The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is held only once
every ten years. This year, it happens to fall during the 50th
anniversary year of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as
the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The conference provides an opportunity to
recognize the importance of these key programs, in addition to providing
foresight into new and evolving issues that will shape the landscape for the
growing population of older American’s over the next ten years.
Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month. The programs have made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care. Read more
As personal risk of developing Alzheimer’s is revealed to more and more individuals through genetic testing, people are taking action to try and delay or prevent onset. Read more
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act and agreed with the Obama administration that government subsidies that make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans should be available to all. Read more
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that health insurance consumers can receive federal subsidies regardless of their state’s role in running their insurance market, fewer states may stay in the game. Read more
Kindred has partnered with UrbanFUTURE to give talented youth a firsthand look into the many career paths within healthcare. The workforce pipeline between Kindred’s rehabilitation division, RehabCare, and Urban FUTURE gives students exposure to career options by connecting young talent to mentors, on-site field trips and more.
“The world is our university and everyone you encounter is your teacher. When you wake up each day, make sure you go to school!” With that proclamation, Je’Mone Smith, Division Vice President of Human Resources and Diversity, inspired attendees of this year’s Diversity & Inclusion Symposium to be keenly aware of the ways we can learn from one another every single day.
The abuse of prescription painkillers is a growing problem for seniors, as it is for other age groups. But Medicare drug plans are cutting back on coverage for a specially designated type of painkiller that deters abuse in favor of cheaper generics that don’t have the same deterrent qualities, a new study found. Read more
Nursing homes with strong environmental stimulation are more likely to decrease the apathy levels among their residents with dementia, researchers have found. Read more
As we welcome the sun again and haul out the sprinklers and pool noodles for our kids, it is vital for our health and safety that we approach our relationship with the rays with caution. Doctors, health publications, and sunscreen manufacturers have all ingrained in us the threat of skin cancer in the face of excessive sun exposure. However, an equally alarming risk of spending too much time in the sun—immunosuppression—is gaining serious attention.
A new study reports that since the implementation of Medicare Part D, fewer beneficiaries with glaucoma are resorting to cost-saving medication measures, such as taking smaller doses or skipping doses. Read more
Temporary, bare-bones insurance plans that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act are still attracting consumers, online insurance brokers report. But health experts caution consumers to be wary of the plans. Read more
At Kindred Healthcare, we consider ourselves fortunate to call Kansas City, Missouri one of our homes. Our connection to the area runs deep with facilities in the southern area of Kansas City proper, one in the Northland area of Kansas City and several Gentiva home health locations.
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