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Health & Insurance, Social Services

New Legislation About Drug Trials Offers Hope For Children With Incurable Cancers

January 16, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

The U.S. is set to begin testing drugs on children, a step researchers say many drugmakers skipped because it was risky and costly. “It is an incredibly exciting time,” said Crystal Mackall, a pediatric-cancer researcher. “We have lots of drug […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

16 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card

January 2, 2019

Via: The Caregiver Space

Since April, the government has been rolling out new Medicare cards to almost 60 million seniors enrolled in the program. The year-long effort seems to be going well, helped in part by a government marketing effort to get the word […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Transitioning From 24-Hour Care to Live-In Care

December 7, 2018

Via: The Caregiver Space

Making care decisions for elderly parents or loved ones can be difficult, especially since so many factors influence care — from personal preference to location to health requirements. Professional caregivers provide a wide range of services, including 24-hour care and […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Vaccination Exemptions Threaten ‘Decades Of Progress’ As Measles Cases Surge Worldwide

November 30, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

The number of officially reported measles cases in 2017 totaled 173,330, the report said, 31 percent higher than levels in 2016. In other public health news: suicide, depression, shingles, schizophrenia, stomach bugs, strokes, palliative care, and more. Reported cases of […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

10 Steps to Get Your Parents the Best Medicare Coverage

November 7, 2018

Via: The Caregiver Space

Learning about Medicare options is confusing enough when someone turns 65. It can be even more trying for caregivers who have to pick up the pieces where their parents left off. Having helped dozens of caregivers with their parents Medicare […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Is health care a luxury or a necessity?

October 25, 2018

Via: Healthcare Economist

I ask this question in economic terms. Luxury goods are defined as goods that increase as a share of a person’s (or country’s) budget as income increases; necessity goods are defined as goods that decrease as a share of a […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Medicare Eases Readmission Penalties Against Safety-Net Hospitals

September 26, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

On orders from Congress, Medicare is easing up on its annual readmission penalties on hundreds of hospitals serving the most low-income residents, records released last week show. Since 2012, Medicare has punished hospitals for having too many patients end up […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Flu Shots Are Ready, But Waiting A Couple Weeks Will Offer Better Protection Through Peak Period

August 21, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

While the CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone older than 6 months, when to get a flu shot is always a guessing game. Getting the vaccine too early — it’s showing up in stores now — might mean you […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospitals Scramble To Find Alternatives To Medications As Drug Shortages Persist

July 2, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

Hospitals and ER departments nationwide are coming up short when they need drugs such as morphine. “So many substances are short, and we’re dancing every shift,” said Dr. James Augustine, a doctor in Cincinnati.” In other public health news: palliative […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

As Medicaid Costs Soar, States Try A New Approach

June 15, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

MINNEAPOLIS — Sandy Dowland has been to the emergency room 10 times in the past year and was hospitalized during four of those visits. She has had a toe amputated and suffers from uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, major depression, […]