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BREAKING: Medicare plans to cover approved Alzheimer’s drugs, Brooks-LaSure says

Medicare Part B will provide coverage for new amyloid-busting Alzheimer’s drugs as soon as the Food and Drug Administration grants traditional (full) approval, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday morning. Coverage will require clinicians to participate in a patient data registry.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday afternoon issued a final rule lifting the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers by early August.

Individuals who suffer heart attacks are more likely to suffer cognitive decline over time as they get older, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology.

Physical exercise has been well-documented to have many health benefits, but new research suggests it may also help with chronic pain management.

Nurses working in nursing homes are among the most likely to face discrimination on the job, with 88% saying in a new survey that they had seen or experienced workplace racism by patients.

New animal research in mice suggests that sleep deprivation may be associated with a greater risk for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in older adults.

New blood biomarker may help predict Alzheimer’s disease … New drug treatment accelerates wound healing in clinical study … Higher cardiovascular risk score linked to lower cognitive function… Specifically designed diets may delay tumor growth … FDA proposes easy-to-read medication guide for patients

Physicians billed Medicare for at least $22 million in services that should have been included under a skilled nursing stay, a new report from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found.

Bill aiming to stabilize residential long-term care struck down by governor … Removal of religious exemption from health network’s flu shot requirement leads to $100,000 settlement … GAO names three new members, including University of Chicago’s Tamara Konetzka, to MedPAC … Texas increases nursing home personal needs allowance by $15

Long-term care facility goes wild for petting zoo

Goats, donkeys, rabbits, miniature horses, sheep and a llama. That’s not a checklist for Noah’s Ark but rather the guests that visited Good Samaritan Society in Austin, MN, during National Skilled Nursing Care Week.  “The event was amazing, we love to celebrate our residents and staff!” said GSS Austin administrator Clara Stitt. “Most of our…

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