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Socioeconomic differences and factors such as the availability of physicians have a bigger impact on readmission rates for heart failure than a provider’s performance, a new study asserts.

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There were a flurry of votes in the U.S. Senate the week of May 13 on the 2013 budget plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and on budget alternatives developed by President Obama and Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT). None of these measures passed the Senate. Any real progress on the 2013 budget depends on the outcome of the election as to whether the White House and/or the Senate change hands. If partisan control shifts, each party may perceive an advantage to delaying work on budget issues until new party members come in in January, or conversely getting a spending bill done in December while the party still retains a majority.

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Use of proton pump inhibitors, which have medications used to suppress stomach acid, can increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infections, especially when combined with antibiotics, a new study finds.

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More accurate coding and reporting could be the reason behind a recent spike of fall-related deaths in the elderly, new research finds.

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The line separating assisted living and skilled care services continues to blur, according to panelists who spoke Wednesday at the Assisted Living Federation of America’s 2012 conference and expo near Dallas.

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As policymakers seek to integrate care for dual eligibles, they need to consider the cost of treating beneficiaries with dementia, new data suggests.

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A federal district judge has invalidated a union elections rule this week on the grounds that the National Labor Relations Board did not have a quorum when the so-called “microwave rule” was voted on.

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New research suggests that feeding tubes can cause or worsen pressure ulcers in elderly dementia patients — a finding that contradicts the commonly held belief that feeding tubes promote healing.

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Federal officials revealed more specifics on the Obama administration’s Alzheimer’s initiative, including details of two new clinical trials.

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Wealthy seniors should pay more in Medicare premiums, according to a brief from the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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Geriatric psychiatrists are defending the use of antipsychotics given to nursing home residents with dementia following a series of Boston Globe articles about the over-prescribing of such medications.

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Acupuncture appears to help the labored breathing that accompanies chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study suggests.

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Building, preserving, and operating affordable housing for seniors, both single family and multifamily rental, in rural America presents challenges and opportunities. In the winter edition of the Housing Assistance Council’s Rural Voices, the issues around rural senior housing are explored including a picture of seniors in rural America, case studies of repair and home modification programs in Iowa and California and building multifamily housing in rural communities, a discussion of the importance of the Section 202 program in rural America, housing and services programs, and the reverse mortgage program.

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Long-term care pharmacy provider Omnicare has agreed to pay the government $50 million to settle charges that it illegally dispensed controlled medications to long-term care residents.

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Cholesterol lowering medications known as statins might help prevent new-onset atrial fibrillation in elderly adults with hypertension, a new study reports.

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