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Rep. Murphy blasts Trump’s pick for mental health post

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON — She isn’t who U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy had in mind when he crafted a new law creating the position of assistant secretary for mental health and substance abuse. Elinore F. McCance-Katz of Rhode Island has been nominated for the job, which puts her in charge of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

Music program helps Erie military veterans with Alzheimer’s disease

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Erie Times-News

The Music & Memory program at the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home has grown to now having more than 20 residents participating, and includes student volunteers from Mercyhurst University and Gannon University. When the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home in Erie began a new…

State’s suits against nursing home chains now called into question

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The state attorney general’s unprecedented 2015 lawsuit alleging shoddy conditions in 25 Golden Living Centers nursing homes set off a chain reaction concerning oversight of an industry that cares for 80,000 Pennsylvanians. The suit, which included four Golden Living chain homes in southwestern…

Wolf urges seniors to protect themselves against financial fraud

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday joined Department of Banking and Securities Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss measures the Wolf Administration has taken to help protect senior citizens from financial scams and fraud….

Health law expert wrote essay on dying on own terms

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nathan Hershey, a pioneering figure in health law who through five decades at the University of Pittsburgh was known as a passionate and opinionated scholar, died April 15 in an Austin, Texas, hospital of complications from a fall. A professor emeritus in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, he was…

Our Costly Addiction to Health Care Jobs

Posted on April 23, 2017 by New York Times

Hiring rose even more as coverage expanded in 2014 under the health care law and new federal dollars flowed in. The law gave hospitals, universities and companies even more reason to invest in new facilities and staff. Training programs sprang up to fill the growing job pool. Cities welcomed…

The disabled and the elderly are facing a big problem: Not enough aides

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Washington Post

Acute shortages of home health aides and nursing assistants are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with serious disabilities and vulnerable older adults. In Wisconsin, nursing homes have denied admission to thousands of patients over the past year because they lack essential staff, according to…

Expand care with nurse practitioners

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Scranton Times

Expanding access to health care without vastly increasing its cost is the holy grail of what has become the public policy debate of the age. Nationally and in Pennsylvania, the debate over the Affordable Care Act has been among the most polarizing of issues in an era of polarized politics….

Non-profit rises to support Gracedale

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Allentown Morning Call

Supporters of Gracedale unveiled a non-profit organization Thursday night they hope can ease the nursing home’s financial struggles. Friends of Gracedale became an official 501c3 earlier this month, and the organization intends to solicit donations to improve the quality of life…

Centers working together on job training

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Somerset Daily

Somerset County Technology Center officials are working with officials from Meadow View Nursing Center to train and employ more nursing aides. The technology center is partnering with the Berlin nursing center and Pennsylvania CareerLink to provide free training classes for Somerset…

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