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Social Security: How Working in Retirement Impacts Your Benefits

Motley Fool: Most still retiring at 62

Former police union official cops plea in $20 million Social Security disability scam

New York Daily News: A ringleader in a mammoth Social Security disability scam that netted dozens of retired cops and firefighters pleaded guilty Friday.

 

Medicare and Medicaid News

 

More seniors are carrying student loan debt into retirement

Washington Post: The GAO report cited a number of reasons why older Americans might still be paying off college loans

Medicare savings cause for cautious optimism

Asbury Park Press - WASHINGTON – Contrary to some media reports, the Medicare monster hasn't been tamed. But it has been made a little less unruly.

Inaccuracy rampant about Medicare

Beckley Register-Herald - I am both a Medicare recipient and a health care professional. There are two types of Medicare programs: Traditional Medicare and Medicare ...

Five problems with Medicare Part C

Christian Science Monitor - Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, have shown uneven success. Some insurers are shying away from the program...

Ask Kim: How do I switch Medicare Advantage plans?

Dallas Morning News -If you switch to a plan with a five-star quality rating, you don't have to wait until Medicare open enrollment (which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 for 2015 ...

Know Your Medicare Rights | Commentary by David Sayen

SCVNEWS.com -If you have Medicare Advantage, your plan materials describe how to get emergency care. You don't need permission from your primary-care doctor ...

Medicare Advantage reimbursement insider-trading probe expands

LifeHealthPro - A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation of a leak of information about 2014 Medicare Advantage reimbursement rates

Proposed physician fee schedule draws criticism from docs, insurers

ModernHealthcare.com - Stakeholders from across the healthcare continuum are raising red flags about provisions of Medicare's proposed physician fee schedule for 2015 ...

Medicare is pricier in unhealthy states, study says

MarketWatch (blog) - First, the think tank has found that higher Medicare spending in certain states is due to varying conditions in each location, rather than different practice ...

Eliminate Medicare fraud by utilizing these tips

The Daily News - A healthy life is a good life. Medicare strives to make sure you can get the healthcare you need and keepingMedicare solvent...

 

Medical Research News for Seniors

 

Kaiser Health News reports weekly a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. The selected reports are those pertaining to senior citizens.

UCLA Center For Health Policy Research

Bringing It To The Community: Successful Programs That Increase The Use Of Clinical Preventive Services By Vulnerable Older Populations 

JAMA Internal Medicine:

Use Of Medications Of Questionable Benefit In Advanced Dementia

JAMA Internal Medicine:

Quality Of Care For Elderly Patients Hospitalized For Pneumonia In The United States, 2006 to 2010

Health Affairs:

Drug Shortages - From 2005 to 2010 the number of reported drug shortages almost tripled

Journal of the American Medical Association/The Kaiser Family Foundation

Visualizing Health Policy: The Role Of Medicare Advantage

George Washington University/Kaiser Family Foundation:

Community Health Centers: A 2012 Profile And Spotlight On Implications Of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions

Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice:

What Does Nurse Turnover Rate Mean And What Is The Rate?

British Medical Journal:

Appraisal Of Evidence Base For Introduction Of New Implants In Hip And Knee Replacement: A Systematic Review Of Five Widely Used Device Technologies

Medscape:

Intensive Interventions Reduce Readmissions Globally

Reuters: 

Depression More Common For Cancer Patients, But Rarely Treated

The Associated Press

Rise In ER Visits After Medicaid Expansion

The Associated Press

Screening May Benefit Heavy-Smoking Seniors

Reuters

Race and Poverty Tied To Thyroid Surgery Outcomes

Denver Post:

Medicare Patients Less Likely To Receive Best Treatment For Some Strokes, Study Finds

More news at Kaiser Health News

 

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Many Senior Citizens Do Not Know How to Lower Dementia Risk

Alzheimer’s Society of U.K. emphasizes five simple things older people can do to avoid dementia

Five Simple Steps to Avoid Dementia

Sept. 14, 2014 - Alzheimer’s disease is the affliction feared most by a majority of senior citizens but a new study in the U.K. finds a surprisingly large number of seniors are unaware that it is possible to lower their risk of dementia.

Aging & Longevity

Older Men Living with Stress Die Younger

Men may live longer if they’re able to control their attitudes about everyday hassles

'Don't Make Mountains Out of Molehills'

Sept. 10, 2014 - Older men who lead high-stress lives, either from chronic everyday hassles or because of a series of significant life events, are likely to die earlier than the average for their peers, new research from Oregon State University shows. Taking things in stride, however, appears to offer some protection.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Diabetes Patients Have Heart Risk Other Than Cholesterol or Atherosclerosis

'It looks like diabetes may be slowly killing heart muscle in ways we had not thought of before.'

Sept. 10, 2014 – Diabetes patients are at increased risk of heart failure and cardiac death unrelated to the common culprits of cholesterol and atherosclerosis, says a new study. People with diabetes who appear otherwise healthy may have a six-fold higher risk of developing heart failure regardless of their cholesterol levels, according to this research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Aging News & Information

Age Makes Difference in Response to Grief, Seniors Take it Harder

Critical age at which losing a loved one threatens serious harm to the immune system appears to be around age 65

Sept. 9, 2014 – The balance of our stress hormones during periods of grief changes as we age, according to a new study. For example, young people have a more robust immune response to the loss of a loved one. It is, however, more likely to result in reduced immune function in elderly people, who are then likely to suffer from infections.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Diabetes Patients Cope with Positive Outlook, Social Support

Getting Old is Challenge Enough!

Editor's Note: Getting old is challenge enough but almost one in four senior citizens in the U.S. also has to cope with the challenges of Type 2 diabetes. Learn more about diabetes below - insert in news report.

Almost one out of every four senior citizens age 60 and over has diabetes, more than half of all U.S. adults with diabetes are seniors

By Jennifer Abbasi

Sept.9, 2014 - A positive outlook and support from people around them help patients with diabetes cope with psychosocial challenges of the disease, according to an international study that included researchers from Penn State College of Medicine. A better understanding of the emotional, psychological and social challenges people with diabetes face could improve health outcomes.

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Older Women Reduce Stroke, Death Risks with Potassium-Rich Foods

Studied women 50 to 79 over 11 years; women who ate the most potassium were 10% less likely to die

Sept. 8, 2014 - Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

Aging News & Information

Aging Muscles May Be Restored by Discovery of a Key to Making Muscle

Results hailed as important step toward developing new muscle to treat muscle diseases; good news for seniors with muscles wasting away from aging

Sept. 8, 2014 – Promising results have been achieved in repairing damaged tissue in muscles which could lead to a new therapeutic approach to treating the millions of people suffering from muscle diseases, including those with muscular dystrophies and muscle wasting associated with cancer and aging seniors, according to the study, published September 7 in Nature Medicine.

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Nearly Half of Senior Citizens Need Some Help with Care Needs

51% reported no difficulty in previous month, 29% reported receiving help taking care of themselves, their households or getting around

Sept. 8, 2014 - Nearly half of the senior citizens in the U.S. – 18 million people - have difficulty with daily activities or get help in managing them, according to a new study.

Retirement News

Older Americans Being Squeezed Out of Housing Market in Retirement

Study by Harvard center and AARP expresses special concern about baby boomers with lower incomes, wealth, homeownership rates and more debt than generations before

Sept. 4, 2014 - America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released today by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation.

Aging News & Information

War Against Aging Heats Up with Calico, AbbVie Joint Effort

Google-backed Calico to create leading R&D facility in San Francisco focused on aging, age-related diseases

Sept. 4, 2014 – There was a major announcement in the war against aging yesterday as Calico, the Google-backed life sciences company, and AbbVie, a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company, announced a collaboration to discover, develop and bring to market new therapies for patients with age-related diseases, including neurodegeneration and cancer.

Features for Senior Citizens

New Digital Tablet for Older Americans Marketed by AARP

RealPad designed for older people who are still wary or apprehensive about using tablet technology

Sept. 4, 2014 - AARP, with a little help from Intel and Walmart, will bring to the market a new digital tablet – the RealPad – especially designed for Americans ages 50 and above “who are yet to fully embrace tablet technology”, to help them stay or get connected online.

Aging News & Information

Adults with Sleep Problems May See Brains Shrink, Especially Seniors Over 60

'Not yet known whether poor sleep quality is a cause or consequence of changes in brain structure'

Sept. 3, 2014 – Sleep difficulties may be linked to faster rates of decline in brain volume, particularly for those seniors over the age of 65, according to a study published in the September 3, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Men Who Exercise Least are Most Likely to Wake Up to Urinate

Those physically active one or more hours per week were 13% less likely to report nocturia, 34% less likely to report severe nocturia

Sept. 2, 2014 - Men who are physically active are at lower risk of nocturia (waking up at night to urinate), which is the most common and bothersome lower urinary tract symptom in men, reports a new study. Nocturia increases with age and is estimated to occur in more than 50 percent of men 45 and older.

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Do Not Upset Grandpa or Grandma Before Surgery, It Can Hinder Recovery

Family conflicts, other non-physical worries before colon cancer surgery raise patients’ complication risk; reducing stress speeds recovery

stressed surgery patientSept. 2, 2014 - How well patients recover from cancer surgery may be influenced by more than their medical conditions and the operations themselves. Family conflicts and other non-medical problems may raise their risk of surgical complications, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Addressing such quality-of-life issues before an operation may reduce patients’ stress, speed their recoveries and save health care dollars, the research suggests.

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Eating Fruit Daily Makes Significant Reduction in Cardiovascular Risk

Large study says the more fruit you eat the more the risk declines; also significantly lowers blood pressure

Sept. 2, 2014 – Eating fruit every day will reduced your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 40 percent and the more fruit you eat the more this risk declines, suggests the results of a study of almost half a million presented to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Fitness Clearly a Fountain of Youth for Bone and Joint Health

Decades of research show much age-related deterioration is the result of the a sedentary lifestyles and the development of medical conditions rather than of aging itself

Aug. 28, 2014 - Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging, according to a review of the latest research on senior athletes (ages 65 and up)

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Marijuana May Halt or Slow Alzheimer’s Disease Says Florida Study

Battle Underway in Florida to Clear Marijuana for Medical Use - Seniors Lead Effort - Vote in November

THC in marijuana known to be potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer’s pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels

By Anne DeLotto BaierAug. 27, 2014 – Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Confusion about Medicare and Marketplace Cleared up by CMS Q&A

Many seniors will be surprised by this Q&A about Medicare and the Marketplace of the Affordable Care Art

Aug. 26, 2014 - There has often been confusion for many senior citizens between Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace - the health insurance program for U.S. citizens who have not reached the age of Medicare eligibility, which is normally age 65. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which also runs the Marketplace, is offering some help. It has issued a Q&A on the most frequent questions asked about Medicare and the Marketplace.

Medicare & Medicaid News

New Executives Named as CMS Prepares for 2015 Open Enrollment for Marketplace

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Market place will be November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015; coverage can start as early as January 1, 2015

Aug. 26, 2014 – A new Marketplace Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kevin Counihan, will join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Lori Lodes has been named the new Director of Communications for CMS. The announcement was made by Health and Human Services Secretary Syliva M. Burwell, who is about have her first turn at steering the Health Insurance Marketplace through an open enrollment period.

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Interest in Exercise for Recreation Declines with Age, Feel Too Old for Team Sports

Boomers building muscle at the gym but heart not in it says new Concordia study

By: Suzanne Bowness

Aug. 22, 2014 - As the first generation to embrace exercise, baby boomers continue going to the gym, yet more out of necessity than for the challenge and enjoyment of physical activity.

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Wine Drinkers Can Cut Back a Little by Following the Half Glass Rule

Researchers looked at ways people try to control wine consumption; wine a regular daily habit for many seniors

Aug. 22, 2014 – A glass of wine – or maybe one or two more – has become an almost daily habit for many senior citizens. Many of them who are interested in cutting back a little will be interested in new research that found sticking to a rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index.


Are Your Medical Records Vulnerable to Theft?

 Aug. 21, 2014 - Here is what you need to know if your records are stored electronically (and they probably are). By Eric Whitney, Kaiser Health News


Health and Medicine for Seniors

Relief for 75 Percent of Seniors with Chronic Conditions May Come from New NIH Research

More chronic conditions means more health care services, negative outcomes, unnecessary hospitalizations, adverse drug reactions, declining functional status, and mortality

Aug. 21, 2014 - Three new research awards — totaling $19.4 million over five years — will address the growing proportion of the U.S. population that has multiple chronic medical conditions. Estimates are that almost 75 percent of senior citizens over age 65 and 1 in 15 children suffer from two or more chronic medical conditions — such as diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and chronic pain.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke Have Plunged in Last Decade

Drop in Hospitalizations

Heart Attack -38.0%

Unstable Angina -83.8%

Heart Failure -30.5%

 Ischemic Stroke -33.6%

Rates declined more for these conditions than for any others; improved lifestyle, quality of care and prevention strategies contributed to the decrease.

Aug. 20, 2014 - U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Caregiver & Elder Care News

New Report on Severe Hardship for Family Caregivers of Patients with Cognitive Conditions

‘All caregivers need training and support; caregivers who are responsible for people with challenging behaviors are among those most in need of assistance,’ AARP/United Hospital Fund

Aug. 20, 2014 - Family caregivers who provide complex chronic care to people who also have cognitive and behavioral health conditions face particularly demanding challenges, including high levels of self-reported depression. A majority of them (61%) reported feeling stress “sometimes to always,” between their caregiving responsibilities and trying to meet other work or family obligations, says a new report.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Government Streamlining Medicare Coverage For Cancer Test

In a clinical trial, Colorguard detected 92 percent of colorectal cancers and 42 percent of advanced adenomas, large polyps that are more likely than small polyps to lead to cancer.

By Michelle Andrews, Insuring Your Health

Aug. 19, 2014 - Medicare beneficiaries may get speedier coverage for a newly approved screening test for colorectal cancer under a pilot project in which two federal agencies reviewed the product at the same time instead of one after the other.

Medicare & Medicaid

FDA Approves First Non-Invasive DNA Screening Test for Colorectal Cancer

Cologuard vs Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

Cologuard detected 92% of colorectal cancers, 42% of advanced adenomas.

FIT screening  detected 74% of cancers, 24% of advanced adenomas.

Collaboration with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contributed to proposed Medicare coverage for Cologuard

Aug. 19, 2014 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on August 11 approved Cologuard, the first stool-based colorectal screening test that detects the presence of red blood cells and DNA mutations that may indicate the presence of certain kinds of abnormal growths that may be cancers such as colon cancer or precursors to cancer.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Some States, Seniors Bristle at Lack of Authority Over Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare pays private health plans - an alternative to traditional Medicare - set monthly rate per patient: about 16 million have signed up, almost one third of elderly, disabled eligible for Medicare

By Fred Schulte, The Center for Public Integrity

medical logo with dollar signHumana hit him with a bill for $6,461.66, claiming the surgery was not covered because the hospital was “out of network.”

Aug. 19, 2014 - When Minnesota retiree Doug Morphew needed surgery last year, he expected his Humana Medicare Advantage plan to step up and pay the lion’s share of the bill. Morphew said the health plan had told him over the phone he would owe just $450 for the two days he spent in a St. Paul hospital recovering from the operation to repair an aortic aneurysm. Less than a month later, however, Humana hit him with a bill for $6,461.66...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

New Optical Imaging of Brain Confirms Arteries More Elastic in Fit Seniors

Discovery allows scientists to map pulse pressure and elasticity of arteries in the brain with optical imaging, measure aging

Aug. 19, 2014 - A new discovery can noninvasively image the pulse pressure and elasticity of the arteries of the brain, revealing correlations between arterial health and aging. Brain artery support, which makes up the cerebrovascular system, is crucial for healthy brain aging and preventing diseases like Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Aging News & Information

Robin Williams Death Highlights Increase in Suicide Among Middle-aged Men

Suicide rates in middle-aged are higher than for the elderly; male baby boomers are 1.6 times more likely to kill themselves than prior generation

Aug. 19, 2014 - The death of Robin Williams has once again renewed focus on a worrying trend:  middle-aged male baby boomers who increasingly take their own lives. Julie Phillips, professor of sociology at Rutgers, notes Williams seems to have had many of the risk factors – a 63-year-old man with a history of drug addiction, alcoholism and depression who was dealing with new physical health problems.

Social Security News

Social Security Pushes My Social Security in Honor of Turning 79

This account is a tool people can used to keep up with their Social Security benefits, and more - read brief history

Aug. 18, 2014 – In honor of the 79th Anniversary of the Social Security Act, Social Security is urging Americans to establish a my Social Security account, a personalized online account, promoted as a helpful retirement planning tool.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Too Many Senior Citizens Get Cancer Screening Says JAMA Study

Researchers examined rates of prostate, breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening in patients 65 or older

Aug. 18, 2014 – A large number of senior citizens with limited life expectancy continue to receive routine screenings for prostate, breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, according to the authors of a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. And, they add, the procedures are unlikely to benefit them.

Senior Citizen Alerts

Most Seniors Not Aware of High Dose Flu Shot for Elderly Provided by Medicare

Flu vaccine, including high dose version, is provided at no cost to seniors covered by Medicare - vaccine finder on page

Aug. 17, 2014 – A stronger flu vaccine was created just for senior citizens. The high dose vaccine contains four times the antigens as the regular flu vaccine and is intended to create a stronger immune response for seniors, who are at greater risk of developing severe flu-related illnesses. The problem is that the majority of seniors are not aware of its importance.

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Middle-Aged Women Missing Passion - and Sex - Seek Affairs, Not Divorce

Being happy in marriage is far different than being happy in bed - None of women looking to leave husband

By Sydney McKinley, American Sociological Association

Aug. 16, 2014 -  When middle-aged women seek extra-marital affairs, they are looking for more romantic passion, which includes sex — and don't want to divorce their husbands, suggests new research to be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Social Security Opens Disability Anti-Fraud Unit in Michigan

Aug. 16, 2014 - The Social Security Administration, its Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and the Michigan Department of Human Services announced a new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Unit in Detroit to identify and prevent Social Security disability fraud throughout the State of Michigan.

Citizens who would like to report suspected disability fraud should contact the Social Security Fraud Hotline at http://oig.ssa.gov/report; send U.S. Mail to PO Box 17768, Baltimore, MD, 21235; fax (410) 597-0118; or call (800) 269-0271 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

 

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Health and Medicine for Seniors

Diabetes Risk Rapidly Increasing in U.S., Almost Half Adults Likely Victims

Lifetime risk for Hispanics, black women probably more than 50 percent

Aug. 13, 2014 – More than half of Hispanics and black women, and just less than half of all adults in the U.S. are projected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, according to projections from a new study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Caregiver & Elder Care News

One of Five Medicare Hospice Patients Discharged Alive – Is It to Save Money

Live discharge rates differ between hospice programs; when should those rates raise red flags among issues explored

Aug. 13, 2014 - About 1 in 5 Medicare patients is discharged from hospice care alive, whether due to patients' informed choice, a change in their condition, or inappropriate actions by the hospice to save on hospitalization costs related to terminal illness.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Cognitive Problems in Senior Citizens Found as Risk for Stroke, Death

Declining memory and cognitive ability may increase the risk of stroke, death in seniors over age 65

Aug. 12, 2014 – Most senior citizens are well aware that poor cardiovascular health, including a stroke, is an important risk factor for developing cognitive impairment. New research, however, says the opposite is also true for senior citizens age 65 and older: cognitive impairment is a risk factor for having a stroke.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Advantage Plans Exaggerate Diseases of Senior Citizens to Make More Money

Suspect billing practices have been common across much of the Medicare Advantage industry and are likely to get worse unless officials crack down

By Fred Schulte, The Center for Public Integrity

Aug. 8, 2014 - Many Medicare Advantage health plans routinely overbill the government for treating elderly patients - and have done it for years, a federal study shows.

Senior Citizen Alerts

Senior Citizens Should Schedule Mentally Challenging Tasks in the Morning

Older adults have ‘morning brains’ finds study showing noticeable difference in brain function across the day

Aug. 6, 2014 - Senior citizens facing a challenge that will require their brain to be working at its best should schedule it for the morning hours. A new study finds older adults have “morning brains.” They not only perform better on demanding cognitive tasks but also activate the same brain networks responsible for paying attention and suppressing distraction as younger adults, according to Canadian researchers.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Obese Senior Citizens More Likely to Survive Deadly Sepsis Infection

Study suggest that excess weight may cause the body to respond differently to critical illness

Aug. 6, 2014 – It is not often we see good health news for fat senior citizens. The University of Michigan Health System claims, however, that obese senior citizens in Medicare were more likely to survive life-threatening sepsis infection than other patients.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Spending Cuts Also Reducing Healthcare Spending for Younger People

Medicare by far the largest payer of hospital bills in U.S., accounting for about 30% of total hospital revenues

Aug. 6, 2114 – The increased efforts by Medicare to reduce costs and improve the medical care for senior citizens and the disabled, mandated by prices under the Obamacare, appears to be reducing the total overall hospital spending. Even younger patients and insurance companies are gaining the benefits.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Women Age 75 and Older Should Stay with Mammography Says New Study

‘There are no studies on women age 75 and older, despite the fact that they are at the highest risk for breast cancer’

Aug. 5, 2014 – There is new evidence that supports the argument for senior women – ages 75 and older – to continue in mammography screening. The research says mammography leads to earlier stage cancer diagnosis in older women, which reduces the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases.

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Link Between Frailty and Dementia Gets Closer Look by New York Researchers

‘Growing consensus in the field that frailty is at the core of geriatrics, and that frailty is associated with higher rates of cognitive deficit’

Ellen Goldbaum Senior Editor, Medicine, UB News

Aug. 5, 2014 – What is the relationship between frailty and dementia? Many studies acknowledge that frailty and dementia often coexist, but little research has been done on why that is the case. Read more...

Medicare & Medicaid News

More Inspections of Medicare Hospice Programs Demanded by New House Bill

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization backs bi-partisan bill

Aug. 5, 2014 – Just before the House of Representatives slammed the door shut to go on their August recess, a bi-partisan bill was introduced that will require “more timely” surveys of Medicare-certified hospice care programs, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Rule on Hospital Pay Wants Charges Public, Emphasis on Better Care

Rule updates Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care, long-term care hospitals

Aug. 4, 2014 – A final rule that updates Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) for FY 2015 was issued today. The provision that will grab the attention of seniors supports price transparency by emphasizing the Obamacare requirement that hospitals most make their charges available to patients and the public. Hospital administrators may pay more attention, however, to mandated improvements in the quality of care that limit payment for hospital acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Lung Cancer Diagnosis Tool Found Safe, Effective for Senior Citizens

Correct assessment of the stage of a patient's cancer – how much tumor has grown and spread – is key to ensuring they receive the right treatment

Aug. 4, 2014 - Half of all lung cancer patients are over 70 years old when first diagnosed, but studies have shown that these older patients are less likely to receive an accurate diagnosis. A recent study has found that a procedure to take tissue samples from these patients can be used safely in the elderly - allowing doctors to make a more accurate diagnosis and to choose appropriate treatment. Read more...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Reduce Costs for Medicare Patients

Medicare costs for patients receiving care from PCMHs grew slower than for other Medicare patients, rates for emergency room visits, acute care hospitalizations lower, too

By Stephanie Stephens, HBNS Contributing Writer

Learn more about PCMH care below news report. See video, too.

Aug. 1, 2014 - The patient-centered medical home (PCMH), introduced in 2007, is a model of health care that emphasizes personal relationships, team delivery of care, coordination across specialties and care settings, quality and safety improvement, and open access. As the number of PCMHs has increased, a new report in the journal Health Services Research finds the model offers a promising option to reduce health care costs and utilization of some health care services.

 

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Drug Plan Premiums Up $1 Next Year, More Reports on Low Medicare Costs

Unprecedented low levels of growth in Medicare spending, continued savings for seniors citizens

Aug. 1, 2014 - The average premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2015 will increase by about $1, to an estimated $32 per month, continuing its historically low growth rate. This projection by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) comes on the heels of the 49th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law.


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