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Medicare & Medicaid Changing Focus to Outcome-Based Measures

October 30, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin focusing on outcome-based measures going forward, as opposed to trying to micromanage processes, according to Administrator Seema Verma.

Sex Health News for Seniors

Feeling younger than your age leads to better sex for seniors

Sept. 19, 2017 - It is probably not a surprise, but researchers have confirmed that older adults who feel younger than their actual age are more satisfied with their sex life and in having one.

 

Political News for Seniors

Senior citizens support voter ID laws even if among victims

Most voters don't believe it suppresses turnout

Aug. 29, 2017 – Senior citizens, often the victims of strict voter ID laws, are among the most likely to support such laws, says a study in the journal Social Science Quarterly.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Read how these drugs are breaking Medicaid

Aleve went from 72 cents to $1.70 a pill (+136%); costing Medicaid extra $10 million in 2016.

Aug. 21, 2017 - Skyrocketing price tags for new drugs to treat rare diseases have stoked outrage nationwide. But hundreds of old, commonly used drugs cost the Medicaid program billions of extra dollars in 2016 vs. 2015, a Kaiser Health News data analysis shows.

Medicare & Medicaid News

cash in handEpiPen loses fight to be generic; will save Medicaid millions

Settlement calls for $465 million payment to government

Aug. 18, 2017 - The Department of Justice yesterday announced a $465 million settlement pertaining to Maylan’s claims that EpiPen is a generic drug. Mylan and its auto-injector product have been at the center of the national debate over prescription drug costs.

Exercise & Fitness News

New drink idea repairs muscle in senior citizens

Study says ready-to-drink formula is answer to sarcopenia – a normal part of aging

Aug. 18, 2017 – As we age our strength and muscle mass deteriorate and increase the dangers of falling and other problems that lead to a need for assisted living. A new study, however, claims a new drink formula is found to greatly improve the physical strength of senior citizens.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Hospice patient with caretakerHospice Care gets its own Compare website at Medicare-Medicaid

CMS now provides seniors with 9 “Compare” websites

Aug. 17, 2017 - Hospice care was slow to be accepted but has officially moved up to be one of the standard services for senior citizens and the elderly. It became official yesterday with the launch of its own “compare website” on the list of those provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Medicare & Medicaid News

What you need to know about Hospice Compare website

Aug. 17, 2017 - The goal of Hospice Compare, launched yesterday, is to help consumers compare hospice providers on their performance and assist in making decisions that are right for them. The information that CMS presents on Hospice Compare can also provide consumers with helpful questions to ask a prospective hospice provider.

Political News for Seniors

Seniors citizens, boomers no longer dominate voters

Millennials and Gen Xers out voted them in 2016 presidential election

political campaign hatsAug. 16, 2017 – Senior citizens are no longer the dominant voice on election day. Baby Boomers and other older Americans are no longer the majority voters in U.S. presidential elections, according to Richard Fry, a senior researcher at Pew Research Center, who predicted this result a year ago.

Health News for Seniors

Vitamin D deficiency may increase heart failure risk in older adults

Aug. 18, 2018 - A recent study found an elevated risk of heart failure in more than half of older men and women, and this risk was significantly associated with vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency was linked with a 12.2-times increased risk of heart failure. The study in ESC Heart Failure involved analysis of the medical records of 137 people in Brazil aged 60 and older. It also revealed increased heart failure risks in men, obese individuals, and those with heart arrhythmias.

Sex Health News for Seniors

Sex beats puzzles, games as way for senior citizens to increase brain power

The more often it occurs, the smarter older adults become, finds new study

July 20, 2017 - So, you thought doing puzzles, crosswords or adult coloring books were the things to do as a senior to increase your brain power. Read this and you will know that a better way may be  to have more sex.

Health News for Seniors

Research to stop cardiac arrest that kills many seniors is declining

Has fighting persistent killers just lost its challenge?

July 12, 2017 - Sometimes, it seems, Americans just get used to a rampant killer disease and lose interest in fighting it. For example, National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for cardiac arrest research has dwindled in the last decade and is a fraction of what the government spends to study other leading causes of death, says new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Political News for Seniors

AARP Wants Senate Health Bill Stopped; Older Americans in Danger

Seniors most threatened by new Republican health bill, says leading organization of older Americans

unhappy voterJune 25, 2017 — The Senate health bill imposes and “Age Tax” on older adults - increasing health insurance premiums and reducing tax credits. Even more damning, it makes cuts to both Medicare and Medicaid funding, and yet gives billions of dollars in tax breaks to drug and insurance companies. AARP calls on every Senator to vote ‘NO’ on this harmful bill.

New Senate Health Bill Revamps Medicaid, Alter ACA Guarantees, Cut Premium Support

Crafted in secret, senior citizens needing nursing home care - Alzheimer's patients in particular - may be worst hit if Medicaid can't pay

June 22, 2017 - Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dramatically transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of the law’s coverage guarantees.

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Older Patients Leaving Hospital Resist Home Help at Their Peril

As many as 28 percent of patients offered home health care when they’re being discharged from a hospital — mostly older adults — say “no”

By Judith Graham, Navigating Aging

June 21, 2017 - The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help.

 

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

Seniors like me pose a problem in taking high-dose Vitamin D

JAMA study finds many older adults can’t help but reach for more

By Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher

Vitamin D pillsJune 20, 2017 - Senior citizens who think like I do are dangerous, and I know there are millions of us. The basic error in our thinking, at least about vitamins and medicines, is that if one pill is good for you and adequate for the job, taking two has got to be better. Wrong! A new report in JAMA points out the problem in a study of adults taking vitamin D supplements.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Your new Medicare card with new number to remember is in works

Social Security numbers disappear to combat fraud says Medicare

June 19, 2017 – For senior citizens who like change, if there is one, the program underway at Medicare will provide some joy. All the rest may have trouble welcoming it into their lives, because it is giving us all a new number on our Medicare cards to remember. Up until now Medicare has used our Social Security number but this is all changing as part of a new fraud prevention program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Retirement News for Seniors

New reverse mortgage tools help seniors understand them better

For those considering a loan or those who already have them

Feb. 8, 2017 – Senior citizens considering a reverse mortgage and those who already have them now have new tools from the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association to help them better understand these unique loans.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Senior citizens with Medicare get lots of benefits from Obamacare

12 million saved $26 billion on drugs; 40 million got free preventive services last year

By Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher

January 27, 2017 – There was such a barrage of Republican attacks on Obamacare before it ever got off the ground that it has prevented many – maybe most – from even knowing what it does. Senior citizens, for example, are probably unaware that it lowered their drug prices and established new free preventive services. It saved twelve million on Medicare $26 billion on drugs since 2010 and over 40 million used the free preventive services just last year. More...

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