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2024-02-27 Spotlight: Aging in the United States

Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States Population Reference Bureau, January 9, 2024By Mark Mather and Paola Scommegna The current growth of the population ages 65 and older, driven by the large baby boom generation—those born between 1946 and 1964—is unprecedented in U.S. history. This aging of the U.S. population has brought both challenges and […]

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2024-02-20 Spotlight: Owner Incentives and Performance in Healthcare: Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes

National Bureau of Economic ResearchBy  Atul Gupta, Sabrina T. Howell, Constantine Yannelis & Abhinav GuptaFebruary 2021, revised August 2023 Owner Incentives and Performance in Healthcare: Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes Summary:Amid an aging population and a growing role for private equity (PE) in elder care, this paper studies how PE ownership affects U.S. nursing […]

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2024-02-06 Spotlight: Harmful Findings at Bear Mountain Nursing Facility

DLC Report Finds Harmful Lack of Proper Care for Patients at Bear Mountain Nursing Facility in Worcester Disability Law Center, January 31, 2024 Understaffing, overmedicating, and isolating practices plague facility’s long-term patients; Weak state standards; lackluster enforcement contribute to woeful conditions The Disability Law Center, Inc. (DLC), the Commonwealth’s Protection and Advocacy system, today released […]

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2024-01-30 Spotlight: Fernald School: Waltham is letting a historic property fall apart

*Boston Globe, January 29, 2024By The Editorial Board The city bought the 190-acre property in part using money from the state and promised to preserve the site. But it has let the buildings fall into disrepair. The shameful state of records left behind at the shuttered Walter E. Fernald School is a big scandal and […]

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2024-01-25 Spotlight: Neal Honored by DignityMA

Neal is a former chair, and current ranking member, of the US House Committee on Ways and Means which deals with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other issues affecting older adults and people with disabilities. “Ranking Member Neal has been a strong champion for nursing home residents and individuals needing long-term care and services.  He […]

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2024-01-18 Spotlight: Scrutinize private equity’s involvement in health care

*Boston Globe, January 17, 2024By The Editorial Board Higher prices, worse outcomes don’t serve patients or providers. When Pamela Daly got new wheelchair brakes, they rattled and didn’t work. She complained to the manufacturer but after a month was still waiting for replacements. Daly, a disability rights advocate, was late to an event at the […]

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Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-01-09 Spotlight: New Way to Care for Older People in Britain

In a British Town, a New Way of Caring for Older People Is Bringing Hope New York Times (free access)By Megan Specia, December 29, 2023 For 12 years after her husband died, Norma Fitzgerald tried to maintain her independence, living alone in an apartment on the outskirts of Hull, in northern England, despite her mobility […]

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2024-01-02 Spotlight: U.S. Nursing Home Finances: Spending, Profitability and Capital Structure

This study, United States’ Nursing Home Finances: Spending, Profitability, and Capital Structure, was issued by the Long Term Care Community Coalition.  The entire text, including footnotes, can be accessed at the above link. By Charlene Harrington, Richard Mollot, and Dunc Williams, Jr.Sage Journals, December 19, 2023 AbstractLittle is known about nursing home (NH) financial status […]

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2023-12-19 Spotlight: Understaffed and neglected: How real estate investors reshaped assisted living

The Washington Post (free access), December 17, 2023By Douglas MacMillan and Christopher Rowland Surveillance video captured a 97-year-old woman’s death outside the locked doors of a high-end Colorado home, a symptom of deeper problems in the $34 billion industry. . . Conceived about 40 years ago to give seniors more freedom in their final years of […]

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Housing News Spotlight

2023-12-12 Spotlight: The Old New Way to Provide Cheap Housing

The New York Times (free access)December 9, 2023 By Nicholas Kristof Homelessness is an American tragedy, but it’s not hopeless. In a recent column, I explored how Houston has become a national model by reducing homelessness by more than 60 percent. One takeaway is that homelessness, above all, reflects a shortage of cheap housing. So, […]