Magazine recently held a Twitter Chat with healthcare professionals.
Using #providerchats as a conversation
tag and labeling different topic codes (ex T1) to organize the flow of
commentary, Provider Magazine was able to organize an hour of forward-thinking
and thought provoking conversation. The topics included in this session ranged
from the attributes of ‘dying well’ to living wills and preparing for death.
The first topic of conversation put into question whether or not people can actually die well, and if so what those attributes would look like. Provider Magazine noted that a large influence of end-of-life (EOL) decisions is culture. Joe Rotella, AAHPM Chief Medical Officer noted that the attributes of dying well are often times the same as how we live well, "in accordance with what matters most and gives us purpose and meaning."
Seniors should be vaccinated for the flu before December,
according to new vaccination recommendations from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Read
Thanks to expanding health insurance coverage, the number of
virtual video consultations between primary health care providers and their
patients will double in five years in the U.S. fueling the nation’s telehealth
boom, according to a new analysis. Read
Most older Americans feel they are prepared for the process of aging, but many have concerns about maintaining their physical and mental health as they get older, a new survey finds.
Among unpaid, informal caregivers of older people with illness or disability, male caregivers in particular can be ambivalent about asking for help, according to a new review. Read more
A retired Green Beret,
Norman Johnson, was once a hospice patient in our Mineral Wells, Texas location. He served in the United States Army from age 17 in 1955 until 1975 when he retired at 37. Norman 'Norm' passed away in August of 2013 from cancer. His physician deemed that Norm's diseases were caused by the chemicals, specifically Agent Orange, he was exposed to while in Vietnam.
After his death, his wife Ann began the journey of trying to have Norm's name added to the 'In Memory'* program. In order for veterans to receive this honor, they must first meet certain criteria. For instance, they may not meet the Department of Defense's criteria to be 'on the wall' but their death must have occurred as an indirect result of the Vietnam War. While Norman didn't die in Vietnam, his passing years later was a direct result of his time served there. Norman didn't lose his life in Vietnam, but his death was ultimately caused by his time and service there.
Washington will pause this week from warring over President Obama's five-year-old healthcare law to commemorate a major milestone for the federal government's two big health insurance programs.
New research suggests that people born after 1930 may have a lower risk of developing dementia than the generation before them, adding to evidence that the incidence of dementia may be declining in the United States and elsewhere.
Various reports indicate only a quarter to a third of adults in this country have laid out their wishes in an "advanced care directive," a document that details, among other things, the health care interventions that they want in their final days. Read more
This year, the government will spend $626 billion on the Medicare program as a whole - more than is spent on national defense. In fact, more is spent on Medicare than any government program other than Social Security.
Mayor Greg Fischer recently announced that the Louisville Innovation Summit will be held October 14 and 15, 2015. The two day collaborative event is presented by six of the nation's leading healthcare organizations, all of which happen to be stationed in Louisville. These organizations include Delta Dental, Humana, Kindred, ResCare, Signature and Trilogy.
A short nap could reduce impulsive behavior and improve the ability to withstand frustration, a small study suggests. Read more
When nursing homes fail to maintain this delicate balance, it puts patients in danger. From 2011 to 2014, at least 165 nursing home residents were hospitalized or died after errors involving Coumadin or its generic version, warfarin, a ProPublica analysis of government inspection reports shows. Read more
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
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