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NEWS McKnight’s Long-Term Care News Aging research Governors cite need GOLD AWARD Best News Section, 2010 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. Photo: National Governors Association 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 Photo: iStockphoto 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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