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Video on the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Following is a video on the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program sent to us by Louise Ryan, Washington State LTC Ombudsman   To view the video, click on LTC Care Ombudsman

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Caregiver shortages loom as boomers age

From his office in Olympia, Dan Murphy is watching Washington age. As director of strategic planning in Washington's Aging and Disability Services Administration, Murphy has a close eye on the state's rapidly aging population of baby boomers. In three years, those boomers will start reaching 65 at a rate of 40,000 or more a year, quickly swelling the ranks of 65-plus by nearly a million residents. For More, see Caregiver Shortages

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Long-term-care reform must provide consumer choice while saving money

MOST of us have pretty strong opinions about who we share a bedroom and bathroom with, what time we get up in the morning and what we have for breakfast. Yet, when you find yourself in need of long-term care in this country, there is a good chance someone else will make these decisions for you. Indeed, choosing a nursing home may be the only decision that you can make on your own.   For More, see Long-Term-Care

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The World of Long-Term Care Hospitals

No one at the hospital noticed that Tina Bell-Jackman was dying. On the night of June 26, 2007, Ms. Bell-Jackman turned restlessly in her bed in Room 7 at Select Specialty Hospital of Kansas City, a small medical center that specializes in treating chronically ill patients. Ms. Bell-Jackman, a 46-year-old withdiabetes, had been hospitalized at Select for five weeks, was increasingly agitated and could not speak because of a surgical hole in her throat.

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A Trail of Disquieting Reports From Select Medical Hospitals

Some of the most worrisome reports about Select Medical's hospitalsare largely hidden from the public. Inspectors from state health departments regularly visit hospitals on behalf of Medicare to make sure that the hospitals are meeting the requirements to participate in the program. In their visits, often after complaints from patients, family members, nurses and physicians, the inspectors talk to patients and staff members and review medical

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Going Broke Caring for Aging Parents

Q & A with the state's Ombudsman for Long-Term Care Louise Ryan, the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, is an advocate for vulnerable adults.  Her office offers education, consultation and complaint resolution.  She also overseas a corps of 400 certified volunteer ombusdman.  Ryan answered reader questions live between noon and 1 pm on Wednesday Feb 3.   To read the questions and answers, click on Ombudsman

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Seniors for Sale

Exploiting the aged and frail in Washington's adult family Homes - Three part Series by the Seattle Times Hospitals care for hundreds of Medicaid patients per year others won't take Seattle Times investigation has found 2,025 cases of Medicaid Patients who no longer needed hospitalizaton but remained in hospital rooms for a month or longer because nursing homes or other facilities wouldn't take them.  The $461 million in expenses are passed on as

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Medicare won’t let clients repay government, lawyers say

Attorney Stephen Bough's client owes Medicare several thousand dollars and is anxious to pay, if only Bough knew how much.  Medicare won't say, despite repeated pleas over the past year for an answer.   For More, see Medicare  

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