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News by Topic: Elderly population

Jul 22, 2020 - Describes several new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiatives designed to protect nursing home residents from COVID-19. Initiatives include $5 billion in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Medicare-certified long term care facilities and state veterans' homes; requiring nursing homes with a 5% positivity rate or higher to test all staff each week; and additional technical assistance and support to nursing homes.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jul 14, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a large-scale procurement of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized rapid tests and devices to be distributed to nursing homes in COVID-19 hotspots across the U.S. Distribution will begin the following week with nursing homes prioritized by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 1, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is extending the comment period for submissions of innovative approaches to managing opioid medications for chronic pain in older adults. AHRQ will use the information for planning purposes and does not intend to comment on responses. Submissions are now due by August 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 25, 2020 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, a rural hospice in North Carolina made necessary changes to ensure the safety of their staff and patients, including utilizing protective gear, new visitation policies, and reduction of non-essential staff. Highlights creative solutions hospice workers have taken to help patients feel comfortable while in their care.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 23, 2020 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health launched the MENTAL Health Challenge to combat social isolation and loneliness in older adults, veterans, and people with disabilities. $750,000 in prizes will be awarded for the development of an easy-to-use online system that can help users connect and engage with their community, based on their interests and needs.
Source: Administration for Community Living
Jun 22, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) called for a commitment to value-based care due to Medicare claims data that shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Medicare population. Data highlights disparities in health outcomes for minority communities and low-income populations and shows that older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services