Medicare has said that payments for hospital admissions will fall $756 million in 2015 thanks to penalties levied on hospitals with higher-than-expected readmissions rates. Read the story
Drugs for rare conditions, some of which have questionable effectiveness, are utilizing Medicare’s valuable resources. Read the story
Sylvia Todor, Regional Marketing Director with Kindred at Home, offers advice on signs to look for with elderly loved ones and how personal home care assistance can help. Here, she provides information on understanding why the elderly may have limitations when it comes to keeping their homes clean and odor-free.
As we age, it can become harder to take care of ourselves and our homes. If your parents always kept their home clean and tidy when they were younger, it may be hard to understand why things have changed as they have grown older. There are several factors that can contribute to this and it's important for family members and other loved ones to be aware of the changes and understand why it might be happening. By understanding the challenges your elderly family members and loved ones face, you can help get them the assistance they need to keep their homes clean.
Karen Schulkin, a nurse with Professional Healthcare at Home, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, has been named a Top 10 Finalist for the 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award presented by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Annually, NAHC promotes a nationwide recognition campaign that asks its members, affiliates and the public to help choose a top home care and hospice nurse from every state. NAHC recognizes nurses for providing exceptional care, reducing hospital readmissions and making a difference in patients’ lives. A public vote determines the winning nurse from the top 10 finalists featured on their website.
Medicare will remain solvent for the next decade, its trustees say, but the long-term outlook is not as rosy, because of the aging of the baby boomers. Read the story
At one assisted living facility in Connecticut, a tracking system, which uses a wifi-enabled pendant worn around the neck of patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s, helps caregivers keep residents safe and gives families peace of mind. Read the story
In an effort to ensure that hospice patients get their needed medications, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has reduced the number of drugs requiring prior approval to just four categories. Read the story
In a pilot Affordable Care Act project, Medicare will exempt some patients from the rule stating that a 3-day inpatient stay at a hospital is a prerequisite for coverage in a skilled nursing facility. Read the story
CMS' two-midnight rule was designed to cut down on costly inpatient stays that might be unnecessary, but some hospital and consumer groups are saying it is leading to more "outpatient" treatment that can be expensive and confusing to patients. Read the story
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that with the advent of the Affordable Care Act's requirement for health insurance coverage, the insurance industry in that state has seen a boost in sales of individual policies of almost 40 percent. Read the story
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