taking a closer look at their growing rates of residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and moving toward creating statewide plans, similar to the nation’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.
08/19/2014
Want to add in your two cents about Social Security? The Social Security Administration has issued a call for innovative and strategic ideas for how best to serve the public in 2025.
08/19/2014
Low vitamin D is associated with a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, although it’s unclear whether low doses of the vitamin is a cause of the disorders, according to a new study published online in the journal Neurology and reported in The New York Times.
08/19/2014
It was a man named Henry, confined to a wheelchair, slumping and inactive that changed Michael Rossato-Bennett’s life, and in turn the lives of many others.
08/13/2014
The White House along with many advocates of older Americans are gearing up for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
08/13/2014
BMA Management’s Chicago-based Heritage Woods community welcomed U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) this week to meet residents and discuss Medicare fraud and his new legislation designed to combat abuse within the Medicare system.
08/13/2014
The IRS released a warning this week about phone scams after receiving numerous complaints from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently identifying themselves as from the IRS.
08/13/2014
The American College of Cardiology has released a free online self-assessment curriculum designed for specialists and other clinicians caring for older adults who have cardiovascular disease.
08/13/2014
Accreditation group CARF International is asking for input on its proposed new and revised standards for aging services dementia care specialty programs and other related aging services programs.
08/05/2014
America’s seniors are becoming more proactive in improving their health and while they intend to continue living in their current home, most would turn to assisted living communities if they were no longer able to care for themselves, according to a new extensive study out from the National Council on Aging.
08/05/2014
The future of Social Security remains unchanged from last year although Medicare’s financial condition has improved considerably, according to this year’s annual report from Social Security’s trustees.
08/05/2014
Democratic Reps. Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania in a recent opinion piece made a push for legislation they introduced late last year that would protect veterans and federal retirees from pension advance schemes.
08/05/2014
Medicare should reconsider how it approaches patients who are admitted to a hospital as an inpatient versus those patients who are placed under “observation status” due to the financial consequences of each designation.
08/05/2014
The National Diabetes Education Foundation has released a new guide to help adults address the emotional impact of diabetes via education and support groups.


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