Congress' advisory panel for Medicare payment policy is considering a plan that would stop covering certain “low-value” procedures and tests because their return on investment isn't good enough. Such procedures are costing the program nearly $6 billion a year while yielding little benefit, panel members noted — the latest in a series of developments driving value-based purchasing across the continuum of care. Read more
A little more than two years ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott made an announcement that shocked the political world: the Republican, who had spent a portion of his personal fortune to oppose Obamacare when it was being drafted in Congress, now supported expanding Medicaid in his state. Read more
Operating margins at Arizona hospitals are declining despite a recent financial boost they got when the state expanded its Medicaid program, new data show. Read more
Catherine Jarett ran into a nasty surprise after she sent a form to Medi-Cal on behalf of her clients. An estate attorney, Jarett was hired by the sons of an elderly Vallejo woman who had died. For more than 20 years, the woman had been enrolled in Medi-Cal, as the state’s Medicaid insurance program for the poor is known. Read more
Median hospital stays following ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) declined in recent years, but the trend did not appear to have worsened outcomes among older patients, according to findings form a national, registry-based study. Read more
U.S. health regulators on Wednesday approved Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's big-selling eye drug Eylea to treat diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in adults. Read more
Bipartisan House leaders are working on a $213 billion plan to permanently change how doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients, a costly problem that's vexed Congress for years, a document circulating among lawmakers showed Tuesday. Read more
Veterans would gain easier access to nearby long-term care facilities, under legislation introduced Monday in the Senate. Read more
Alba Sanchez has an alarm in her house in the Bronx that goes off whenever someone opens the front door. For good measure, she has three dogs to bark, not at who is coming in but at who is going out.
The security measures are for Ms. Sanchez’s mother, Alba Baez. At 91, she has Alzheimer’s disease and such nimble feet that not long ago a relative helping care for her busied herself in another room for a few minutes only to find Ms. Baez on the sidewalk, barefoot and partly unclothed. Read more
In anticipation of a swelling elderly population and the possible boost to the state's economy, Florida has ended a 14-year moratorium and approved permits to build 22 new skilled nursing facilities across the state. Read more
We are proud to announce that Pat Henry, President of RehabCare, has been nominated as one of 2015’s Most Admired Women by Today’s Woman magazine. Pat has been nominated in the corporate category by the editorial board of Today’s Woman for her career achievements. We would like to ask for your support of Pat by casting your vote here! Individuals may vote once a day per email address. Voting ends March 31st at noon.Pat has a strong therapy background. Not only is she President of RehabCare, but she is also a licensed speech pathologist. Pat holds a Master’s degree from Ohio State University and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is active with the Texas Health Care Association in addition to her role with the American Healthcare Association.
A new congressional caucus has been formed to focus on the needs of family caregivers in the United States. Read more
In a new report, it seems that antipsychotic drugs are far too often prescribed, particularly to elder dementia patients (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease) in nursing homes. Read more
March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and
information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and
National Nutrition Month® focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person's overall daily routine is what is most important. This year’s theme, "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” reflects taking steps for improving your health. Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when you step out of your daily routine.Travel is one of these situations that take you out of your daily routine. Whether you travel for work or just a trip with family or friends, eating healthy can be done with a little planning. First, take snacks with you in pre-portioned bags. Good items to pack are trail mixes, nuts, dried fruits, whole grain cereal bars, protein bars, peanut butter and crackers, pretzels and popcorn. These items pack well and are foods that will clear security in the airport. If you are traveling by car, pack a small cooler with fresh fruit, low fat yogurt, low fat cheese, hummus, finger sandwiches (homemade pimento cheese is a favorite), bottled water, flavored unsweetened water, fruit or vegetable juice, sparkling juice and unsweetened bottled tea.
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
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