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More Doctors Accepting New Medicare Patients

Posted on 08/27/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt’s getting easier — not more difficult — to find doctors who take Medicare, according to a new study by the Department of Health and Human Services. Doctors have long complained about Medicare’s payment caps and the instability of a reimbursement system that forces cuts each year unless Congress intervenes to prevent them. Nonetheless, the HHS study says that the number of physicians accepting new Medicare patients is actually higher than the number taking new private insurance patients, according to …

Sex, Alzheimer’s and Boomers: Trouble for Nursing Homes

Posted on 08/7/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayRomance — for many, it’s one of life’s great pleasures. But for those living in a nursing home sex can get a bit more complicated. Having Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia calls into question whether the individuals involved have the ability to give legal consent. Nursing homes regularly struggle to make that call, and this problem will only grow worse as the number of older Americans grows as the the boomer generation joins their ranks. Related: Sex and …

Is Your Doctor a 10? Medicare Site Takes Next Step Toward Ranking Providers

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Medicare Thursday added new features to its Physician Compare website as it prepares to start including quality data on thousands of doctors. The federal health care law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish performance data on doctors, including how patients rate them, how well the physicians’ medical interventions succeed and how well they follow clinical guidelines for basic care. The site has been up since 2010, but contained only basic …

40,000 Health Apps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on 06/19/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyChristine Porter is hooked on the My Fitness Pal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets. “This is like my main page here,” says Porter, who lost 42 pounds in nine months. “It’s telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want to record something I just click the ‘add to diary’ button. I’m on it all day either through my …

In a Disaster, Could an Electronic Health Record Save Your Life?

Posted on 05/28/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jenny Gold, Correspondent, Kaiser Health News Everyone expects a hospital to be ready to jump into action when disaster strikes. But what about when the disaster devastates the hospital itself? Turns out, it helps a lot to have an electronic medical record system in place. At least that was the case at Moore Medical Center in Oklahoma, a small hospital right in the path of the tornado that ripped through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday (see photo, right). Three-hundred …

Will Surprise Hospital Costs Be Outlawed?

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Susan Jaffe This Kaiser Health News story produced in collaboration with USA Today After Lois Frarie, a 93-year-old retired teacher from Monterey, Calif., spent four days at a local hospital while being treated for a broken elbow and pelvis, she went to a nearby nursing home to build up her strength. But her family was stunned to find out that they would have to pay thousands of dollars up front since two of the days she spent in the …