Drug trials, which test the efficacy, dosing and adverse effects of new medications, often fail to include the oldest patients — those 70 and older — and that may affect doctors’ abilities to safely and most effectively prescribe these drugs to the oldest seniors. Read the story
There is more to being healthy than taking your vitamins and eating an apple a day. Education and awareness are crucial to live a healthy lifestyle.
National Women’s Health Week#160;is coordinated by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This week is set aside to encourage women to make their health a priority and understand what it means to be well.
On Saturday, May 10th, Kindred’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Diaz delivered the commencement speech to the 2014 graduating class of American University‘s Kogod School of Business. After receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University, Paul addressed the eager students offering words of encouragement and advice.
The proposed Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act would provide cash incentives to seniors for completing Advance Directives, which instruct caregivers about a patient’s choices for care if the patient cannot speak for him or herself. Read the story
Senator Barbara Boxer of California released a report, one year in the making, detailing the ways in which some California hospitals are reducing medical errors, which cause hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, according to some estimates. Read the story
The American Lung Association (ALA) released its 15th annual State of the Air report. The data is compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and analyzed by the ALA with the purpose of educating people about the air they breathe and how they can work to make air cleaner for better health.
The consolidation of healthcare practices through acquisitions may seem to be in line with healthcare reform’s goal of providing better, more coordinated care at lower cost, but some question whether such consolidation is anti-competitive in nature and therefore might drive prices up in the long run. Read the story
The U.S. News and World Report recently reviewed nursing facilities in each state. Many Kindred facilities received five star ratings, the highest overall rating from the Federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A center’s overall rating is geared to its performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and medical care. Congratulations to the facilities and dedicated staff who achieved this recognition!
Health insurance premiums might be the straw that breaks the camel's back for some people, who live on a tight budget and reluctantly got by with no insurance in the past. Read the story
Twenty-six members of the House of Representatives have requested $200 million to increase the number of geriatric care workers available to care for a burgeoning aging population, the ranks of which are projected to reach 70 million by the year 2030. Read the story
The number of homes containing c0-habitating family members of varying generations seems to be on the rise, thanks to the five Ds: disability, divided time (when the parent is a snowbird), divorce, death (of a spouse) and day care (provided by a live-in grandma or grandpa). Read the story
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