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Why Medicaid matters to you

Why Medicaid matters to you

While many people may think of Medicaid as a government program that helps only the nation’s poor, that is not accurate. Medicaid helps pay for – and is indeed part of estate planning strategies for – nursing home care and other forms of long-term care.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Asthma, more deadly with age, takes heavy toll on older adults

Asthma, more deadly with age, takes heavy toll on older adults

Death rates for older adults with asthma are five times that of younger patients. As the prevalence of asthma climbs in people 65 and older, more seniors will grapple with its long-term impact.

August 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

“Don’t stand on the interstate. Don’t pull your car over. Don’t take a selfie from a bridge,” said Doug Hecox, a Federal Highway Administration spokesman. “The risk of driver distraction from this once-in-a lifetime event has never been greater. We don’t want anyone to have an ‘eclipse in judgment.’ ”

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits like home services would likely be first to go if states face budget troubles.

July 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

The vast majority of older adults receive long-term care at home, not in nursing homes. But few people plan for this expense. Nor do they see long-term care insurance as a viable option — because it’s expensive and is often seen as protection against the cost of nursing home care.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Palliative care has been shown to increase patients’ satisfaction with the care they receive and to save on medical expenses. But despite dramatic growth in the number of hospitals providing such care over the last decade, full palliative care services remain unavailable to many patients.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized on safety by Medicare are still treacherous

While special focus status is one of the federal government’s strictest forms of oversight, nursing homes that were forced to undergo such scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care. Of 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, 52 percent have since harmed patients or put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors miss out on clinical trials

Seniors miss out on clinical trials

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040.  Yet seniors continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on Snapchat

Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on Snapchat

In the last year alone, employees of at least 18 nursing homes and assisted living facilities have posted unauthorized — and in some cases, vulgar and stomach-turning — photos and videos of residents on Snapchat and other social media platforms

June 28, 2017 | By | Reply More