The Pot Thickens…

Good afternoon, ProviderNation.

Seniors are struggling with reefer madness, the Atlantic says this morning. Here’s how author Liana Aghajanian phrases it:

“Ailments ranging from chemotherapy side effects, arthritis, glaucoma, chronic pain, and even malnutrition are being treated with cannabis, a promising alternative for seniors who are increasingly susceptible to the dangerous side effects and growing dependency of multiple prescription medications.”

The fastest-growing population in the United States also comprises a significant portion of medical marijuana users, amounting to as much as 50 percent, according to Kris Hermes of Americans for Safe Access, the nation’s largest member-based medical marijuana advocate group.

“But as many of these baby boomers move into assisted living facilities, questions arise on the use of medical marijuana behind their doors,” Hermes says. “Muddied by its illegal status at the federal level, social stigma, and often hesitant attitudes of administrators who in some cases fear losing funding for allowing a controlled substance on their property, medical marijuana presents a list of challenges for seniors and the people who care for them.”

In other news, we’re hearing from some Washington types that CMS may finally publish its final rules on long term care’s market basket increase. It would give the sector a 1.4 percent bump in payments as of Oct. 1. Stay tuned…


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