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									      SEPTEMBER 2010 • VOL. 31, NO. 9 •

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                                             State-aid deal frees                                                                                  Liability costs
                                                                                                                                                   trending down
                                             new Medicaid funds                                                                                    By James M. Berklan
                                                                                                                                                   Liability costs for long-term care
                                                                                                                                                   operators dropped slightly over
                                                                                                                                                   the last year, according to a new
                                                                                                                                                   analysis by insurer Aon.
      Spinal taps may predict Alzheimer’s.                                                                                                            The study also showed that
                                                                                                                                                   the percentage of Medicaid daily
     Tapping into                                                                                                                                  funding used to pay liability-relat-
                                                                                                                                                   ed expenses has declined steadily
     Alzheimer’s                                                                                                                                   over the last decade.
                                                                                                                                                      The average annual loss cost
      By James M. Berklan                                                                                                                          per occupied bed dropped $10, or
      A study has found that spinal tap                                                                                                            not quite 1%, to $1,270 in 2009,
      fluid accurately identified those                                                                                                              according to the Aon report.
      who would develop Alzheimer’s                                                                                                                   The average loss cost was $1,710

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      disease 100% of the time.                                                                                                                    per bed in 2001—35% higher
         Researchers in Belgium iden-                                                                                                              than the most recent figures.
      tified levels of three biomarkers                                                                                                                The percentage of per diem
      associated with Alzheimer’s in         House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called back her members from summer recess Aug.                            Medicaid reimbursements used
      the participants’ spinal fluid and      10 to 
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