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Medicare Cuts Pose Disproportionate Threat To Nation's Rural Seniors

As Congress begins to consider possible cuts to seniors' Medicare Part A nursing home benefit, an analysis of Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data finds five-year $2.7 billion cuts -- like those proposed several months ago at the onset of the SCHIP debate -- pose a disproportionate threat to America's most vulnerable rural seniors, and to the jobs and employment base of the nation's rural communities.

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Home Care Agencies Responding To Patients' Needs

Technological advances are fueling growth in the home health care industry. Home care agencies are responding to this growth by focusing on patient needs. On the whole, agencies receive high patient ratings, but opportunities exist -- particularly in the home care office's ability to deal with patient requests and complaints.

These national findings were released today in the 2007 Home Care Pulse Report: Patient Perspectives on American Healthcare by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., the health care industry's leading provider of measurement and improvement services.

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