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What Put the Brakes on Medicare Spending?

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe Holy Grail in battles over the federal budget has been how to slow down the runaway train of health care spending. So it surely comes as good news that spending on traditional Medicare has slowed substantially, as a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study shows, and not just because of the broader economic slowdown. For 25 years, spending on traditional Medicare rose, on average, 8 percent a year. Then, from 2007 to 2012, the increase slowed to an average annual …

Find Out Whether Your Hospital Has Too Many Readmissions

Posted on 08/6/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIs your hospital’s revolving door turning too quickly? Each year, more than a million Americans wind up back in the hospital within 30 days after leaving for reasons that could have been prevented. That includes one in five Medicare hospital patients. Medicare has begun penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates for patients being treated for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia — new categories will be added in the future — and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) …

A Caregiver’s Hospital Survival Kit: 20 Must-Have Items

Posted on 04/17/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIn the past year, I’ve spent close to 40 overnights in the hospital with my parents, plus roughly 10 emergency room visits with them. I dislike going to hospitals … a lot. I think I’ve developed some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder around hospital visits. I find that I am great in the moment and deal with crises easily, but afterwards I am exhausted and when the time comes to venture off to the hospital again I tense up, feel a sense of …

Older Workers, Take Heart; Employers, Take Note

Posted on 02/22/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkI love seeing people who love their jobs  – especially since many consider themselves lucky just to have a job in this tough economy. A short segment from CNNMoney paints a hopeful and heartening picture…and not just for older workers. Know how some people light up when they talk about their work? Nurse Ann Doshi of Atlantic Health System, who teaches new Operating Room nurses the intricacies of the O.R., definitely lights up. After you watch the clip below, you’ll probably agree that Ann would …

Dementia Patients Over 65 More Likely To Be Hospitalized

Posted on 01/12/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSeniors with dementia are more likely to be hospitalized for illnesses that could have been prevented or treated with better outpatient care, a new study has found. In the study, which followed 3,091 adults age 65 or older for eight years, researchers found that the 427 seniors who developed dementia had roughly twice the annual hospitalization rate of participants without dementia. Overall, 86 percent of seniors with dementia went to the hospital at least once compared with only 59 percent of …

Medicare Patients: Harmed By Unreported Hospital Errors, Report Finds

Posted on 01/6/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAn alarming new federal study finds that hospital employees report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other mix-ups that harm Medicare patients while they are hospitalized. The New York Times reports that even after hospitals investigate preventable injuries and infections that have been reported, they rarely change their practices to prevent these problems from happening again, according to the study by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Of the 293 cases in which patients had been …