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Nursing Home Surprise: Advantage Plans May Shorten Stays to Less Time Than Medicare Covers

After 11 days in a St. Paul, Minnesota, skilled nursing facility recuperating from a fall, Paula Christopherson, 97, was told by her insurer that she should return home.

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Medicare changes payment structure for heart attacks, hip fractures

The cardiac and hip fracture experiments are the latest development in a big push under the Obama administration to reinvent Medicare, steering the program away from paying piecemeal for services, regardless of quality and cost.

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Advocates push again For Spouse As Caregivers

BOSTON — At a State House hearing on Beacon Hill June 16, advocates for the elderly and disabled pushed for legislation that would allow MassHealth members to hire their spouse to be paid to provide for their personal care. Unlike 17 other states, Massachusetts regulations allows many family members to be paid as caregivers — […]

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Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

WASHINGTON — More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year. The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Tuesday. It shows that inflation has been relatively low over the past year, despite the recent surge in gas prices, […]

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Will the government pay for my long-term care?

By Cathleen Summers According to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “people who reach age 65 will likely have a 40 percent chance of entering a nursing home. About 10 percent of the people who enter a nursing home will stay there five years or more. This year, about nine […]

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When Does Medicare Pay for Skilled Nursing Services?

By Sheila Blair Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have become more and more sophisticated over the years, offering more complex medical services to a much broader population beyond just the elderly. Skilled services may be nursing-related, rehabilitative therapy-related or both, and are intended for patients who need more frequent intervention than is available with home health […]

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