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Rising Obesity Rates Put Strain on Nursing Homes

Obesity is redrawing the common imagery of old age: The slight nursing home resident is giving way to the obese senior, hampered by diabetes, disability and other weight-related ailments. Read More   

Hoping To Curb the Prescription Opioid Epidemic, CDC Proposes New Guidelines for Doctors

The government on Monday urged primary-care physicians who prescribe opioids for pain relief to rein in their use of the drugs, proposing new guidelines that call for a more conservative approach than the one that has led to a crippling epidemic of addiction to the powerful narcotics. Read More  

PwC: Smartphone-Connected Health Devices, Behavioral Health Are Top Healthcare Trends For 2016

Smartphone-connected device use, focus on behavioral health, and better databases for health information analysis, are within the top 10 trends in healthcare for 2016, according to PwC's annual Health Research Institute report. Read More

A Push to Make Transparent Medical Records the National Standard of Care

Perched on an exam table at the doctor's office watching the clinician type details about their medical problems into their file, what patient hasn't wondered exactly what the doctor is writing? Read More   

Prices for Many Generic Drugs Rising Faster than Inflation

Prices rose faster than inflation for 22% of top generic drugs reviewed between 2005 and 2014, according to a report released Thursday by HHS' Office of Inspector General. Read More

HHS Wants More States to Data-Mine for Medicaid Fraud

HHS says few states have taken them up on an offer to receive federal funding for data-mining, which would allow their Medicaid fraud units to search claims. States say they don't need it, even though the improper payment rate has nearly doubled as the number of enrollees surges. Read More  

Baby Boomers Set another Trend: More Golden Years in Poorer Health

After the last of the baby boomers become fully eligible for Medicare, the federal health program can expect significantly higher costs in 2030 both because of the high number of beneficiaries and because many are expected to be significantly less healthy than previous generations. Read More   

New Study Challenges Conventional Wisdom on Health Care Spending

There is little correlation between per-person spending by Medicare and by private insurers in health care markets throughout the country, according to a study set to be published this month in the National Bureau of Economic Research. Read More   

Medicare's Bundled Payment Loses Some Interest among Providers

Some 1,500 medical care providers are moving forward to accept bundled payments from the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly, but that's just 25 percent of those that first expressed interest in a voluntary effort, a new analysis by health research firm Avalere Health shows. Read More   

Doctors Losing Out To Facilities As 'Usual Source For Care'

Despite efforts by health insurers, employers and the Affordable Care Act to encourage patients to have a relationship with a primary care physician, one in five Americans has "no usual source of health care" and increasingly choose a "facility" over a doctor, according to a new study. Read More  

 

*Opinions expressed in any of the included stories or their publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Kindred Healthcare. This blog post is a compilation of news stories from other sources that have appeared during the past week.