The annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference was held this week in Boston. This week's Healthcare Headlines contains many highlights from the research presented there.
With an October deadline fast approaching, the government is struggling to overcome obstacles to ensuring the health insurance marketplaces are available on time. Read the story
A new study has shown that omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish and have been touted for lowering the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer's, may raise the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 43 percent. Read the story
In a study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference this week, subjects who had certain types of cancer -- including liver, lung and leukemia -- appeared to be less likely to develop Alzheimer's, than those who didn't and subjects who had undergone chemotherapy seemed to garner even more protection. Read the story
Hospice is a word that many people do not like to hear. They automatically, and naturally, equate the word with “dying.” The reality of life is that one day we will all face our own mortality. Hospice is a philosophy of care that supports those facing life-limiting illnesses. When cure is no longer possible and comfort care is desired, hospice can help people have a safe and comfortable journey as they pass from this life into the next. When hospice is recommended, we encourage people to think not about dying but about “living until you die.” Hospice is there to help provide for a safe and comfortable journey for the patient, and to help their loved ones go on living after they die.
In addition, the provider should also have a qualified medical director overseeing medical care rather than a physician appointed simply because he or she comes from a large practice that serves as a potential source of referrals.
“In home health care, communication and detailed records of patient progress are important,” says Dr. Parker, who is double board certified in family medicine and hospice/palliative care. “If a patient’s goal is to be able to walk 50 feet to the mailbox and has progressed to 10 feet, this needs to be documented and explained. Otherwise, no one will know of the actual progress that’s being made and pressure could escalate.”
With an eye on healthy young adults, the Obama administration is reaching out to their moms in an effort to convince them to persuade their kids to sign up for insurance this fall. Read the story
A new study has shown that an aspirin a day may not be effective for preventing heart attack and stroke in 10 to 15 percent of the population, according to Duke researchers who published the study's results in the online edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Read the story
As the field of palliative care grows and expands, one ER doctor decided to trade the fast-paced world of emergency medicine for a chance to build relationships with her patients through palliative care. Read the story
Until about 2015, when better systems are expected to be in place, the government will rely largely on the self-reporting of income and health insurance status by consumers as they utilize new marketplaces. Read the story
Carolyn Athanas is looking forward to getting back to the home she left nearly five months ago. She’s looking forward to seeing her dog and to assessing the damage done to what has unintentionally become her husband’s man cave these last few months. And with the help of her caregivers at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Hanover Terrace, she plans to get there within the month.
When Carolyn arrived at Hanover Terrace back in March, she couldn’t stand, walk or even move around in her bed without maximal assistance. Now, she can walk up to 80 feet without rest, can get out of her wheelchair with some assistance and can sit on the edge of her bed, all huge milestones in an arduous recovery process that has included six to seven days of occupational and physical therapy per week.
PBS interviewed Kaiser Health News reporter and ACA expert Jordan Rau on the ACA's readmissions policy, what it means and what challenges remain. The interview was paired with a NewsHour story on the implementation of the readmissions policy and how it is affecting one Boston hospital.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will decide this month whether it will cover a new test that can correctly identify the brain plaques that are unique to Alzheimer's. Proponents tout the benefits of early detection of the disease, while opponents argue Alzheimer's is incurable, so early diagnosis ultimately provides little benefit. Read the story
The word “independence” often brings to mind democracy, justice and patriotism, especially near the fourth of July. However, it rarely recalls thoughts of personal physical freedom. Many take their physical mobility for granted, but thousands of people in the United States are struggling to stay independent due to a myriad of health issues. Kindred recognizes that personal independence and freedom are integral to the treatment of the patient and their family, and works to preserve or recover that freedom.
Kindred’s services differ from that of a traditional nursing home in that Kindred provides specialized short-term rehabilitation, bridging the gap between hospital and home, as well as long-term care provided in a safe, compassionate environment that fosters independence and dignity.
7-2-2013 8:30pm: Forbes.com has a very good article with background on the issue and implications for businesses: http://onforb.es/19V4IGJ
7-2-2013 8:50 pm: Washington Post outlines seven reasons this delay is huge.
Opinions expressed in any of the included stories or their publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Kindred Healthcare and this blog post is a compilation of news stories from other sources that have appeared during the past week.
Illinois Family Home Health Services (IFHHS), an affiliate of Kindred at Home, originally developed a Care Transition Program in anticipation of and in response to the October 1, 2012, hospital readmission reimbursement cuts. With the changing landscape of healthcare, IFHHS sought to improve on its better-than-average hospital readmission rates and develop these programs with the needs of hospital discharges in mind.
Louise Spate loves challenges – which is exactly what she found in her 40-year career with Kindred.
Her parents, who were both teachers, encouraged her to study nutrition because she always loved cooking for her large family. She fondly remembers baking a birthday cake at age 8 for her grandmother. After college, she initially worked at a hospital, but left to become a multi-facility consultant in 1973 for a Massachusetts long-term care organization that would eventually become part of the Kindred network.
“I said I would leave when I got bored, but I never did,” says Spate. “I love when someone asks me to do something I’ve never done before, and I figure out how to get it accomplished.”
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