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As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind. Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
1965: The year that brought civil rights to the nation’s hospitals

1965: The year that brought civil rights to the nation’s hospitals

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News In his new book, David Barton Smith takes us back to the mid-1960s, when a small band of civil rights activists-cum-government bureaucrats toiled to get the nascent Medicare program up and running. In the process, they profoundly changed the way health care is delivered in this country. It stands in […]

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman ProPublica Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. The move follows a series of ProPublica reports that have documented abuses in nursing homes and assisted living centers using social […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare’s readmission penalties hit hew high

Medicare’s readmission penalties hit hew high

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government’s readmission penalties on hospitals will reach a new high as Medicare withholds more than half a billion dollars in payments over the next year, records released Tuesday show. The government will punish more than half of the nation’s hospitals — a total of 2,597 — having […]

August 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Ask Emily: Can I afford to keep my doctor?

Ask Emily: Can I afford to keep my doctor?

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News For most of my adult life, I’ve picked my health insurance based on one simple standard: Does my beloved primary care physician participate in the plan? I’m lucky. My generous job-based coverage has allowed me to make that choice without straining my finances. But that luck isn’t universal. Like […]

August 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Some seniors surprised to be automatically enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans

Some seniors surprised to be automatically enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News Only days after Judy Hanttula came home from the hospital after surgery last November, her doctor’s office called with bad news: Records showed that instead of traditional Medicare, she had a private Medicare Advantage plan, and her doctor and hospital were not in its network. Neither the plan nor […]

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Well known hospitals fail to score 5 stars in Medicare ratings

Well known hospitals fail to score 5 stars in Medicare ratings

Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation’s best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones. The Centers for Medicare […]

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

By Jenni Bengal Stateline Facing a wave of aging baby boomers, many states are trying to make it easier for frail seniors to stay in their homes — as many prefer — instead of moving into more costly long-term care nursing homes. States have a huge stake in where aging seniors and disabled people end […]

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fraud concerns emerge as compounding drug sales skyrocket

Fraud concerns emerge as compounding drug sales skyrocket

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Government spending on “compounded” drugs that are handmade by retail pharmacists has skyrocketed, drawing the attention of federal investigators who are raising fraud and overbilling concerns. Spending on these medications in Medicare’s Part D program, for example, rose 56 percent last year, with some of the costliest products, including […]

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller, opening the door to long-term use and dependence. A recent study examined this pattern and found the prescriptions are used and renewed more often than you might imagine. Researchers […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More