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The Week’s Aging News and Information

by Derrick

Happy Friday. Here’s news from the past week.

Medicaid Expenditures for Long Term Services and Supports in FY 2013

The annual Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) expenditure report for FY 2013 is now available. The report includes Medicaid expenditures for all LTSS, including institutional and non-institutional settings, by service category and state. This year’s report shows that home and community-based services composed a majority of LTSS spending. Additionally, it explains the changes, summarizes the data, and describes national trends. There is also an infographic depicting the data from 2013.

Click here to access the report and findings.

Annual Redetermination of Medicare Part D Informational Brief
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin on October 2, 2015, regarding the states’ role in providing dual eligible beneficiaries with timely, affordable, and comprehensive coverage under Medicare Part D. Currently, CMS is preparing for the annual redetermination of Medicare Part D low-income subsidy deemed status. This guidance was issued as letters to State Medicaid Directors, State Health Officials, Informational Bulletins, and Frequently Asked Questions.
 Click here to view the brief.
 Many Seniors Given Antipsychotic Meds, Despite Potential Problems
Antipsychotic drug use in American seniors increases with age, a new study cautions. The researchers found that the percentage of people aged 80 to 84 who received a prescription for an antipsychotic drug was twice that of people aged 65 to 69. This increase is occurring despite the known risks of serious side effects such as stroke, kidney damage, and death, they added.

Follow this link for the source and more information.

Mediterranean Diet May Keep Your Mind Healthier in Old Age

In news that sounds a bit like it came straight from a sci-fi thriller, researchers say that eating too much meat might shrink your brain.

On the flip side, however, eating healthy foods from the so-called Mediterranean diet may help your brain stay in good shape as you get older, the new study suggests. The researchers said that people over 65 who ate more fish, vegetables, fruit, grains and olive oil had a larger brain volume than a similar group who didn’t follow a Mediterranean diet.

Follow this link for the source and more information.

National Institute on Aging Blog Post

Two recent blog posts illustrate the complex challenge to NIA in its current budget planning. On the one hand, we have launched a substantial “short-term, high-priority” R56 award program. It is a response to the intense competition for our limited pool of competing general research funds. On the other hand, we have announced the publication of 10 funding opportunity announcements with a primary focus on Alzheimer’s disease because it is possible that we will see a substantial increase in funds for Alzheimer’s in our appropriation in the near future.

Read the full blog post here.

Implementing the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Rule – FAQs

In February, ACL published a final rule for the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs.  The Rule will take effect July 1, 2016. To help State Agencies on Aging, states’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, and other entities that work with Ombudsman programs as they implement the rule, they have compiled the a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Can’t find the answer you need here?  Please send your questions and comments to LTCOmbudsman.Rule@acl.gov. We will get back to you promptly, and we may include your questions in the next update of the FAQ.

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