The abuse of prescription painkillers is a growing problem for seniors, as it is for other age groups. But Medicare drug plans are cutting back on coverage for a specially designated type of painkiller that deters abuse in favor of cheaper generics that don’t have the same deterrent qualities, a new study found. Read more
Nursing homes with strong environmental stimulation are more likely to decrease the apathy levels among their residents with dementia, researchers have found. Read more
As we welcome the sun again and haul out the sprinklers and pool noodles for our kids, it is vital for our health and safety that we approach our relationship with the rays with caution. Doctors, health publications, and sunscreen manufacturers have all ingrained in us the threat of skin cancer in the face of excessive sun exposure. However, an equally alarming risk of spending too much time in the sun—immunosuppression—is gaining serious attention.
A new study reports that since the implementation of Medicare Part D, fewer beneficiaries with glaucoma are resorting to cost-saving medication measures, such as taking smaller doses or skipping doses. Read more
Temporary, bare-bones insurance plans that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act are still attracting consumers, online insurance brokers report. But health experts caution consumers to be wary of the plans. Read more
At Kindred Healthcare, we consider ourselves fortunate to call Kansas City, Missouri one of our homes. Our connection to the area runs deep with facilities in the southern area of Kansas City proper, one in the Northland area of Kansas City and several Gentiva home health locations.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “is expected to issue final regulations soon that could significantly affect whether hospitals and doctors remain willing to participate in Medicare’s accountable care program.” Read more
“Anxiety and uncertainly hover around ICD-10” caused by “reports of tanked productivity in countries where it has been implemented, leery clinicians, and questions about whether implementation will benefit patient care.” Read more
The American Health Care Association (AHCA), “a lead provider advocacy group,” differs with MedPAC’s recommendation that the CMS forgo a planned request for $500 million in increased funding for nursing homes for fiscal 2016. In response to MedPAC, “AHCA issued a press statement saying that the proposed update is needed for continuing quality care.” Read more
New regulations from CMS are expected “any day now,” that will impact long-term care. According to Jeff Myers, former senior vice president of policy and government relations at the American Health Care Association, “the part of the proposed regulations that addresses long-term care alone ‘could be the size of a regular reg.’” Read more
About a third of Americans aged 45 to 63 are single, a 50% increase since 1980, according to the 2012 U.S. Census. The report says elder orphans not only combat loneliness and depression, they lack assistance for their basic needs. Read more
Studies have shown that depression increases the risk for stroke. Now a new analysis has found that the risk persists even if symptoms subside. Read more
Children who cut back on work, take leave or quit their jobs to take care of sick or dying parents can run into serious financial problems, have trouble with their employers and find it difficult to get back into their careers. Read more
An annual report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics shows a decrease in the overall death rate, but the rate of chronic conditions from 2009 until 2012 remained high, with 51% of boomers diagnosed with hypertension, 40% with obesity and almost 19% with diabetes. Read more
The release marks the most specific breakdown ever provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the prescription claims of Medicare beneficiaries, detailing doctor-by-doctor and drug-by-drug how Medicare and its beneficiaries spent $103 billion on pharmaceuticals in 2013. Read more
Thanks to technology, Gary Sullivan enjoys a new kind of relationship with his doctor. If he wakes up with a routine health question, the 73-year-old retired engineer simply taps out a secure message into his doctor’s electronic health records system. Read more
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