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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 guidelines boost diabetes screening for overweight adults

December 14th, 2015 | Posted in Clinical Trends, Consumer Focus, Patient Tools, Quality Care

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News More people who are overweight or obese may get screened for diabetes under new guidelines released this week by a panel of prevention experts. Those whose blood sugar is higher than normal now can be referred to nutrition and exercise counseling without paying anything out of pocket for it. “ObesityRead More

New tools designed to help cancer patients evaluate value of treatments

October 20th, 2015 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Patient Tools, Recent Posts

A variety of tools are now available or under development to help cancer patients and their caregivers evaluate available treatments, drug therapies and their associated costs. Some will be more explicit about costs while others focus more on health benefits. For instance, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) announced a new tool in mid-October designedRead More

Navigate radiation therapy safely with this dedicated guide

September 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Patient Tools

Radiation therapy is an exhausting and debilitating treatment for patients to endure, one that often requires changes in the patient’s day-to-day life. It is likely that patients will have a variety of questions about the process, including safety concerns, side effects and precautions to take during treatment. The National Cancer Institute at the National InstitutesRead More

Administer Medication Safely with These Safety Guidelines

August 19th, 2014 | Posted in Patient Tools

As a lack of medication adherence continues to contribute to avoidable health care costs each year, medication education has become a focus for providers — to keep patients from unintentionally harming themselves and to prevent unplanned return visits to the hospital or ED. ConsumerMedSafety.org features a repository of tools, articles and resources designed for consumers,Read More