Karen Schulkin, a nurse with Professional Healthcare at Home, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, has been named a Top 10 Finalist for the 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award presented by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Annually, NAHC promotes a nationwide recognition campaign that asks its members, affiliates and the public to help choose a top home care and hospice nurse from every state. NAHC recognizes nurses for providing exceptional care, reducing hospital readmissions and making a difference in patients’ lives. A public vote determines the winning nurse from the top 10 finalists featured on their website.
Medicare will remain solvent for the next decade, its trustees say, but the long-term outlook is not as rosy, because of the aging of the baby boomers. Read the story
At one assisted living facility in Connecticut, a tracking system, which uses a wifi-enabled pendant worn around the neck of patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s, helps caregivers keep residents safe and gives families peace of mind. Read the story
In an effort to ensure that hospice patients get their needed medications, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has reduced the number of drugs requiring prior approval to just four categories. Read the story
In a pilot Affordable Care Act project, Medicare will exempt some patients from the rule stating that a 3-day inpatient stay at a hospital is a prerequisite for coverage in a skilled nursing facility. Read the story
CMS' two-midnight rule was designed to cut down on costly inpatient stays that might be unnecessary, but some hospital and consumer groups are saying it is leading to more "outpatient" treatment that can be expensive and confusing to patients. Read the story
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that with the advent of the Affordable Care Act's requirement for health insurance coverage, the insurance industry in that state has seen a boost in sales of individual policies of almost 40 percent. Read the story
Every time you visit the doctor, chances are someone will check your blood pressure. This simple test screens for low or high blood pressure and provides your doctor with important information about your general health.It's important to get tested for high blood pressure (hypertension) because it generally develops over time. Even when blood pressure is high, most people don't notice any signs or symptoms. Your heart and blood vessels can be damaged even without symptoms, though. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to other serious complications, such as heart failure or stroke.The Mayo Clinic recommends a blood pressure test at least once every two years for those 18 and older. Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you have a family history of high blood pressure or there are other risk factors.
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