Pressure from politicians sometimes undermines efforts to stop overbilling by keeping Medicare and Medicaid payments flowing to nursing homes under investigation, The Wall Street Journal claimed... Read more
A federal judge on Monday ordered an Irish drug manufacturer to halt its plans to discontinue its widely used Alzheimer's medication, allegedly in an effort to drive patients to a newer patented drug. Read more
Averting a government shutdown, Congress passed legislation last week to fund most of the government through next October. Known as the “cromnibus,” the spending bill was a mash-up of an omnibus bill, which is how Congress funds the government under normal circumstances, and a continuing resolution (CR), which is how Congress funds the government when they can’t come to a deal. The legislation provides funding for everything in the government, other than homeland security, which is operating under a separate continuing resolution.
Do you ever have trouble with cold air causing shortness of breath? If you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you might find that your symptoms worsen when you are outdoors in winter weather. COPD is characterized by limitation of airflow to and from the lungs. It is generally progressive, meaning it worsens over time. According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), 64 million people currently have COPD and 3 million people died from COPD in 2005, which is equal to 5% of all deaths globally that year. Many people who suffer from COPD acknowledge that harsh winds and frigid air can result in wheezing and breathlessness which can be frightening and sometimes dangerous. Cold air can be irritating and drying to the mouth and airway passages and trigger or intensify symptoms for those suffering from COPD.
Older people who move into assisted living and other forms of supportive housing are primarily seeking ways to reduce unmet needs... The numbers are unsettling: Of those who had difficulty or received help, about 31 percent of those in traditional housing reported having unmet needs in the past month. But so did 37 percent of those in retirement or senior housing, who were significantly more likely than community residents to have gone without hot meals, to have been unable to do laundry or go shopping, to bathe or to go outdoors. Read more
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is handing out $36.3 million to more than 1,000 health centers across the country that have significantly improved the quality of their patient care. Read more
Over the next 30 years, the number of elderly people (defined as those over age 65) will double and by 2040 will reach 81.2 million, according to Census Bureau data analyzed by Steven Wallace associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He points out that by 2030, baby boomers will hit age 85 and will likely need increasing amounts of care. Read more
The latest promising Alzheimer’s disease drug trial is causing a burst of excitement for Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB) investors. It may be too early to celebrate. Read more
The holidays are usually a time filled with laughter and joy however for those with family members living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, stress and frustration can become an issue. Below are four tips to help prepare for gatherings and get through the holiday season a little more easily.
“I just couldn’t see myself as anything but a country doctor,” says Dr. John Slatosky, a primary care physician in rural North Carolina.
But Medicare is making it harder for him to stay true to his calling.
Like nearly a fifth of all physicians, Slatosky is no longer taking new Medicare patients. The most recent National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found 17 percent of physicians no longer do. Read more
Claudia Vanroosenbeek spent 43 years at the Allen-Bradley Co., starting in the accounting department at 17 and moving through a succession of jobs with more responsibility.
"I had an interesting career," she said. "I loved it."
Her appreciation of that career didn't change last summer when she and other retirees were told that Rockwell Automation, which bought the Allen-Bradley Co. in 1985, planned to stop offering retiree health benefits in five years. Read more
The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds. Read more
Up to four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years can apply for a program that protects them from deportation and allows those with no criminal record to work legally in the country. Read more
The trend of strong merger and acquisition activity in the senior housing market has not abated, with the average price per skilled nursing unit up 7% from a year ago. This is according to the latest quarterly figures from business intelligence firm Irving Levin Associates Inc. Read more
The Affordable Care Act and its recalibrated healthcare.gov web site forges ahead this week with many consumers preparing to buy plans insurers report will be at a “lower cost” than last year and with more choices. Read more
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