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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
Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

By Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Broadcasting Kaiser Health News At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, W.Va., 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician, Dr. Todd Goldberg. “He’s sure got a lot to do,” she said, “and does it so well.” West Virginia has the third oldest population in the nation, right […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
House panel extends funding for Medicare program to help consumers

House panel extends funding for Medicare program to help consumers

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to continue $52 million in funding for a program that helps seniors understand the complexities of their Medicare coverage. Two weeks ago, a Senate committee voted to eliminate it.

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News A new study takes a fresh measure of generic drugs’ price advantages, revealing how much more Medicare Part D patients shelled out in copayments for two popular brand-name drugs in 2013. The result: 10.5 times more. Copayments averaged $42 for both Crestor, a cholesterol medication, and Nexium, taken for […]

July 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suburbs Go Gray: Part One

Suburbs Go Gray: Part One

Can Car-Centric Suburbs Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers? Baby boomer Greg Glischinski wants to grow old in his multilevel suburban home in Centennial, Colorado, but worries there’s no bedroom or full bathroom on the first floor and public transit options are limited if he can no longer drive. By Jenni Bergal Stateline CENTENNIAL, Colo. — […]

July 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suburbs Go Gray: Part Three

Suburbs Go Gray: Part Three

Grocery Stores, Grab Bars and ‘Golden Girls’ Going Gray: How Aging Boomers Will Challenge Suburbia © The Pew Charitable Trusts “Golden Girls” Carol Gee, Landa Williams, Paula Gee and dog Ace share a suburban home in Overland Park, Kansas. The three baby boomers moved in together for support and companionship and chose the house because […]

July 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare advisory panel targets rising drug prices in latest report

Medicare advisory panel targets rising drug prices in latest report

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Congress should move to slow spending in Medicare’s drug benefit by adopting a package of changes that could save billions, but would also add costs to insurers and have mixed effects on enrollees, an independent advisory commission said Wednesday.

June 18, 2016 | By | Reply More