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October 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Baker introduces comprehensive opioid bill
This week, MA Governor Charlie Baker unveiled a wide-ranging bill to take on the state’s opioid addiction crisis. Contained in the legislation are provisions to “tighten opioid prescribing practices for doctors, strengthen a prescription monitoring program, increase education about the drugs in public schools, and give hospitals new power to force treatment on substance abusers who pose a danger to themselves or others.”

Caregivers spend 100 hours per month dealing with dementia
According to a recent study, caregivers spend, on average, 100 hours a month assisting elderly family members who have dementia. In comparison, caregivers who assist elderly people without dementia spend about 73 hours per month on caregiving. The study is based on data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study and the National Study of Caregiving.

MA Senate looks to expand home health for the elderly and disabled
Recently, the MA state Senate took steps that could lead to expanded home health benefits for seniors and the disabled. The Senate approved a bill asking the Baker administration to look in to the financial impact of expanding the state’s elder home care program. In addition, the Senate passed “a Medicaid amendment that would allow the state to claim new federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act for elders who are being cared for at home.”

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