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Jul 16 Nursing home residents are allowed to designate organizations as authorized representatives for Medicaid enrollment, final rule affirms (McKnights) -- In the final rule, CMS confirmed that organizations may serve as representatives, specifically citing the needs of nursing home residents who do not have family available for assistance. The rule also defines what authorized representatives may do... Read article »
 
Jul 16 Early diabetes signs often missed in those with Alzheimer's, researcher says (McKnights) -- A Georgetown University neurologist "was shocked" to find 48% of his study enrollees showed signs of undiagnosed prediabetes and diabetes. Read article »
 
Jun 28 Instead Of Being More Efficient, Private Insurers' Medicare Advantage Plans Have Cost Medicare Almost $300 Billion More Over The Life Of The Program (Medical News Today) -- A study published online finds that the private insurance companies that participate in Medicare under the Medicare Advantage program and its predecessors have cost the publicly funded program for the elderly and disabled an extra $282.6 billion Read article »
 
Jun 28 Space Travel may Accelerate Alzheimer's Disease (Advance-SLP) -- Exposure to radiation in space has the potential to accelerate the development of Alzheimer's disease in astronauts, U.S. researchers said. Read article »
 
Jun 28 Experiences of occupational therapists returning to work after maternity leave (Medworm) -- Conclusion: Occupational therapists returning to work after maternity leave will make compromises so that they can balance their home and work life. Read article »
 
May 17 Assessing The Efficacy Of Different Types Of Training Programs On Cognitive Performance In Elderly Patients (Medical News Today) -- Forget apples - lifting weights and doing cardio can also keep the doctors away, according a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute... Read article »
 
May 10 CMS explains therapy cap notification requirement, but more guidance needed, NASL leader says (McKnights) -- A recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid memorandum provides some clarity regarding new therapy cap notification rules, but providers still need guidance on other aspects of therapy reimbursement, according to Cynthia Morton, executive vice president of t Read article »
 
May 03 Lower Extremity Physical Performance Tests May Help Identify Kidney Disease Patients At Risk For Premature Death (Medical News Today) -- Kidney disease patients who have slower walking speed on physical performance tests seem to be more burdened by their disease than patients who perform well on lower extremity physical performance tests, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue Read article »
 
May 03 Simulator Training For Older Drivers (Medical News Today) -- In seeming contrast to the notion that the elderly often have memory problems, a new study from an HF/E researcher finds driver retraining to be an effective strategy for improving the safe-driving habits of older drivers over the long term... Read article »
 
May 03 Does Cracking Knuckles Or Joints Cause Arthritis? (Medical News Today) -- Cracking of joints, also referred to as "popping", is a form of joint manipulation that produces a popping or cracking sound, as may occur during knuckle-cracking, a deliberate action. People can crack several joints in their bodies, including the hips, w Read article »
 
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