Nursing home chain agrees to pay $38 million to settle government claims of deficient care

The nursing home chain, Extendicare, which owns 150 nursing homes in 11 states including 15 facilities in Washington, has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve federal claims that it inappropriately billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care and unnecessary therapy. A federal investigation found that the company failed to provide appropriate care, follow safety…

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Will you live too long?

You might have missed it. The government released new findings this month that the life expectancy of Americans at birth has reached a record high.  As we hit age 65, we now have a time horizon of 20 more years for women and 18 more years for men.  The report found that healthier lifestyles and…

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Study reverses Alzheimer's disease

In a very small study of ten individuals with memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, amnestic mild cognitive impairment or subjective cognitive impairment, nine of the ten individuals experienced subjective or objective improvement in their memories within three to six months of beginning a program. The remaining individual had late stage Alzheimer’s and did not…

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