Healthcare Headlines Week of August 18, 2014

Doctor Payment Web Site on Track for September Launch

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

Long-term Care Providers Ask for More Transparency

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

Hospitalizations, Death from Heart Disease and Stroke Down

A new study has found that hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke fell over the past decade as did the risk of dying within a year of hospitalization for those things. Read the story

Higher Quality, Higher Cost for Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage offers higher quality care at a 6 percent higher price tag than traditional Medicare. Read the story

Preventable Deaths from Urological Surgery on the Rise

A rise in older, sicker patients getting urologic surgery may be contributing to a rise in deaths from complications such as sepsis and blood clots. Read the story

“Day Off” May Reduce Stress Among Caregivers

Those who care for relatives with dementia suffer high levels of stress, but a new study shows that stress can be reduced through the utilization of adult daycare twice a week. Read the story

Good Neighbors Good for the Heart

A new study has found that feeling connected to your community is good for heart and overall health. Watch the video 

Long-term Care Quality Rises

The soaring number of honor designations speaks for itself: long-term care quality appears to be on the rise. Read the story

Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Doesn’t Increase Fall Risk

A new study has shown that tight control of high blood pressure does not appear to increase risk of falls, as has been speculated. Read the story

Exercise May Reduce Risk of A-Fib in Women

Post-menopausal women who exercised regularly were less likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a condition that can lead to life-threatening irregular heartbeat, according to a new study. Read the story

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.