Senator Barbara Boxer of California released a report, one year in the making, detailing the ways in which some California hospitals are reducing medical errors, which cause hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, according to some estimates. Read the story
The American Lung Association (ALA) released its 15th annual State of the Air report. The data is compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and analyzed by the ALA with the purpose of educating people about the air they breathe and how they can work to make air cleaner for better health.
The consolidation of healthcare practices through acquisitions may seem to be in line with healthcare reform’s goal of providing better, more coordinated care at lower cost, but some question whether such consolidation is anti-competitive in nature and therefore might drive prices up in the long run. Read the story
The U.S. News and World Report recently reviewed nursing facilities in each state. Many Kindred facilities received five star ratings, the highest overall rating from the Federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A center’s overall rating is geared to its performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and medical care. Congratulations to the facilities and dedicated staff who achieved this recognition!
Health insurance premiums might be the straw that breaks the camel's back for some people, who live on a tight budget and reluctantly got by with no insurance in the past. Read the story
Twenty-six members of the House of Representatives have requested $200 million to increase the number of geriatric care workers available to care for a burgeoning aging population, the ranks of which are projected to reach 70 million by the year 2030. Read the story
The number of homes containing c0-habitating family members of varying generations seems to be on the rise, thanks to the five Ds: disability, divided time (when the parent is a snowbird), divorce, death (of a spouse) and day care (provided by a live-in grandma or grandpa). Read the story
By, Jessy Draka, Communications Intern
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox may be familiar people, but how familiar are you with their disease? Many people have misconceptions about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and education can change that.
Home health is an option for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Support and guidance is important when making this decision and throughout the journey of care. Living at home can be comfortable and safe if certain precautions and preventative steps are taken. Most falls take place in the bathroom. This is an important room to survey and make sure it is safe. Watch our video about the importance of bathroom safety. The kitchen is also a difficult room to navigate and manage, so some reorganization may be helpful to make living at home easier. For more home safety tips, visit the National Parkinson Foundation home safety page.
The typical stay at a traditional hospital is five days. At Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals, the length of stay may be measured in weeks, not days. Why? Because we know that not all patients can recover in five days or less. Some have underlying conditions that make illnesses or other conditions harder to treat. Others are still too ill to return home.
At Kindred Hospitals, we offer a range of services to help patients who need additional time to recover, and the length of the stay depends on the needs of the patient. This includes the specialized services of our Subacute Units, where we work with patients who have an acute illness or injury or worsening of a disease but no longer need the aggressive level of care provided in a hospital. We offer short-term comprehensive inpatient medical care and rehabilitation that is designed to get the patient home or to a facility such as a skilled nursing center.
The Obama Administration has rolled back proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage, a potential provision of the Affordable Care Act. Reimbursement is now expected to rise 0.4 percent instead of the 1.9 percent reduction that had been talked about before. Read the story
A new study has found that callers claiming to have private insurance had greater success in securing an appointment with a primary care provider than did their counterparts claiming to be covered by Medicaid -- 85 percent to 58 percent to be exact. Read the story
For the new study, the researchers called doctors' offices in 10 U.S. states to ask about making an appointment as a new patient. The team made about 13,000 calls to almost 8,000 doctors' offices between November 2012 and April 2013.
The new model of care that encompasses mid-level clinicians and a team approach is just fine with many Medicare beneficiaries, and they believe it will improve their overall health, according to a new survey. Read the story
On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was signed into law by President Obama. Most commonly, this legislation is known for providing a one-year patch to the physician Medicare sustainable growth rate – otherwise known as the ‘doc fix’ – but it also includes other important provisions including the extension of the Part B Therapy Cap exceptions process and the establishment of a value-based purchasing (VBP) program for skilled nursing facilities.
In more common terms, the legislation creates hospital readmission reduction program for all patients cared for in nursing centers nationwide. In order to incentivize improvement in preventable admissions to short term hospitals, the legislation establishes an incentive pool for high performers.
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