Plus: Music & movement help dementia patients
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Regulations around the Stark Law, while well-intentioned, are "woefully outdated" in an era of value-based care, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) head Seema Verma writes in Health Affairs this week. In the article, she explains the reasoning behind the new final rule. Read it here.

More bad news on the nursing home front: 61% of Americans who responded to a long-term care poll said that they would rather die than live in a nursing home. The survey by the Nationwide Retirement Institute found that almost half of these adults worry more about facility safety than they did before the pandemic began. You can see the full results here.

American Association for Homecare is asking home medical equipment providers to reach out to Republicans in the Senate who have expressed reservations about extending the moratorium of the 2% Medicare sequester through the public health emergency. If you want more info, check out the organization's Action Center.
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Industry News
Senior care expert Carolyn Merrick breaks down the risks of social isolation—and how to combat the growing problem—in this new webinar sponsored by Hamilton CapTel. Join us Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how the pandemic has affected social isolation and about proven therapies and technologies to combat the problem. Can't attend on the 27th? Register anyway and we'll send you a link.
Music Therapy for Memory Care Patients
Shannon Wallace founded her company, Musical Memory Care, with the the hope that people would respond to virtual classes on music, movement and memory in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read her story.
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