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2015 Medicaid numbers are released!

Each year, certain numbers that affect MoHealthnet or Medicaid planning are released by the State implementing federal guidelines that each state must follow in order to participate in the Medicaid program.   Some of these numbers are updated at different points of the year, but January 1 is probably the biggest change that is seen annually....
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Individuals with Down’s Syndrome have a very high rate of developing Alzheimer’s

I came across an article from earlier this summer based upon a comment that a client made to me recently that I found very interesting.   Apparently, individuals with Down’s Syndrome have a very high rate of developing Alzheimer’s disease and they develop this much earlier than the general population.  According to the article, nearly 100%...
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Care Plan Meetings

Care plans are required in all federally funded long-term care facilities. Any facility who accepts Medicare or Medicaid are required to have care plan meeting. This means that Assisted Living and Residential Care facilities are not required to have care plan meetings since they do not provide Medicare or Medicaid (cash grant does not apply)....
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Alzheimer’s Studies

As an elder law attorney, I see first-hand the devastation that Alzheimer’s disease causes for patients and their caregiving families.   For many years, the prevailing thought was that you can’t fully diagnose Alzheimer’s disease until after the patient has passed with an autopsy.  In the last several years, MRI tests have been used that...
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Levels of facility based care

When the decision has been made to place a loved one into long-term care there are options available depending on care needs.  Below are the different types of licensed care facilities.  This doesn’t include independent living facilities, as they are not licensed by the Department of Senior Services (which doesn’t mean they aren’t great places-...
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What does Dementia really mean?

Dementia is an umbrella term. It describes the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by certain diseases or conditions. There are many different types of dementia although some are far more common than others. They are often named according to the condition that has caused the dementia. The most common type of dementia...
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