According to this article, nursing home star ratings, which rely on a significant amount of self-reporting, may not always be accurate. Read the story
The Drug Enforcement Association has imposed new restrictions on hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin, making them ineligible for automatic refill and allowing fewer pills per prescription, and the decision has come under fire by long-term care advocates who worry that it will impede patients’ access to needed pain medications.Read the story
Individuals referred to as “dual-eligible” are those people who are eligible for coverage by both the Medicare and Medicaid programs – most often low-income seniors or younger individuals with severe disabilities.According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), “They tend to be poor and report lower health status than other health beneficiaries, and cost Medicare about 60 percent more than nondual eligibles.”The health and cost challenges of the dual-eligible population are further complicated by the variation in coverage and payment policies offered by 50 separate and unique Medicaid policies.
Even before the passage of the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as healthcare reform – the concept of medical homes was the subject of prolonged debate as a theoretical model of care. But what, exactly, is a medical home?
For the most part, a medical home is not a physical care location. Rather, it is a care practice model that encompasses a network of providers delivering patient-centered preventive and primary care. The goals of the medical home concept are to reduce costs while improving quality outcomes and efficiency in care delivery.
A glitch caused by the discovery of inaccurate data during the review phase will not delay the launch of a Web site that will report the payments doctors receive from industry sources. Read the story
An association of long-term care providers is urging greater transparency when it comes to managed care data, with the hopes of securing more accurate comparisons with fee-for-service models. Read the story
A new study has shown that the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine remains effective in patients who have undergone chemotherapy, underscoring the importance of getting this vaccine while young and relatively healthy. Read the story
A small study has shown that older adults were less likely to be distracted in the morning versus other times of day, suggesting that mentally challenging tasks might be best tackled in the early part of the day. Read the story
Medicare has said that payments for hospital admissions will fall $756 million in 2015 thanks to penalties levied on hospitals with higher-than-expected readmissions rates. Read the story
Drugs for rare conditions, some of which have questionable effectiveness, are utilizing Medicare’s valuable resources. Read the story
Sylvia Todor, Regional Marketing Director with Kindred at Home, offers advice on signs to look for with elderly loved ones and how personal home care assistance can help. Here, she provides information on understanding why the elderly may have limitations when it comes to keeping their homes clean and odor-free.
As we age, it can become harder to take care of ourselves and our homes. If your parents always kept their home clean and tidy when they were younger, it may be hard to understand why things have changed as they have grown older. There are several factors that can contribute to this and it's important for family members and other loved ones to be aware of the changes and understand why it might be happening. By understanding the challenges your elderly family members and loved ones face, you can help get them the assistance they need to keep their homes clean.
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