HCH Monthly

Family Caregivers Become More Crucial as Elderly Population Grows

Strain on family caregivers is alarming many lawmakers and social-service providers. Read More   

Antidepressants Carry Much Higher Fall Risk than Anti-psychotics, Study Finds

Nursing home residents with dementia who take antidepressants are at significantly higher risk of falls and fractures than those on anti-psychotics, new research shows. Read More   

Doctors Test Tools to Predict Your Odds of a Disease

Thomas McGinn, chairman of medicine at a major New York hospital system, is betting he can predict if a patient has strep, pneumonia or other ailments by calculating probabilities with a software program. Read More   

U.S. Will Spend $2.6 Trillion Less on Health Care than Expected Before Obamacare, Study Projects

A new study predicts that the federal forecast of national health care spending under President Obama's signature health law was a big overestimate - by $2.6 trillion over a five-year period. Read More   

Early Support Boosts Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers

Joe Foley, a retired college English professor, confided to his doctor that he was "leaking vocabulary," struggling to find the right words. Read More 

Households with Seniors Predicted to Increase 40%

The adult aging population, as well as the retirement-age population, is predicted to have a large impact on the housing market-and home health demand-in the coming years. Read More   

Study: Americans Spend Billions on Non-Conventional Health Approaches

Americans spend $30.2 billion out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches annually, a substantial percentage of the $328.8 billion spent in total out-of-pocket health care expenditures, a new study says. Read More   

How Tele-medicine is Transforming Health Care

After years of big promises, tele-medicine is finally living up to its potential. Read More   

End-Of-Life Care Better For Patients With Cancer, Dementia: Study Finds

A new study offers surprising findings about end-of-life care - specifically, physicians tend to be more likely to accommodate the advanced-care wishes of patients with cancer or dementia than renal disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease or frailty. Read More   

"Medicalized" Smartphone Shifting Medicine Out of Healthcare Setting

Smartphones are allowing more patients to get care and diagnostics outside of healthcare settings - an irresistible trend that hospitals and clinicians need to embrace. Read More   

The 20 Most Expensive Medical Conditions Treated in Hospitals

Sepsis, a life-threatening infection that is often acquired during a patient's hospital stay, remains the most costly condition for hospitals to treat. 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 month.