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Archive for August 2nd, 2012

The congressional August recess has effectively begun, but before departing for home or other recess travels, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act (H.R. 8). This measure would extend all the tax cuts of 2001 – 2003 through the end of 2013. And, while LeadingAge members meet with legislators in home offices, we will continue to work the congressional staff remaining in town to urge that the still-to-be-written continuing resolution for 2013 include the House-passed funding level for Section 202 housing, including the $50 million for new construction. We all have our recess work cut out for us.

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In a set of recommendations published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, authors of a new report urge the federal government to accelerate the adoption of fee-for-service alternatives such as bundled payment programs.

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Elderly adults who undergo surgery to remove cataracts dramatically lower their risk for a hip fracture within the first year of surgery, new research finds.

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American nursing homes are staring down a cumulative Medicare funding reduction worth $65 billion over the next 10 years, a first of it’s kind 50-state analysis finds.

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Congratulations to Liberty Lutheran’s President and CEO, Luanne Fisher, Ph.D., of Horsham, PA. At this year’s LeadingAge2012 PA Annual conference in June, she was named the recipient of the Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award.

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LeadingAge supports the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act, a bipartisan measure introduced by Senators Al Franken (MN), Jay Rockefeller (WV) and Richard Lugar (IN). The legislation would give Medicare beneficiaries access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a proven, cost-effective initiative to help individuals at risk of the disease make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent it.

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