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Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:50
On January 24, 2013, the federal district court in Vermont approved a nationwide settlement that affects many Medicare-covered individuals.
It had become routine for Medicare to stop paying for therapy (physical, occupational, and speech) if the individual was no longer showing improvement. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicare program, has agreed that the “improvement” standard was improper.
Monday, 28 January 2013 12:07
Hickman & Lowder recognizes "Bradley Bay"
For those of who don’t know, Bradley Bay Health Center in Bay Village offers long-term nursing home care, short-term rehabilitation services, and assisted living.
With an overall score of 97.49%, Bradley Bay scored highest in the State on the 2012 Family Satisfaction Survey.
The Survey was conducted by the Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Aging and under the direction of the Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman. More than 27,000 family members responded. Of the 948 nursing homes participating, 387 scored above the state average, and 229 scored 88% or better, earning them an additional "quality point" in a reimbursement formula used by the Office of Medical Assistance (Medicaid). (Source: Ohio Department of Aging)
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:41
As the U.S. population ages, demand for long-term services and supports is growing dramatically. Family caregivers of older adults are regarded as the backbone of the long-term care workforce (Noelker, 2001), and respite is an important resource for alleviating or preventing the stress they experience and for maintaining older adults in the community.
The Ohio Respite Coalition (ORC) is a statewide collaboration among family members, caregivers, advocates, respite providers, agencies, community groups, and state and local government officials who believe all caregivers could use a break once in a while.
Monday, 09 July 2012 14:11
Keith died last winter. He was a friend, a retired physician from New Jersey who had come to Ohio with his wife to enjoy his retirement years. Keith was kind and humble and gentle and smart. And even greater than those, Keith was wise.
For more than a decade I had the pleasure of meeting with Keith and a number of other retirees every Wednesday morning to discuss … ‘things’ – the changing world, quality of life, aging, health, how to leave a legacy and so on. Keith was the quiet one in the group, only speaking when he felt he could contribute something meaningful.
One Wednesday morning the group talked about retirement and how to create meaning in one’s life after the years of work and the raising of a family are behind us. Keith, with the wisdom of a physician coupled with more than eighty years of living a rich and productive life, shared that he often discussed retirement planning with his patients as it became clear that they would soon be leaving their careers behind. Before retirement, he advised, one should begin to develop a lifestyle that includes nurturing one’s mind, one’s body, one’s hands, one’s spirit and one’s relationships.
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- Monitoring Technology & Elder Care
- The Usual Bus Stop
- Veterans Benefits Factoid #2
- Choosing the Right Care for an Elder
- Direct Deposit for Social Security Checks
- The Doughnut Hole
- Computer Classes for Older Adults
- New Online Medicare Application
- A Chance Meeting
- Services for Older Adults
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