Panel's Battles on Health Highlight a Broader Split
from The New York Times
Senate Democrats swatted down Republican attempts to make fundamental changes in their health care legislation on Wednesday as the Finance Committee voted on a wide range of amendments that highlighted the deep partisan divide over the bill.
It's Crunch Time for Project 2020 in the Senate Finance Committee
It is crunch time for health reform legislation, and thus, for n4a and NASUA's efforts to get Project 2020 included in the health reform package. Senator Maria Cantwell, D.-Wash., has submitted six amendments based on Project 2020 that will be considered by the Finance Committee this week. Please contact your Senators to urge them to weigh in with their colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee in support of the Cantwell Project 2020 amendments. Ask them to reach out especially to Chairman Max Baucus (if they are Democrats) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley of Iowa (if they are Republicans) to express their support for the Project 2020 amendments. If you have a Senator on the Senate Finance Committee, your advocacy is especially important.
Raise Your Voice for the Elder Justice Act!
Elder justice advocacy organizations, including the Elder Justice Coalition of which n4a is a member, are working to drive signatures to a petition to members of Congress, asking them to become cosponsors of the Elder Justice Act. The Act will provide a dedicated funding stream to support efforts across the country to end elder abuse and neglect, a problem that affects as many as five million people and costs older Americans $2.6 billion. For the first time, it will establish a network at the federal level to address this ongoing problem. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to pass the EJA and give older people in America the security, dignity and equality they have earned and deserve.
Change Providers Mindsets About Technology
from Mobile Health News
The Center for Connected Health's Founder and Director, Dr. Joseph Kvedar recently stated that connected health technology companies have to make the case to providers that their solutions work better and save more money than a medical home solution that uses little technology and requires some traveling nurses. "It's a matter of changing provider mindsets to be thinking more [about connected health] and then marketing this solution to them," Kvedar said, "because [providers] will come back with: 'We just need the medical home, a couple of nurses, a pharmacist and we'll be fineÖ we donít need any tech.'
State of New Jersey OKs Private Home-health Provider; Nonprofits Voice Concern
from Addison Independent
State officials gave the green light to a private, New Jersey-based home-health services provider to operate in Vermont, a scenario that some state nonprofits believe could bring more competition in an industry already beset with tight margins. At issue is a successful effort from Bayada Nurses Inc. of Moorestown, N.J., to buy Professional Nurses Service Inc. of Vermont, which in 2005 became the first private firm to be given state permission to compete against nonprofits for clients in the home health services industry.
Massachusetts Panel OKs New Elderly Drivers Testing
from Land Line Magazine
Older drivers in Massachusetts could soon face greater scrutiny to get their licenses renewed. The push for legislation regulating older drivers has intensified this year after several wrecks in Massachusetts involving motorists in their 80s and 90s, which have caused injuries and death. The Joint Committee on Transportation favorably reported a bill that would require drivers 75 and older to pass an examination that tests their physical and cognitive skills. Currently, there are more than 320,000 registered drivers between the ages of 75 and 96 in the state.
Helping Elderly Leave Nursing Homes for a Home
from The New York Times
Walter Brown never wanted to live in a nursing home, but when he had a stroke two years ago, he saw little choice. Mr. Brown, 72, could not walk, use his left arm or transfer himself into his wheelchair. But recently state workers helped Mr. Brown find a two-bedroom apartment in public housing, which he shares with his daughter. A growing number of states are reaching out to people like Mr. Brown, who have been in nursing homes for more than six months, aiming to disprove the notion that once people have settled into a nursing home, they will be there forever.
Electronic Diaries for Diabetes Monitoring Improve Adherence
from Renal & Urology News
Diabetic patients appear to be proficient at using a mobile, handheld electronic diary that enables effective remote patient monitoring during intensive insulin titration. This finding, presented here at the 69th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, demonstrated that patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes were highly adherent and accurate when using the mobile device to relay critical information to their physicians.