Obamacare and SCOTUS Meet Again

This week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell, where the continued existence of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is once again in jeopardy. Regardless of the merits of the case, I think we can all agree that media coverage of the ACA has exclusively been focused on its emphasis... Read more »

Illinois Ranking Improves in Services and Supports for Older Adults

It’s been three years since publication of the first national Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard by AARP’s Public Policy Institute and the 2014 Scorecard shows that despite progress, widespread disparities still exist and improvements are still needed in the areas of home care services, family caregiver support and residential services for older adults and people with physical... Read more »

LGBT Affordable Senior Housing Comes to Chicago

With Friday’s dedication of the Town Hall Apartments, Chicago joined the ranks of five other American cities where LGBT older adults can find housing that is both affordable and welcoming.   Jointly developed by Heartland Alliance Housing and the Center on Halsted, Town Hall Apartments represents a unique partnership between a community housing development organization and the Midwest’s... Read more »
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Victory Gardens Theater Presents REST

Anyone interested in aging in America should see Rest, a new play by Samual Hunter, about residents and staff in a northern Idaho assisted living facility, being performed at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre. On Sunday afternoon, after a matinee performance of the play, I was honored to moderate a town hall meeting themed around senior... Read more »

The passing of a friend

My friend and colleague Shirley Dineen L.P.N. died on Tuesday after a very brief illness. Shirley spent her career serving older adults in long term care communities and yet she did not live long enough to collect her Social Security benefit. We worked together for about 10 years at Windsor Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,... Read more »

Adverse Events in Nursing Homes Capture Headlines

As predictable as an episode of “I Love Lucy“, this past week saw many reactions to the just published report issued by the Office of Inspector General at HHS on “Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities.” By now, the media mill has chewed through the report and spat out the juicy bits (here), while a... Read more »
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Lawyers Peer Into Elder Care's Crystal Ball - Part Two

Continuing from Monday’s post, below are a few final comments from the presenters at the 2014 AHLA, Long Term Care and the Law Conference: Medicare may begin to use bundled payment. Managed Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans (MA) will be more aggressive with using post-acute care as a cost containment tool. Providers who can achieve quality will... Read more »

Lawyers Peer Into Elder Care's Crystal Ball - Part One

Traveling to Las Vegas, in search of a few days respite from this tiresome winter weather, recently brought me to the 2014 AHLA, Long Term Care and the Law Conference. The theme of this year’s conference should have been, “tremendous change is coming and some have a good idea what it will look like, but how... Read more »

US Senate Hears About Long Term Care Worries

In December of last year, the Senate Special Committee on Aging,currently chaired by Senator Bill Nelson with Senator Susan Collins serving as its ranking member, convened a hearing on the future of long term care policy. With 74 million boomers beginning to enter the long term services and supports (LTSS) ecosystem, the importance of this subject cannot be overstated. The... Read more »
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Whill Wheelchair Fails to Meet Needs of Many

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The Whill wheelchair that premiered at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show looks like it has the right stuff. Great design featuring a tight turning radius, smooth easy-to-clean surfaces and easy on/off transfer makes it an enticing product. Yet, it stops short of offering the feature that would most benefit thousands of frail older adults who... Read more »
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    Bruce Lederman has over 25 years experience in the senior care field as a direct care provider and thought leader. Bruce was CEO and president of his own firm that operated skilled nursing facilities in Illinois. He is a former nursing home administrator and has consulted to numerous elder care providers on planning for strategic growth as well as process improvement. Recently he served as board chair of CJE SeniorLife, a leading non-profit elder care provider in the Chicago area. Bruce is currently employed as chief strategy officer for a company providing skilled nursing services in communities throughout Illinois and Missouri.

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