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.
Administrative law judges will be
replaced by settlement conference facilitators under a pilot program designed
to address a backlog in Medicare appeals. Read the story
The Department of Veterans Affairs
has rejected a suggested link between Gulf War service and cancers of the brain
and lung, saying that it cannot conclusively determine that the higher rates of
these types of cancers among Gulf War veterans are related to that military
service and potential exposure to sarin gas. Read the story
At Kindred we understand that when people are discharged from a traditional hospital, they often need continued care in order to recover completely. That’s where our Transitional Care Hospitals come in.Many medically-complex patients benefit from extended recovery time. Our patients receive that much needed care through treatment delivered according to their individual needs. Our physicians see patients daily to assure the best outcomes possible. Our goal is to help each patient reach the highest level of recovery before being discharged.
Helping others recognize the signs of a stroke can shorten the time before a person gets treatment, and faster medical treatment can minimize long-term effects or prevent death. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have created greater awareness for stroke symptoms with their F.A.S.T. acronym:Face droopingArm weaknessSlurred speechTime to call 911However, for those who have suffered a stroke or know someone who’s had one, it’s just as important to understand what happens after the initial diagnosis.
A new study
has found that exercise – even in a moderate amount – may protect the
brain against the development of Alzheimer's disease. The Cleveland
Clinic researchers looked at almost 100 people aged 65 to 89, many of
whom had a family history of the disease. Read the story
Department of Health and Human Services report has found that the
amount people are paying in premiums varies widely from state to state,
and also provides some information about what seems to motivate people
to pick certain plans over others. Read the story
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