Healthcare Headlines - July '16 in Review

By Kindred Healthcare

HCH Monthly

The Night Doctor is in: Why 'Nocturnalists' Are Replacing Some On-Call Physicians

More hospitals are hiring experienced "nocturnalists" to improve patient safety and prevent calls to tired on-call physicians, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Read More  

Healthcare Hiring Momentum Leads to another 38,500 Jobs in June

Healthcare added 38,500 jobs in June and a total of 234,600 jobs in the first six months of 2016, according to initial seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More  

Hospital Elder Units Help Seniors Go Home

The need for specialized hospital units for seniors is high and growing—and the proven ability of these units to return seniors to live at home independently could spell good things for the home health care industry. Read More  

CMS Proposes Expanding Diabetes-Prevention Model

The CMS on Thursday proposed expanding a program aimed at helping people avoid diabetes. Read More  

Wearable Fitness Devices Attract More than the Young and Healthy

That Fitbit isn’t just for the young, active and healthy anymore. Aging baby boomers and seniors are emerging as an equally prosperous market for fitness ‘wearables’ manufacturers and the wellness industry. Read More

Younger Seniors Amass More End-of-Life Care than Oldest Americans, Study Finds

Americans in their 80's and 90's are not the ones amassing the largest medical bills to hold off death, according to a new analysis that challenges a widely held belief about the costs of end-of-life care. Read More  

Smarter Ways to Teach Family Members Medical Skills

As hospitals send patients home after shorter stays and many patients live with multiple chronic diseases, more families are taking on complicated medical tasks. Read More  

2 in 10 Alzheimer's Cases May Be Misdiagnosed

Alzheimer's disease is often misdiagnosed, possibly causing undue stress for those who don't have the disease but are told they do, and delays in treatment for others, two new studies reveal. Read More  

HHS to Fund Cybersecurity Information Exchange

HHS will fund an organization for cybersecurity professionals to exchange information about threats to the healthcare industry's information technology systems. 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.