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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, […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

5 Things To Know About Medicaid Work Requirements

June 14, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

The Trump administration’s decision in January to give states the power to impose work requirements on Medicaid enrollees faces a federal court hearing Friday. The lawsuit before the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., will determine whether tens of thousands […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

What the Future Holds for Older Adult Care

June 12, 2018

Via: The Caregiver Space

A generation that has lived exactly as it wanted to, and that has the means to pay for services it wants today, is set to alter various industries! As an increasing number of baby boomers approach their retirement age, senior […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

California Takes Steps To Increase Access To Anti-Overdose Medication

June 11, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

The California Department of Public Health issued a standing order for naloxone in a move geared toward helping parts of the state where there are physician shortages and treatment facilities often struggle to find a doctor who will write a […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

How Older Patients Can Dodge Pitfalls Entrenched In Health Care System

April 24, 2018

Via: The Caregiver Space

Being old and sick in America frequently means a doctor won’t ask you about troublesome concerns you deal with day to day — difficulty walking, dizziness, a leaky bladder, sleep disturbances, memory lapses and more. It means that if you’re […]