AMA calls for funding of long-term care and support

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced during its 2018 annual meeting that it recognized the growing importance of long-term services and supports (LTSS). In 2015, national spending for LTSS exceeded $331 billion, more than half of which was funded by Medicaid.
According to AMA Board Member Stephen R. Permut, MD, JD, “Rising costs of everything from home ownership to higher education are making it harder than ever for Americans to save for retirement and the long-services …

Father’s Day is June 17: Plan a brunch at your senior living facility

The following tip comes from HCPro’s The Big Book of Senior Living Activities.
Father’s Day is a great opportunity to engage your male residents and their families. Assisted living and other senior communities can plan a brunch, which usually involves a joint effort between the dietary department and activities department. Create invitations and mail them to adult children (or primary contact) and invite them to brunch. Include an RSVP to ensure an adequate count for food. …

CMS asks Medicare insurance providers to monitor prescriptions of Neudexta

CMS is warning insurance providers to watch prescriptions of Neudexta for off-label use. Neudexta is a prescription meant to treat symptoms of pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which can cause uncontrollable laughter or crying. As CNN reports, prescribing for off-label use is not illegal, but creating a false diagnosis in order to secure coverage of the prescription is fraud.
A CNN investigation last fall indicated that the prescription drug was being given to those without PBA to control …

Federal report suggest nearly 700 ways to improve dementia care

A May 2018 federal report, National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers, provides 694 recommendations for research and advancing care for people living with dementia.
According to LeadingAge, recommendations span 12 themes designed to guide research investments by public and private stakeholders in the field of care, services, and supports for people living with dementia.
The report calls for:

Involving providers in the identification of dementia research priorities and relevant …