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Patent case nears trial

HME News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:09
04/02/2014HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO – Just ahead of a trial, ResMed has dropped one of its patent infringement claims against BMC Medical/3B Medical, according to BMC/3B Medical.

ResMed voluntarily withdrew the patent from investigation after an International Trade Commission (ITC) administrative law judge issued a ruling that restricted the scope of its claims, according to a release.

ResMed in May 2013 filed a lawsuit against BMC and announced several months later that the ITC had agreed to investigate theChinese medical device manufacturer and its U.S.-based distributors, 3B Medical and 3B Products, for patent infringement.

A trial is scheduled for April 10.

ResMed filed a similar suit against Taiwanese manufacturer Apex Medical in 2013. The U.S. patent and trademark office in February agreed to re-examine five ResMed patents in response to challenges filed by Apex.

ICD-10 delay heads to president

HME News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:05
04/01/2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Senate yesterday passed a “doc fix” bill that delays ICD-10 implementation for one year, until Oct. 1, 2015, according to news reports.

The House of Representatives passed a similar bill on March 27.

The “doc fix” bill, which now heads to the president’s desk, prevents a 24% cut in physician pay for another year, until April 1, 2015.

It’s the 16th time that Congress has passed such a patch on physician pay, rather than come up with a permanent fix, according to reports.

Reaction to the ICD-10 delay was mixed. While it gives breathing room to some organizations, it frustrates others that have committed resources to transitioning to the new set of codes by the original deadline, Oct. 1, 2014, according to reports.

Like the House bill, the Senate bill did not address competitive bidding.

“Although we’re disappointed that Congress didn’t include fixes for Medicare’s poorly managed bidding program, we’ll continue to get cosponsors for H.R. 1717 and look for another piece of legislation that can carry its provisions,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare, in a statement.

H.R. 1717, which would replace the competitive bidding program with a market-pricing program (MPP), currently has 171 co-sponsors.

Living Arrangements for Aging Seniors

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
Senior housing options can be confusing to someone who has never approached the subject before. Often the definition of a particular senior housing term is dependent upon the person writing about the subject. The reason for the confusion is that most retirement care and senior housing arrangements provide overlapping services among the various categories.

Care Management Advice

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
Care management advice should be something that every family takes advantage of but in reality very few families use this service.

Holiday Caregiver Burnout

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
Whether you are at the end of your tether, that tether has been cut years ago or you are just starting Caregiving for a loved one this time of year always seems to be the hardest. The season of joy is upon us, that is what the media, shopping centers and carolers want you to believe, but for many, the season of joy is really just more WORK!

The Beginning of the End-Of-Life Planning

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
There are so many moments when you think about what you want for your final years in life. It is never too late and never too early to prepare yourself and those around you for your final wishes.

Holiday Blues - Depression among the Elderly

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
The holiday season offers many opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. If you are a caregiver or family member of an aging loved one, you may observe a change in their mood or behavior during the holidays. You may notice unusual signs of fatigue or sadness or perhaps limited interest in the holiday season.

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts October 15

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
It is that time of year again to consider making changes to your existing Medicare Plans. Medicares Open Enrollment period gives all beneficiaries the opportunity to make changes to their plans as their lives and needs change.

Home Repair Loan and Grant Program

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
Rural Development makes loans for repairs to improve or modernize a home for families and individuals with very low incomes. These improvements are intended to make it safer or more sanitary, and/or even to remove health hazards. For seniors 62 and older who cannot afford a loan, grant funds many be available for these necessary repairs.

Speak Out Against Elder Abuse

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
October is National Residents' Rights Month, a national effort to celebrate, honor, educate, and protect those living in long-term care homes and their families. The goal is to help not only the residents themselves but their families and communities recognize the rights of long-term care residents and learn how to speak up if they or someone they love are not receiving these rights.

Leaving This World Alone (Loneliness among the Elderly)

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
James A. Froude said, "We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone." There is no feeling more horrible than the loneliness one feels in the unsettling quiet of an empty house. For many elderly, it seems that aging accompanies loneliness as children leave and spouses pass on. Though many children devote years of their lives to care for their elderly parents, others abandon them to solitude.

Healthy Living and Successful Aging

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
The United States is experiencing a remarkable increase in the number of people who live to an old age. Our older population (people 65 years or older) numbered nearly 40 million in 2009 (latest year of available data). These folks represent one in every eight Americans, or 13% of the population. By 2030, it is projected that the U.S will be home to more than 72 million people age 65 and older.

The Accidental Caregiver

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
You've heard people say it and maybe you have even said it yourself. "Don’t worry Mom or Dad, I’ll take care of you in your old age."

Preserving Assets and Transferring Assets to the Next Generation

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
Older Americans control a large amount of the wealth in this country and have a continued interested in protecting that wealth from loss. Older Americans also want to stretch their assets out as long as possible in order to avoid running out of money well before they die.

Social Security – A Safety Net for Retired Americans, their Survivors, and the Disabled

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
Our council is dedicated to helping families recognize the need for long term care planning and to help implement that planning. All elderly people, regardless of current health, should plan for the myriad of financial events and challenges they might face. Social Security retirement benefits alone will not adequately help us meet these challenges; however, the program itself, how it is funded, and how the payouts work must be understood by every retiree.

Benefits for Senior Veterans

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
According to Department of Veterans Affairs census estimates, there are approximately 13 million veterans and their single surviving spouses age 65 and older. Comparing this to a total of 41 million Americans 65 and older, veterans and their single surviving spouses represent about 1/3 of the senior population. According to VA about 42% of all veterans are 65 and older. This percentage will continue to grow as the bulk of the Vietnam veterans - the largest cohort - are still younger than age 65.

Family Matters

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy states that "more than ever before, families are providing long-term care to older adults with limitations in the ability to perform tasks necessary for independent living. Nearly 25% of American households are providing care to people age 50 years and over. Families are the alternative foundation for a stressed healthcare system. Hospital stays are shorter than ever and family caregivers are often expected to do what healthcare professionals once did."

Life Resource Planning Meets Needs Beyond Retirement

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population, not only in the United States, but in the world. Currently, individuals age 65 and over represent 13% of the U. S. population – about 41 million people– but this will grow to 20% -- 88 million -- in just a matter of 38 years. Seniors also control a great deal of the wealth in this country.

Dying with Debt

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
At some point in our lives we may ask ourselves: If I die and have debt, who or what will be responsible for paying back those I owe?

Invisible Heroes

Long Term Care Link - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:00
They live in your city, perhaps on your street or even next door. They serve with courage, perseverance, patience and love. Some give 24 hours a day, with days blending into weeks, months and years. They are family caregivers; heroes quietly caring for loved ones at home.
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