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Obama aide: Democrats will have votes for health care bill (Pioneer Press)
WASHINGTON — Raising the prospect of a "simple up-or-down vote" on health care reform, White House adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle said Sunday that she thinks Democrats will secure enough ayes on the measure and signaled that the administration could be moving toward trying to pass it along party lines.

Caring about adult care homes (Nashville City Paper)
Tennessee's health care entrepreneurs will soon have a new senior-care concept to develop. But will it be worth their while?

Obama aide says Democrats will have votes to pass health care reform (Denver Post)
Raising the prospect of a "simple up-or- down vote" on health care reform, White House adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle said Sunday she thinks Democrats will secure enough ayes on the measure.

EP senior makes good decision-making a priority (SouthtownStar)
Brooke Telander's daily schedule is packed full of academics and activities. But the Evergreen Park High School senior's favorite extracurricular activity is Operation Snowball, a group that works to prevent the abuse of alcohol,tobacco and other drugs. "It is all about making good decisions," she said.

Moving a loved one into a care facility (Tri-County Times)
Transitioning a family member from their home of many years to an assisted living facility or nursing home can be heartbreaking and challenging. Decisions involve honest discussions with family members and personal physicians, and visits to potential facilities.

Milan Urgent Care Clinic closes (The Milan News-Leader)
The Milan Urgent Care Clinic at 3 E. Main St. has been closed, at least temporarily. Plans to re-open it are being negotiated with two or three different parties, said Owen Diaz, who operated the clinic.

• Cost of care for people who can't pay (The Salisbury Post)
By Shavonne Potts spotts@salisburypost.com A recent study released by the N.C. Health Access Coalition found that state hospitals provided $694 million in free care during 2008, the most recent available data. The study specifically addresses how ...

SENIOR CALENDAR (Port Clinton News Herald)
A program of exercises, crafts, entertainment and education combines with meals served at the Ottawa County Senior Citizens Center and nutrition sites to form the county senior citizens activities program.

Reconciliation showdown ahead on health care? (CNN)
With the health care summit showing no sign of getting either side to budge, lawmakers are staking out positions in the battle many believe is imminent: a presidential effort to push legislation through without Republican support.

Maxim Group LLC Expands Equity Research Department With the Appointment of a Senior Medical Device Analyst (Marketwire)
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - Maxim Group LLC, a leading full service investment banking, securities and wealth management firm today announced the appointment of Vivian Cervantes as a Senior Medical Device Analyst.

Home Instead Senior Care Opens Expanded Mountain View Facility (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - 03/01/10) - Home Instead Senior Care will celebrate the opening of its new Mountain View, Calif. facility March 3, highlighting its growing business and ongoing commitment to communities across the South Bay. The 2,800-square-foot space showcases a resource center for Home Instead's CAREgivers and referral network who can utilize it to access training materials ...

Maria D. Solomon is Recognized by Continental Who's Who Among Health Care Professionals (redOrbit)
NEW YORK, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Maria D. Solomon is recognized by Continental Who's Who among Health Care Professionals. Maria is a Senior Social Worker at NY Presbyterian Hospital- Payne Whitney Manhattan. Maria has worked as a Therapist at NY Presbyterian for 15 years.

Kannapolis Intimidators Launch Senior Club Program For 2010 Season (OurSports Central)
KANNAPOLIS, NC - The Kannapolis Intimidators, along with its corporate partners, Morningside Assisted Living & Alzheimer's Care, Crescent Heights Independent Retirement Living, Hometown Oxygen and Horizon Bay Retirement Living have announced that the Intimidators Senior Club, now in its third season, will return again for the 2010 campaign.

Alexza Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Cowen and Company 30th Annual Health Care Conference (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that company Senior Vice President and CFO August J. Moretti will present during the Cowen and Company 30th Annual Health Care Conference on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

Dallas trauma unit offers special care for seniors (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
DALLAS — According to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, hospitalization accounts for nearly 30 percent of all Medicare spending. A unique new program at a North Texas hospital could reduce those costs, while increasing care to seniors. The "geriatric" — or G-60 — unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center is specifically geared to patients over 60. Older patients often suffer more complications ...

Ex-NB resident jailed for swindling elderly (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung)
A former New Braunfels resident, known locally for his lawn care and landscaping business, is in jail in Redding, Calif. for allegedly committing financial elder abuse amounting to $7 million.

Venus Williams wins Billie Jean King Cup (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Serena Williams' injured leg kept her from a chance to avenge her U.S. Open loss to Kim Clijsters. So sister Venus took care of the job. Venus Williams defeated Kim Clijsters 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden to win the Billie Jean King Cup in the BNP Paribas Showdown, a match she lost a year ago to Serena.

Pelosi says Obama to propose 'smaller' health care bill; Durbin defends reconciliation (News-Medical-Net)
During a stop in Denver Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Barack Obama plans to propose a "health care bill that will be 'much smaller' than the House bill but 'big enough' to put the country on a 'path' toward health care reform" within days, FoxNews.com reports. According to a senior administration official, Obama plans to unveil his proposal Wednesday

Venus Williams tops Clijsters to win Billie Jean King Cup (USA Today)
Serena Williams' injured leg kept her from a chance to avenge her U.S. Open loss to Kim Clijsters. So sister Venus took care of the job.

Moving a loved one into a care facility (Tri-County Times)
Transitioning a family member from their home of many years to an assisted living facility or nursing home can be heartbreaking and challenging. Decisions involve honest discussions with family members and personal physicians, and visits to potential facilities.

Use real estate creatively when paying for care (Daily Local News)
When seniors need help for care, they may be cash poor but living in a home with substantial equity.

Congress's Outrageous Failure To Act Means Deep Cuts To Medicare Payments That Jeopardize Health Care For Seniors (Medical News Today)
The California Medical Association called on Congress to act immediately to prevent deep Medicare cuts scheduled to take effect Monday that would hamper senior citizens' access to care and force physicians to contemplate turning away patients or dropping out of the program altogether. "It's unconscionable that Congress has not intervened to prevent this coming train wreck," said Brennan Cassidy ...

Milan Urgent Care Clinic closes (The Milan News-Leader)
The Milan Urgent Care Clinic at 3 E. Main St. has been closed, at least temporarily. Plans to re-open it are being negotiated with two or three different parties, said Owen Diaz, who operated the clinic.

$2.7 Million In Grants To Improve Cancer Care Awarded By The ASCO Cancer Foundation(R) & Susan G. Komen For The Cure(R) (Medical News Today)
The challenges facing young women with breast cancer, and the promise of high-tech cancer care in rural settings, are the subjects of innovative new grants addressing real-life issues in cancer care, awarded by the ASCO Cancer Foundation®, with funding from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The $2.7 million in grants are the first ever from The ASCO Cancer Foundation's new Improving Cancer Care ...

Venus tops Clijsters to win Billie Jean King Cup (Sports Illustrated)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams' injured leg kept her from a chance to avenge her U.S. Open loss to Kim Clijsters, so sister Venus took care of the job on Monday.

Home Instead Senior Care Seminar Will Focus on Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Management (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - 03/02/10) - Approximately 4.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's, and by 2050 the disease could affect anywhere from 11 to 16 million people. To shed more light on this serious subject, Home Instead Senior Care will hold a "Changing the World of Alzheimer's" day-long seminar with a top expert in the field on Wednesday, March 24 in San Francisco. Teepa Snow ...

Home Instead Senior Care Seminar Will Focus on Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Management (Marketwire)
San Francisco Event Will Target Caregivers, Health-Care Providers

Institute on Aging Study: Adult Day Health Care Improves Senior Participants' Quality of Life (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
SAN FRANCISCO----A recent study by San Francisco’s Institute on Aging documents that adult day health programs play a vital role in helping senior participants maintain their health and independence.

JRMC, Senior Care To Sponsor Suicide Prevention Walk March 13 (The Johnson County Graphic)
Johnson Regional Medical Center and Senior Care will hold the first annual “SPOTlight on Suicide” (Suicide Prevention of Teens) walk on Saturday, March 13, from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. at Metheny Field.

Senior Advocate: Hospice care is covered by Medicare Part A (Ventura County Star)
Q: I’ve read that one of the benefits under Medicare coverage is hospice care. Can you explain exactly what hospice care is and does that replace regular Medicare benefits?A: Hospice is a type of care for the terminally ill.The focus of hospice care is comfort and pain relief rather than treatment of the disease itself.Those qualifying for hospice care can obtain medical and support services ...

Blaine Co. commissioners consider levy for senior care facility (The Times-News)
HAILEY — Since 2001, Blaine County has subsidized the county’sonly senior care facility, Blaine Manor, to the tune of about$600,000 a year.

Ex-NB resident jailed for swindling elderly (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung)
A former New Braunfels resident, known locally for his lawn care and landscaping business, is in jail in Redding, Calif. for allegedly committing financial elder abuse amounting to $7 million.

New e-record sharing helps senior care (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
New record sharing will allow doctors and other health care providers to learn of non-medical, county-funded services that their senior patients are receiving from community agencies.

Moving a loved one into a care facility (Tri-County Times)
Transitioning a family member from their home of many years to an assisted living facility or nursing home can be heartbreaking and challenging. Decisions involve honest discussions with family members and personal physicians, and visits to potential facilities.

athenahealth, DaVita to deliver web-based EHR and revenue cycle management service to nephrologists (News-Medical-Net)
athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of internet-based business services to physician practices, and DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), announced a partnership to deliver an integrated, web-based electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management service to nephrologists across the country.

Obama to use some Republican health care ideas (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US President Barack Obama will incorporate Republican suggestions for a health care overhaul when he lays out his plans Wednesday to get the historic legislation passed by Congress.

Obama's new health care reform plan to include GOP ideas (CNN)
In a last-ditch attempt to craft a bipartisan health care reform bill, President Obama will release a new proposal Wednesday that will include Republican ideas on tort reform and health savings accounts, according to Democratic officials familiar with the plans.

Milan Urgent Care Clinic closes (The Milan News-Leader)
The Milan Urgent Care Clinic at 3 E. Main St. has been closed, at least temporarily. Plans to re-open it are being negotiated with two or three different parties, said Owen Diaz, who operated the clinic.

Family hopes elder abuse case will help future victims (Smoky Mountain News)
The conviction of former Jackson County employee Marc Hawk on elder abuse charges last month closed the book on a painful family struggle. Now, the relatives of the victim, Earla Mae Cowan, are hoping the case also changes the way elder abuse is prosecuted in the future.

Single dose only (Business Standard India)
During the customary post-Budget interactions with the industry chambers — Ficci, CII and Assocham — Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had two specific queries on the health-care sector. While Shivinder Mohan Singh, the managing director of Fortis Healthcare, expressed the health-care industry’s disappointment with the Budget on behalf of Ficci, his elder brother and Chairman of Fortis ...

CRL Senior Living Communities Commitment to Quality Care Demonstrated in New Clinical Outcomes Report Card (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
CRL’s Michael Munter to Serve Additional Two-Year Term on Wisconsin Assisted Living Association Board, Will Help Establish Quality of Care Rankings for Industry

FOR ALL SENIOR CARE EXECUTIVES: The SeniorCare Investor Audio Conference Series Continues with Annual Study of Senior ... (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NORWALK, Conn.----The SeniorCare Investor announces the continuation of it award-winning audio conference series with “Senior Care Mergers and Acquisitions: Rising from the Bottom”.

Senior Citizens Face New Obstacles To Getting Care, After Medicare Slashes Payments (Medical News Today)
The California Medical Association renewed its call for Congress to reverse deep Medicare cuts that took effect today and threaten the ability of senior citizens to get access to medical care. "As physicians, our mission in life is to serve our patients and protect their health," said Brennan Cassidy, MD, president of CMA. "We are incensed that Congress has allowed these cuts to take place and ...

"Almost Home" screens free in Brooklyn (New York Post)
“Most of us live in denial - but it’s staring us right in the face: we’re going to get old, and so are our loved ones.” Change is afoot inside nursing homes and elder care facilities across the nation - but not quick enough for those suddenly finding...

Britthaven owner a powerful player in elder-care business (WRAL.com Raleigh)
The parent company of a Chapel Hill nursing home under investigation following the death of a patient last month is a major donor to state political candidates.

Old Colony Elder Services Urges Baby Boomers to Learn More About Long Term Care Planning Now (dBusinessNews.com)
Boston - BROCKTON, MA. Did you know that approximately 70 percent of people over the age of 65 need some form of long term support services? Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a non-profit Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) located in Brockton, is supporting the Executive Office of Elder Affairs' (EOEA) campaign “Embrace Your Future” to raise awareness about the importance of long term care ...

UPDATED: Home Instead Senior Care Opens Expanded Mountain View Facility (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - 03/03/10) - Home Instead Senior Care celebrated the opening of its new Mountain View, Calif. facility today, highlighting its growing business and ongoing commitment to communities across the South Bay. The 2,800-square-foot space showcases a resource center for Home Instead's CAREgivers and referral network who can utilize it to access training materials and ...

Landscape ideas blossom for new senior care facility (The Times-News)
HAILEY — Directors of the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation had atouch of spring fever as they recently reviewed landscaping plansfor a senior care and retirement community that would replaceBlaine Manor in Hailey.

Moving a loved one into a care facility (Tri-County Times)
Transitioning a family member from their home of many years to an assisted living facility or nursing home can be heartbreaking and challenging. Decisions involve honest discussions with family members and personal physicians, and visits to potential facilities.

Institute On Aging Study: Adult Day Health Care Improves Senior Participants' Quality Of Life (Medical News Today)
A recent study by San Francisco's Institute on Aging (IOA) documents that adult day health programs play a vital role in helping senior participants maintain their health and independence. Since the 1970s, adult day health care has been promoted as an alternative to nursing home care for seniors with chronic illness, disability, or dementia. There are currently 4,600 adult day health centers ...






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