Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law grew slowly but steadily over the New Year's holiday, as the share of Americans still lacking coverage hit its lowest level in years. Read more
When Charlotte Alger, 25, was working at a Home Depot just outside Boston last year, she said she earned $10.75 an hour working on the sales floor in the woodworking department. She chose one of the more comprehensive health insurance plans offered, but it came with a whopping $3,000 deductible. Read more
ACO telehealth use would enable these risk-based organizations to improve healthcare costs, quality, and access, but regulation restricts its use to rural areas. Read more
It may seem counter intuitive that self-reporting could be an effective tool for dementia patients, but according to a Regenstreif Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research study, it works well for a Brain Care Monitor, a primary care tool to measure cognitive, functional and psychological symptoms. Read more
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Even before the passage of the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as healthcare reform – the concept of medical homes was the subject of prolonged debate as a theoretical model of care. But what, exactly, is a medical home? Read full post.
KC: What made you choose to become an Activity Director?LC: It goes back to my childhood. My dad was the dietary manager for this facility for 29 years. My mom was a nurse at another nursing home. I was a volunteer here when I was in high school. I was on the swim team, so after school I would come here and volunteer until swim practice started. Read full post.
For the 13th consecutive year, nurses have been named the most honest and ethical workers in the United States in a national poll, Gallup announced Friday. Read more
A new rule just approved in Massachusetts will reportedly make the state the first to require doctors to discuss with terminally ill patients how they want to be cared for at the end of their lives. Read more
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
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