201605.17
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The politics of incontinence in Illinois

Illinois is still in the midst of an almost year-long budget impasse, which has interrupted state payments to everything from nursing homes to homeless shelters. Despite the governor’s proclaimed support for businesses large and small, many small business owners don’t feel the governor has been on their side, and, considering one of the administration’s latest moves…

Lobbying Lowdown: Why Lobby?
201512.23
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Lobbying Lowdown: Why Lobby?

Welcome to Lobbying Lowdown, S4 Group’s blog series on the lobbying industry. In our second post, we answer the frequently asked question: Why lobby? Do you run a business or nonprofit organization that has never had an issue with government regulations and would not benefit from more robust relationships? Congratulations! Please write a book about it…

Lobbying Lowdown: What is lobbying?
201511.03
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Lobbying Lowdown: What is lobbying?

Welcome to Lobbying Lowdown, S4 Group’s blog series on the lobbying industry. In our first post, we answer the frequently asked question: What is lobbying? In the most general sense of the term, lobbying is seeking to influence the path of government. There are endless ways to do this, but “lobbying” usually refers to two broad…

Direct-to-consumer marketing in long term care
201510.23
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Direct-to-consumer marketing in long term care

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing is all the rage in industries from fashion to pharmaceuticals. Why?  Consumers increasingly want to engage with the brands they are buying from. And fortunately for businesses of all sizes, engaging directly with potential customers can be considerably cheaper than traditional paid advertising. The first and most important step in your DTC marketing…

201510.09
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Paying for quality in healthcare: easier said than done

All of us involved in healthcare are aware – some painfully so – of government insurers’ desire to pay for quality over quantity of services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented its Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes in 2008, and just this year CMS announced its intention to link 50% of Medicare…

201510.01
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ICD-10 codes have arrived! And more in long term care news

In this week’s long term care newsletter, we explore several letters from legislators to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a Kaiser Health poll on end-of-life care, behavioral alternatives to antipsychotic medications for dementia treatment, and more. Read a copy of the newsletter below, and sign up at the bottom of this page to…

201509.11
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Here’s what happened in politics this week

View the online version of our weekly newsletter here. National Senate Democrats blocked the resolution to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal yesterday, and the House changed its tactics to consider three separate measures in order to contend with divisions among Republicans. Representatives passed a resolution stating that President Obama violated the terms of congressional…

201508.29
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Weekly Politics and News August 28, 2015

This week has been a whirlwind of successful events, from our call on Medicare reimbursement with Venson Wallin of BDO Health Advisory on Tuesday to our office-warming and fundraiser for Illinois State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz on Wednesday (a couple pictures below). Thank you to all who participated in these events with us! If you or…