Data Points for the week of Dec. 14, 2015, covered the following topics: Mass shootings, healthcare costs, ebola, contraceptive coverage and breast cancer screening
When a MRSA outbreak affecting at least 22 patients and employees at the Park Manor Nursing Home was confirmed in the summer of 2006, the medical director didn't know where to begin, but a spreadsheet on antibiotic use helped put the problem into sharp focus.
As medicine continues to make huge strides with technology as its partner, we often forget that physicians remain at the center of medicine, and patients are at the center of physician practices. This brings us to an old practice that is becoming new again: the house call.
A majority of frail Medicare patients who enter nursing homes in need of rehabilitation therapy now receive higher-paying intensive therapy before they leave, a major shift from just years ago, despite no evidence that such therapy is needed. The shift makes the rehab arena an attractive target for...
CareMore, a Medicare Advantage plan headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., has seen significant safety gains and fewer ER visits with its team-based Brain Health program for dementia patients and their caregivers.
Data Points for the week of Sept. 28, 2015, covered the following topics: Senior citizens, Medicaid costs, the toll of overtime on nurses and heart attacks.
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center's Center for Advanced Care in Chicago has an open and easy-to-navigate design that's welcoming for senior patients who might otherwise be uncomfortable in a large urban facility. That earned it Modern Healthcare's first Senior-Friendly Design Award.
A federal appeals court Friday upheld a new Labor Department rule aimed at boosting wages for many home healthcare workers.
Most senior citizens will fight fiercely to remain in their own homes, often well beyond their physical or even mental capacity to take care of themselves. A recent ACA-initiated demonstration program suggests there may be savings for Medicare if that's where seniors receive care.
The CMS has proposed paying healthcare providers for time spent with patients discussing end-of-life medical choices, starting Jan 1. Experts say frank conversations would cut costs and unnecessary, sometimes harmful procedures.
Health plan leaders and policy experts this week will examine whether the CMS' star-rating system is a fair way of evaluating the performance of Medicare Advantage plans that serve a large share of people who are dually eligibly for Medicaid and Medicare.
Regarding the recent online Guest Commentary “Addressing the nexus of housing and healthcare”, the work being done by the Bipartisan Policy Center's Health and Housing Task Force is on target.