Medicare eligible professionals now have until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year. Read more
Older patients need longer hospital stays after hip fractures or risk premature death, researchers assert this week in the British Medical Journal. Read more
For older people who have some trouble getting around, even light activity like household chores may be better for the heart than no activity, according to a new U.S. study. Read more
Medicare and Medicaid patients admitted to Pennsylvania hospitals five or more times in a year cost those programs $761 million, a new report has found, with a disproportionate share needing treatment for mental health disorders — a condition many hospitals are not equipped to handle. Read more
Depending on the lens you view it through, the most recent hospital jobs report is either impressive or unremarkable. Hospitals added a seasonally adjusted 9,600 jobs in January compared to December 2014, reaching a total of 4.82 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That's an overall increase of 56,200 total jobs compared to January 2014. Read more
The Obama administration has hired 40 percent more people to help with healthcare sign-ups in the final week ahead of the 2015 deadline for enrolling in health insurance through ObamaCare. Read more
Delirium is a common and troubling symptom for critically ill hospital patients, and medications are often used to ease the condition. But a new study suggests that non-drug alternatives are available. Read more
The combination of a widely used heart medication and a commonly prescribed antibiotic seems to more than double the risk of sudden death in seniors, a new study says. Read more
This blog post is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.
While it may be common knowledge that exercise is beneficial to our health, many people assume it’s a timely or exhaustive commitment. In reality, 30 minutes of daily activity is all it really takes. And you can break it up into smaller time increments if you don’t have a solid half hour or more to dedicate to exercise. But think of it like this: there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so 30 minutes is 2% of your day. Bump it up to an hour and it’s still just 4% of your day.
According to the American Heart Association, each hour of exercise can increase your life expectancy by two hours. That could add up to two extra years for adults who begin exercising even as late as middle age. Physically active people also save hundreds of dollars per year on healthcare costs. A small investment of your time and effort can add to your life and your wallet.
Today marks the successful combination of Kindred and Gentiva, ensuring the joint company’s position as the nation’s largest and most geographically diversified provider of Home Health, Hospice and Community Care services. The addition of Gentiva’s services to Kindred’s national presence across the post-acute continuum further enables the company to deliver patient-centered, integrated medical and rehabilitative care to patients in the most appropriate setting to meet their needs and facilitate recovery. Kindred is now proud to serve more than one million patients per year, as it operates in 47 states in over 2,800 locations, and employs more than 105,000 teammates.
Starting last year, more military veterans are passing away in hospice care than in all of VA trauma and ICU wards combined.
That's because the millions of Americans who served in Korea and World War II are reaching their 80s and 90s; Vietnam veterans are reaching their 70s. That means the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is focusing on how to make veterans comfortable in their final weeks and months. Read more
People in nursing homes are more likely to be dehydrated than elderly people living in the community, new research suggests. Read more
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