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      Aging research                                               Governors cite need                                                                                                          GOLD AWARD
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      gains doubters
      By Brett Bakshis
      A Boston University study found
                                                                   for Medicaid funding                                                                                                 At Deadline
      that 150 genetic variants could
      predict extreme longevity with up                                                                                                                                                 » The Centers for Medicare
      to 77% accuracy. But some genet-                                                                                                                                                  & Medicaid Services said it
      icists have called the study into                                                                                                                                                 would post a grant solicitation
      question, citing methodological                                                                                                                                                   for states not currently partic-
      and technical inconsistencies.                                                                                                                                                    ipating in the Money Follows
         Researchers in the longevity                                                                                                                                                   the Person Demonstration
      study analyzed the genomes of                                                                                                                                                     Program aimed at boosting
      more than 1,000 centenarians.                                                                                                                                                     home- and community-based
      Looking at a different sample of                                                                                                                                                  services.

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      centenarians, more than three-
      quarters of this group possessed                                                                                                                                                  » Nearly 100 doctors,
      many of these variants.                                                                                                                                                           nurses and others in five
         Researchers defended the study                                                                                                                                                 states were accused of billing
      against the critics, noting that the                                                                                                                                              Medicare for a quarter-billion
      technical errors would not affect                                                                                                                                                 dollars worth of medical
      the overall results. n                                                                                                                                                            equipment, physical therapy
                                                                   Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the new chair of the National Governors Association,                                        services and HIV treatments
                                                                   believes that states need additional federal funding to help them recover.
                                                                                                                                                                                        that never were delivered to
                                                                   By Liza Berger                          fiscal situations even though I do                                           patients. Raids were con-
                                                                   The nation’s governors last month       believe we’re in recovery,” said                                             ducted as part of the new
                                                                   stepped up appeals to Congress to       Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the                                                 Health Care Fraud Prevention
                                                                   approve legislation that extends        new chairman of the National                                                 & Enforcement Action Team
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                                                                   an increase in the federal medical      Governors Association.                                                       (HEAT) initiative.
                                                                   assistance percentage (FMAP).              Many states facing severe defi-
                                                                      At press time, Congress had          cits have said they would be forced                                          » The Department of
      Wrist fractures may be a catalyst for                        not mustered the votes to pass a        to slash services such as hospice                                            Health and Human Services is
      other health-related challenges.                             bill that would extend a 6.25%          care and reduce payments to Med-                                             now accepting through Aug.
                                                                   increase in f
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