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That ‘Living Will’ you signed? At the ER, it could be open to interpretation

June 20th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Quality Care

By Judith Graham | Kaiser Health News “Don’t resuscitate this patient; he has a living will,” the nurse told Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy, handing her a document. Williams-Murphy looked at the sheet bearing the signature of the unconscious 78-year-old man, who’d been rushed from a nursing home to the emergency room. “Do everything possible,” it read, withRead More

New legislation seeks telehealth expansion, home care demo extension

April 17th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage, Long-Term Care, Quality Care

While there are still questions on when or if lawmakers will find a repeal-and-replace plan for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will pass muster with legislators and voters, there are other developments that could provide some help for patients: Senate bill aims to unlock telehealth services Providers may see expanded opportunity to connect withRead More

Navigating Aging: Project creates playbook for managing problems in the last chapter of life

March 14th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Patient Tools, Quality Care, Uncategorized

By Judith Graham | Kaiser Health News CHICAGO — At least once a day, Dr. Lee Ann Lindquist gets an urgent phone call. “Mom fell and is in the hospital,” a concerned middle-aged son might report. “Dad got lost with the car, and we need to stop him from driving,” a distraught middle-aged daughter may explain.Read More

New patients’ rights requirements, rule changes may help clients in need of services

January 17th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Quality Care, Uncategorized

Recent announcements from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could help make getting care for your clients a little easier, including the possibility that providers can offer transportation to and from appointments, benefits to financially needy patients and new requirements for clear instructions to patients who require home health services. Providers can nowRead More

CMS must provide better education in the wake of maintenance therapy settlement

September 20th, 2016 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage, Long-Term Care

If you are having problems getting home health agencies or other providers to approve maintenance therapy for patients for fear CMS will deny coverage, help could be on the way. A judge has ordered CMS to do a better job educating home health agencies and other providers about maintenance therapy coverage for patients. A U.S.Read More

Elderly patients in the hospital need to keep moving

August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Clinical Trends, Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Quality Care

By Anna Gorman / Kaiser Health News BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter. Terri Middlebrooks, a nurse at the hospital, tried to figure out how active the 92-year-old Atkins was before theRead More

Hospitals required to keep caregivers in the loop

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Advocacy Stories, Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care

By Anna Gorman  Kaiser Health News GLENDALE, Calif. – Diana Matsushima cares for both her husband and sister-in-law full time, giving them their medications and driving them to their doctor appointments. But when either ends up hospitalized, Matsushima said her role as their primary caregiver is often overlooked. She isn’t always included in the discussionsRead More

In caring for sickest infants, doctors tap parents for tough calls

November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Advocacy Stories, Clinical Trends, Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Quality Care

By Jenny Gold / Kaiser Health News PALO ALTO, Calif. — Dr. William Benitz walked past the rows of clear plastic isolettes in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. There’s little room to navigate — the space is jam-packed with the beeping machines, ventilators and nurses, who can care forRead More

Decoding Your Diagnosis: Psychiatrists Unveil Plain-English Guide For Patients

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Long-Term Care

As mental health professionals, policy makers and advocates focus on taking steps to mend the fragmented mental health care system, the role of patients and their friends and families is sometimes overlooked. That’s why the American Psychiatric Association is releasing a first-of-its-kind book to decode in plain English the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – a guide forRead More