Burdens on caregivers are almost never anticipated or planned for

About 40 million people in America care for a family member, neighbor or friend who has limitations in everyday activities. We call these people “family caregivers.” Most of them juggle work and family caregiving responsibilities, which can seriously affect their physical and emotional health. Together, this invisible workforce provides 37 billion hours of care, which…

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The Future of Social Security – Social Security Board of Trustees Annual Report

By Kirk Larson Social Security Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one…

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CMS proposes changes to 'two midnight' rule

In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) cracked down on hospitals for services rendered in a “medically-unnecessary setting,” that is the hospitals were choosing to admit patients as inpatients rather than under observation. CMS responded by penalizing hospitals who admitted patients who should have been under observation first. Hospitals reacted by…

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