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House Bill Likely to Include Long-Term Health Care
from The New York Times
House health care legislation expected within days is likely to include a new long-term care insurance program to help seniors and disabled people stay out of nursing homes, senior Democrats say. More
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Policy Update

Pelosi Backs Off Set Rates for Public Option
from The New York Times
Under pressure from moderate-to-conservative members of the House Democratic caucus, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided to propose a government-run insurance plan that would negotiate rates with doctors and hospitals, rather than using prices set by the government, aides said. More
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Medicare Costs Key to Health Care Reform
from U.S. News & World Report
About 45 million elderly or disabled people get their health insurance from Medicare. In 2008, it cost the government about $450 billion. The figure is growing rapidly, consuming ever larger chunks of the federal budget, something Congress desperately wants to fix as part of health care reform. But as events last week showed, Congress so far isn't up to the task. More
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Lawmakers, White House Consider Bipartisan Route To Bend Health 'Cost Curve'
from Kaiser Health News
Amid growing signs that health care overhaul legislation will do little to "bend the cost curve" in the coming decade, lawmakers and administration officials are considering tougher steps to rein in costly entitlement programs and address mounting concerns about soaring deficits. More
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Research & Trends

No Elder Left Behind: Researchers Say Designers Can Help Close Tech Gap
from NewsWise
While more older adults than ever are using cell phones and computers, a technology gap still exists that threatens to turn senior citizens into second-class citizens, according to Florida State University researchers. More
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Why Doctors Threaten to Ditch Medicare Patients
from CNN Money
Medicare has become a scary word to the doctors at the largest private group practice in Kansas City, Mo. It's so scary that most physicians at Kansas City Internal Medicine, with 65 perdent of its nearly 70,000 active patients age 65 or older, have stopped accepting walk-in Medicare enrollees, said Dr. David Wilt, an internist at the group. More
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Could 'Medical Homes' Bring Order to Health Care?
from The Associated Press via Google
A thousand miles from the health care debate in Washington, D.C., Dr. Don Klitgaard and his colleagues are carrying out their own reform in a small Iowa community. They've reorganized their clinic so nurses bird-dog patients whose health problems, if ignored, could send them to the emergency room. In a traditional practice, the doctor is the center of universe. In the new model, he or she is part of a team. Turning a doctor's office into a "medical home" starts with an attitude shift. More
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Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone
Alzheimer's Association Comfort ZoneT, powered by Omnilink, launched Oct. 22.

Comfort Zone is a new Web-based location management service that can help give people with the disease more freedom and independence in their community while providing families some peace of mind. Comfort Zone is the first location management system designed specifically with people with Alzheimer's in mind by combining the latest technology with flexibility. It allows families to change devices and plans as a person's disease progresses and monitoring needs change. It is a great example of what the Alzheimer's Association can do for people facing this disease.

Perhaps this new service will be a tool for your employees who are facing the challenges of working and having elder care duties or a tool you can refer to the families you serve who may be seeking innovative solutions to help their loved one stay active as long as possible while providing them some peace of mind.

For more specific information about Comfort Zone visit:

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