Pan-American countries gather to discuss varying cultural, political, and economic experiences and challenges of new and existing strategies for long-term care.
Since October 2012, the Medicare program has penalized hospitals when too many patients in traditional Medicare are re-hospitalized within a month of discharge. This policy appears to be having unintended consequences for patients in Medicare and in the commercial market.
Starting immediately, the federal government is making it harder for nursing homes to get top grades on a public report card, in part by increasing scrutiny of their use of antipsychotic drugs and raising the bar on an array of quality measures.
Is your hospital being penalized for providing care that falls short of what Medicare thinks it should be? Measures range from nighttime noise to following basic clinical standards of care.
When Cathy Greenblat was in her 20s, her grandmother and grandfather had Alzheimer's. "I bought society's message that nothing could be done but keep them safe," she says. Years later, when Greenblat's mother developed the disease, she realized that lots more could be done.
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