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LeadingAge’s first-floor gallery is the proud new home of The Passion Project, the brainchild of photographer Heidi Wagner. LeadingAge staff members, including president and CEO Larry Minnix, welcomed Wagner with an
opening reception.

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In honor of our 50th Anniversary, LeadingAge launched the Innovations Fund, a campaign focused on raising $2.5 million over the next 5 years to help our members develop transformational projects. Through the generosity of its members, LeadingAge intended to award $50,000 in its inaugural year but a matching grant from the NewCourtland Foundation (an affiliate of NewCourtland, a LeadingAge member) doubled the amount available. A total of $100,000 will now be available through the Innovations Fund in its inaugural year for projects that address the critical importance of bringing housing and services together to meet the needs of lower income elderly. Applications will be due on or before Oct. 30, but priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by Sept. 30. Recipients will be announced in November. 

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All states will eventually participate in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion once governors weigh its costs against its benefits, a top Medicaid official predicted Monday.

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Medicare and Medicaid federal expenditures will drop sharply over the next 10 years, according to a revised fiscal year 2013 “mid-session review” budget update.

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A top nursing home advocate touted the sector’s job-generating successes and stressed the need to protect federal funding sources at a recent policy conference for Democratic governors.

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Skilled nursing providers say they are pleased with the federal government’s decision to raise Medicare payments by 1.8% in fiscal year 2013. The cumulative $670 million pay hike will take effect Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed in a notice late Friday.

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Shift workers, especially those working overnight, are at a higher risk for having a stroke or heart attack, an analysis finds.

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A New Jersey skilled nursing facility was put on lockdown last week after workers opened a threatening letter that mentioned the Aurora, CO, movie theater shootings.

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We are pleased to announce the 2012 LeadingAge Award winners. All the winners demonstrate creativity and adaptability in the programs and practices they create, and they show that regardless of the uncertainties facing senior care and services over the next generation, our field has the right people in place to continue to create the future and expand the possibilities for aging.  

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) said the Senate would not be taking up any of the FY13 appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year forcing Congress to adopt a continuing resolution (C.R.) to continue governmental programs. The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have been at somewhat of an impasse because they have different funding levels for the Transportation-HUD (THUD) account.

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A new federal fraud-fighting initiative will apply increased scrutiny to provider health claims submitted to both government and private payers, government officials announced Thursday.

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Federal officials announced two updated quality indicator submission requirements for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) on Thursday.

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The tendency of Alzheimer’s patients to wander at night could be tied to the quantity of daylight they’re exposed to, new research finds. As a result, experts say that “light therapy” could be helpful in treating this behavior.

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Today is the last day for providers to enter the First Annual McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards — Connect Our World competition.

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One of the most interesting and timely sessions at this April’s PEAK Leadership Summit was a “Learning Circle” presented by Kathleen Griffin, that addressed a variety of topics relating to how aging-services providers can and should position themselves to thrive in the new world created by the Affordable Care Act. LeadingAge recently interviewed Griffin to learn more about how the changing landscape of health care provision will affect its members.

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