ACLU of Hawaii calls out senior living facility after it submits memo refusing residents right to die

Kahala Nui, an O’ahu-based retirement community, issued a memo to residents in May of this year after the recently passed Our Care, Our Choice Act, stating that residents were not permitted any use or activity that doens’t align with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Honolulu. The Our Care, Our Choice Act allows terminally ill patients to obtain lethal prescription medication to end a patient’s life. The memo violates federal law, according to the ACLU of …

Providers worry that proposed rule could cut Medicaid revenue

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The CMS is drafting a proposed rule that would give states greater flexibility in paying (or not paying) for non-emergent medical transportation (NEMT) for Medicaid beneficiaries. This proposed rule aligns with CMS’ repeated intentions to create “a new era for the federal and state Medicaid partnership where states have more freedom to design programs that meet the spectrum of diverse needs of their Medicaid population,” as stated in a letter from HHS secretary …

JAMA addresses issues with elder abuse screening

In editorials in this week’s issue of JAMA, authors discussed the need for more research in developing better screening tools for discovering instances of elder abuse.
The authors were responding to a statement issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that it “found no evidence about whether screening can successfully identify elderly or vulnerable adults who are being abused,” nor did it find evidence that screening can prevent elder abuse.
The editorial argues that …

Florida Governor warns that SNFs and ALFs have “no excuse” if caught unprepared for Hurricane Michael

Last year, Hurricane Irma knocked out power to a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida. Without a functioning generator, 14 residents died. According to CBS News, Gov. Rick Scott is warning facilities to prepare in order to avoid a similar tragedy:
“If you’re responsible for a patient, you’re responsible for the patient. Take care of them,” Scott said. “That means you need to make sure that you have back up generation power or you shouldn’t be taking …