States are finding choice is one way to cut costs as America ages.
Policymakers are learning citizens want choice when it comes to long-term care of the graying population.
Marc Gold, director of the Promoting Independence Initiative in the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, said the cost of nursing home care is about twice the cost of similar services in community-based care.
“Community care is not only about human choice, not only about individual choice, not only about quality of life, or quality of care,” he said. “Not only is it the preferred model. It’s about saving money.”
Omnicare and Manor Care formed a partnership on February 16, 1994, called Heartland Healthcare Services. The partnership is still in place, and is operated through a management committee consisting of three Manor Care Executives and three Omnicare Executives (Manor Care 2006 10K).
In its short history, Heartland has established an institutional pharmacy in Toledo, Ohio supporting Ohio and Michigan HCR facilities and two institutional pharmacies in Florida serving HCR and other long-term facilities.
This cozy partnership also includes the Heartland Repack Services, which they recently shut down after a fire, a massive recall (119 pages of recalled drug NDCs), and a damning FDA Warning Letter. - Related Article: Repackager's Recall Could Lead to FDA Visit.
Omnicare contracted with Cardinal to handle Heartland's Repackaging.
Earlier this year, Manor Care agreed to be acquired by private-equity giant Carlyle Group in a $6.3 billion deal (Manor Care Finds a Buyer). In this deal Manor Care will be absorbed by a Carlyle Group entity, ManorCare Health Services, Inc. ("MCHS") (Special Meeting Demand).
But now,what seemed to be a done deal, is coming under increased scrutiny - Florida lawmakers and a union are questioning a private equity firm's pending purchase of the nation's largest nursing home chain.
We learned recently that UnitedHealth received a Subpoena regarding Omnicare patient steering. You don't suppose that subpoena has anything to do with the Heartland partnership?
Do you suppose this Heartland partnership violates anti-trust laws? Do you think that the Long term Care Facilities which make up this partnership might be more than happy to pay inflated prices for drugs which are provided through this little off-the-books joint venture?
The level of discourse about improving the quality of long-term care rose to a new level Tuesday, when three members of the U.S. House introduced the Long Term Care Quality & Modernization Act of 2007 (H.R. 4082). Although there are no illusions in the provider community about quick passage for the sweeping reform measure, its unveiling had been anxiously anticipated since a companion bill was unveiled in the Senate in early August.Advocates praised H.R. 4082 for its wide array of provider-friendly provisions. They say it would promote investment in health information technology and capital improvements. It also would encourage collaboration between nursing home providers and surveyors...
Better medical technology, improved treatment techniques and beefed-up armament means soldiers survive wounds that would have killed them in past wars. Using a narrow definition, the Defense Department reports that more than 28,000 troops have been wounded in Iraq, while just over 3,100 died from combat wounds.
For good order, the DoD numbers are bullshit. According to a Harvard study (pdf), as of January 2007, 152,669 servicemen had applied for disability benefits - far more than the DoD's 28,000 wounded figure, even if half of the applicants were pure PTSD claims (which they're not: "Some 20% have suffered brain trauma, spinal injuries or amputations; another 20% have suffered other major injuries such as amputations, blindness, partial blindness or deafness, and serious burns.").
The ShirleyBOARD website, has been recognized by the Web Marketing Association (WMA) for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development by being honored with the Online Community Standard of Excellence WebAward Designation.
ShirleyBOARD is a free online community with tools and features to help those caring for aging loved ones stay organized and communicate with one another. The site allows caregivers to centrally store important information, keep a log of daily activities for family and friends to view, and network with other caregivers for support and inspiration.
Some of the tools include: Online Journal to keep a record of caregiving activities; Photo Keeper for sharing photos; The PillBox to record prescription information, including names of medicines, dose sizes, etc; Document Keeper for uploading wills, power of attorney forms and other documents that you need to keep track of; and, Be a Peer/Find a Peer for users to search for fellow caregivers to get assistance or just connect to ask questions and share tips and stories.
Nov. 8, 2007 -- Baby boomer women are concerned about how to care for their aging parents, but few are planning for it, according to a survey released Thursday by AARP.
The telephone survey included 629 women aged 45 and older with at least one living parent. It was conducted in October 2007.
Almost seven in 10 women surveyed by AARP said they were somewhat concerned or very concerned about their parents' ability to live independently as they age. But just four in 10 said they or their parents had begun to plan living arrangements, whether that means living at home, in a new place, or in a care facility.
"These are difficult conversations, but they are very important conversations," Elinda Ginzler, AARP's director of livable communities, told reporters.