The most common hospital setting in America is one that provides short-term acute care for patients with pressing health issues – emergencies brought on by an acute illness or an accident. The immediate objective is to stabilize patients and help them recover as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, not all patients can recover quickly. They need a transitional care hospital.
A group made up of senators from both political parties is calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand the Medicaid program with the goal of loosening restrictions on the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, currently open to Medicaid-eligible seniors and people with disabilities who need nursing home care. Read the story
Due to the displacement of some federal funds to cover the Affordable Care Act, the cost of Medicare Advantage plans may rise in 2015. Read the story
A new government report is showing that about one quarter of accountable care organizations, or ACOs, saved Medicare $372 million in 2013. Read the story
Marge Ginsburg, Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Decisions, ran a series of chat sessions, soliciting the public’s opinion on Medicare. Among the findings, a significant number of respondents felt that Medicare should cover one year of nursing home care. Read the story
As many as 71 million adults in America have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control.
One of the main risk factors for two leading causes of death in the U.S. – heart disease and stroke – is high cholesterol. Detection and treatment as well as prevention of high cholesterol are ways to reduce your risk of these diseases and keep your heart healthy.
September is Healthy Aging Month, a time to focus on the positive aspects of aging. It’s also a time to focus on making choices that can improve physical, mental and social health as well. It’s not too late to try something new or take control of your health no matter your age. Here are 10 tips to do just that:
A new study has found that including women over 70 in breast cancer screening programs may not lead to disease reduction and may lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment of the disease. Read the story
According to a report released by Alzheimer’s Disease International, approximately 44 million people are living with dementia and that number is expected to nearly double by 2030. Read the story
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress have begun to develop and test different approaches to better manage care for chronically ill beneficiaries. This has included the promotion of Chronic Care Management (CCM) to better control costs while improving the quality of care and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries suffering from multiple chronic conditions. More specifically, CMS has supported the testing of innovative approaches including the use of home-based primary care teams to improve beneficiary health for this difficult to manage patient population while controlling costs.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is expanding drug take-back programs in an effort to address the problem of abuse of prescription drugs. Read the story
A new study has shown that a patient’s risk of acquiring a drug-resistant infection increases one percent with each day spent in the hospital. Read the story
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