The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated its guidance on medical review of inpatient claims, instructing Medicare administrative contractors to use the two-midnight policy when reviewing claims regarding a surgery that was canceled. Read the story
A study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that when care was coordinated for patients with chronic diseases, meaning they saw fewer providers, they had fewer complications and costs stayed down. Read the story
The findings...suggest that better coordination of care for patients with these diseases could save Medicare up to $1.5 billion a year, said the researchers at RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization.
Americans are looking for fast, easy, and good-tasting foods to fit a busy lifestyle. Whether it’s carry-out, food court, office cafeteria or sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere. Here are 10 tips to help you eat healthy when eating out. Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Consider what meal options are available. Look for restaurants or carry-out with a wide range of menu items.
Find more information about healthy eating at www.eatright.org designed to help you "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."
As we focus on good nutrition during National Nutrition Month, I challenge you to explore new flavors and foods. Explore the vast array of foods at your local grocery store, restaurants, and at home in your own kitchen.
When shopping, make it a point to try one new fruit, vegetable or whole grain every week. Start small by picking a new variety of apple or potato and then try venturing into the world of whole grains trying whole wheat couscous, quinoa, barley, whole grain rice and whole wheat pastas. Have your family choose a new recipe to try each week that includes an ingredient you aren’t familiar with.
The next time you and your family head out to eat, choose a restaurant that features ethnic foods from Asia, Europe or Africa. These restaurants often feature menus filled with healthy options that will be new to you. Try a restaurant that specializes in local produce or seasonal ingredients. Try a vegetarian or vegan restaurant. Grab a friend and spend a night enjoying something new.
Mild cognitive impairment, signaled by moments of forgetfulness, memory lapses and poor judgment, is only likely to lead to dementia or Alzheimer's in 20 percent of people who experience it, says a new German study. Read the story
Patients should not be alarmed unnecessarily by receiving a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment -- Dr. Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, of the Institute of Primary Medical Care in Kiel, Germany, lead researcher
Roughly 7 million people in the United States are living with a total hip or knee replacement, according to new data announced at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in New Orleans this week. One reason may be positive word-of-mouth; people know the artificial joints have been successful in many patients and are less willing to put up with pain. Read the story
When you learn that someone you love needs hospice care, your first thoughts are of that person. But how you cope with a loved one’s end of life is important, too, which is why hospice provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
With Kindred at Home's hospice care, it’s not just the patient who is monitored. The patient’s loved ones also are assessed from the moment the patient is admitted to the program, to make sure they have the resources and support they need, too.
Kristy Johnke, Kindred’s Regional Director of Social Programs for Home Care and Hospice in Texas, says not everyone fully understands what hospice is. Often, family members equate hospice care with “giving up,” mistakenly assuming that it means medical care is at an end and death is imminent.
recognizes and thanks these food and nutrition experts that provide leadership in the nutrition care of our patients. Over 300 Registered Dietitians provide Medical Nutrition Therapy at Kindred’s Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Centers, Skilled Nursing Centers, Transitional Care Hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals (IRFs), Kindred at Home, and Regional and Division offices.
Tina Reilly is the Food and Nutrition Manager and Registered Dietitian (RD) at Kindred Hospital Boston. She states, “I love being a Kindred Hospital dietitian because not only do we care about our patients and fellow employees through food and nutrition, but we are encouraged to use our creative and critical thinking skills to improve patient care services in all areas of the hospital.”
Older people are more likely to suffer in silence with pain than their younger counterparts, at potential expense to their health and long-term prognosis. Read the story
Untreated or inadequately treated pain is disabling and can hasten the death of an older adult by interfering with the ability to exercise, eat properly or maintain social contacts. Persistent pain can lead to immobility, depression, sleep problems, loss of appetite and isolation, all of which may increase the need for expensive medical care.
The implementation of the Aff0rdable Care Act has made networks and the security they provide more attractive to primary care doctors. Read the story
The Food and Drug Administration has not monitored some foreign-made generic drugs as closely as it should've, according to doctors and researchers reporting to Congress. The drugs include some heart medications like the generic versions of the cholesterol drug Lipitor. Read the story
Since 1980, March has been designated as National Nutrition Month®. Take the opportunity this month to focus on what you eat and making the most of your choices. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, offers these “14 Health Tips for 2014” to help you “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”:
1. Eat breakfast
2. Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables
3. Watch your portion size
4. Be active
5. Fix healthy snacks
6. Get to know food labels
7. Consult a Registered Dietitian (RD)
8. Follow food safety guidelines
9. Get cooking
10. Dine out without ditching your goals
11. Enact family meal time
12. Banish brown bag boredom
13. Drink more water
14. Explore new foods and flavors
For more information about these tips and National Nutrition Month®, click here.
The more a man walks, the lower his chance of hip fracture, according to a new study. Researchers found that men over the age of 50 who walked four hours per week lowered their risk of hip fracture by 43 percent, compared to those who walked less than an hour per week. Read the story
There is some speculation that the burgeoning number of insured under the Affordable Care Act may make it more difficult to get appointments with doctors in a timely manner, spurring the grown of walk-in medical clinics that don't require appointments. Read the story
According to new research, having family members present at mealtimes does not appear to help nursing home residents eat more, even though the family members offer assistance. Read the story
The study results underscore the challenges in keeping residents properly fed. Globally, about 30% of nursing home residents with dementia are undernourished, according to a recent report from Alzheimer's Disease International.
You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but Sally Meilun who has worked at Kindred Healthcare for nearly 23 years, has heart disease.
When you talk to Sally, it’s clear that a healthy lifestyle is important to her. She’s always been active, and she still is, but when she was in her 40s, she was diagnosed with aortic valve disease, a condition in which the valve between the left ventricle and the aorta doesn’t work properly.
“When you have heart disease, it’s not always obvious,” says Sally, who works as the Director of Travel and Relocation at Kindred’s Support Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
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