GoldenCare Newsletter | March 24, 2020

Read Full GoldenCare Newsletter, March 24, 2020 Edition In this GoldenCare Newsletter Edition From GoldenCare:   Diversify your portfolio for greater sales success! Join us for product and sales live and prerecorded training.  Stay up-to-date on all the latest and greatest in the industry.    For a list of current topics and to get in on the discussion Click Here. Update Your Contracts LTCCEO Updates: NEW UPDATE!  If you haven’t updated yet or you haven’t got your copy, contact us today to find out how! Current installs: Double click “Check for Updates” on your desktop to receive the latest update or
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Categories: GoldenCare News, Industry News, Kemper, Long-Term Care, Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates), National Guardian Life, and Thrivent.

“LTC providers getting creative to boost seniors’ morale during pandemic”

“LTC providers getting creative to boost seniors’ morale during pandemic,” by Danielle Brown, McKnight’s LTC News   Quote: “From FaceTime book clubs to hobby boxes, long-term care providers are finding fun and interesting ways to boost resident morale during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the AARP. As visitor access, communal dining and large group activities in long-term care facilities have been forced to shut down to stop the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, providers have come up with creative ways to keep seniors engaged and prevent isolation. Numerous state and national provider organizations have created online repositories for helpful
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Categories: Clippings, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

“FAQs on Medicare Coverage and Costs Related to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment”

“FAQs on Medicare Coverage and Costs Related to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment,” by Juliette Cubanski and Meredith Freed, Kaiser Family Foundation Quote: “More than 60 million people ages 65 and older and younger adults with long-term disabilities are covered by Medicare. Due to their older age and higher likelihood of having serious medical conditions than younger adults, virtually all Medicare beneficiaries are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if they are infected with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease, which currently has no vaccine or cure. Diagnosis of COVID-19 is confirmed through testing, and treatment varies
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Categories: Clippings, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

Good News | Mutual of Omaha: We Are Open For Business

Mutual of Omaha Is Open For Business: Highlights & Resources Available As you are likely aware, Mutual of Omaha’s physical location is temporarily closed. We are practicing social distancing and have asked all associates who are able, to work from home. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we take steps to protect the health and safety of our associates and ensure uninterrupted service to our customers. Please know that we are open for business in a remote capacity. Our processes and procedures are functioning, and we should not experience an interruption in business for either our customers or business
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Categories: GoldenCare News, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

“Opportunities To Expand Telehealth Use Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic”

“Opportunities To Expand Telehealth Use Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic,” by Jared Augenstein, Health Affairs   Quote: “Following enactment of coronavirus emergency supplemental legislation that expands Medicare coverage of telehealth, we can expect increased reliance on telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries. As more and more patients with symptoms seek treatment, the virus could spread rapidly in health care settings. Telehealth offers unique capacity for remote screening, triage, and treatment, and it could be a powerful tool for reducing transmission of the disease to and among health care workers and patients who are not infected.”     LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President,
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Categories: Clippings, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

“McKnight’s 40 for 40: Bill Thomas”

“McKnight’s 40 for 40: Bill Thomas,” by John O’Connor, McKnight’s LTC News     Quote: “Editor’s note: As part of the 40th anniversary of McKnight’s, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living are recognizing 40 notable newsmakers. Each week, the brands will highlight a high-profile leader from the past four decades. Published installments of the series can be found here. “Dr. Bill Thomas defies easy description. His multifaceted career has included stints as a physician, professor, playwright, performer, businessman – and more. But to most in this sector, he’s simply a guy redefining the meaning and shape of eldercare in America.”<   LTC Comment
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Categories: Clippings, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

“2020 Alzheimer’s Webinar Series”

“2020 Alzheimer’s Webinar Series,” Administration on Community Living     Quote: “The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline is hosting a 3-part webinar series in partnership with ACL, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the Eldercare Locator, AARP, SAGE, and National Asian Pacific Center on Aging. The goal of these webinars is to ensure professionals understand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and brain health on American families, and how critical it is to connect them to information, community resources, and support. REGISTER HERE.”     LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Yeah, and
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Categories: Clippings, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

“CMS waives three-day stay requirement, MDS deadlines as dining struggles emerge amid COVID-19 response”

“CMS waives three-day stay requirement, MDS deadlines as dining struggles emerge amid COVID-19 response,” by Danielle Brown, McKnight’s LTC News     Quote: “The federal government is waiving its three-day stay requirement for Medicare skilled nursing facility coverage as it works to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States. The waiver of the rule comes after President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national state of emergency for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease.”     LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Private LTC insurance dropped the 3-day hospitalization requirement many years ago. Only
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Categories: Clippings, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

Special Announcement | Coronavirus Preparedness and Our Agents

Special Announcement Coronavirus Preparedness and Our Agents As many of you are aware, the media has had continuing coverage on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We empathize with those communities around the world and within our own country that have been affected by this virus. We want you to know that we are monitoring the situation through our local sources, including the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health and safety of our staff and employees is our highest priority, and we will share any necessary updates in any of our procedures if
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Categories: GoldenCare News and Industry News.

Next Tuesday You’re Invited! Make Your Life Easier with CSG Actuarial!

The CSG Actuarial tool for quoting and comparing Medicare Supplement & Medicare Advantage/PDP now also features a universal, multi-carrier, electronic application! Join us and special guest, Anna Patrick, to learn about the easiest, fastest way to submit applications using the quoting tool. Reserve Your Seat Now For A Live Demo: Click below to register: Tues, March 17, 2020 2:00 PM  to  2:45 PM CDT        “Smart” App “Smart” App technology that verifies the application is accurate and complete before submission. Signature Method Flexibility incorporated into the design to accept several signature methods including applicant verification, email signature link or
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Categories: GoldenCare News, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.