Dual Medicare and
Seniors who receive both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, also known as
“dual eligibles,” may experience challenges when moving between Medicare and
Medicaid coverage, according to a report
published by the national Senior Citizens
Law Center and The SCAn Foundation.
“The new Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, created by the health-reform
law, seeks to help states and health-care
providers build a comprehensive network
of services and supports enabling some
of our most vulnerable Americans to age
with dignity and independence,” says
Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO
of The SCAn Foundation, a nonprofit
dedicated to supporting senior living.
The report, “Ensuring Consumer
Protection for Dual Eligibles in Integrated
Models,” recommends several ways to
realign care and improve communication between the government agencies.
It also stresses the importance of having
mechanisms in place before new models
are implemented to ensure seniors receive
the highest quality of care.
The report recommends building the
following principles into new models
for integrating Medicare and Medicaid
• Right to continuity of care. Changes in
providers and coverage could represent
a significant disruption in care and have
serious effects on seniors’ health.
• Right to receive services in a culturally
appropriate manner. Services, including notices, should account for race,
ethnicity, language, sex, disability, sexual
orientation, and gender identity.
• Right to an effective appeals process,
including seniors’ right to choose a provider, appeal a decision to use another
provider, and decide how and where they
cognitive training Program Bolsters Memory
need a cost-effective way to boost your residents’ memory health? A memory educa- tion program offered to residents in senior living communities benefitted their
verbal learning and retention and helped improve their ability to recognize and recall
words, a University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) study found.
Published in the September issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry,
the study also showed that as a result of the program, seniors’ self-perceived memory
improved, a key factor in maintaining a positive outlook on life.
“The study demonstrates that it’s never too late to learn new skills to enhance one’s
life,” says study author karen Miller, MD.
The six-week, 12-session program offered memory-training techniques and education about lifestyle factors that may influence memory and brain health. Participants
also learned stress-reduction exercises and received information on the importance of
physical exercise and a healthy diet.
The one-hour education sessions focused on memory enhancement. They included
explanations of how memory works; offered quick strategies for remembering names,
faces, and numbers; and provided basic memory tools such as linking ideas and creating visual images.
85 percent: Percentage of seniors
who say that having someone to
share meals with makes mealtime
SOURCE: HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE’S