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Are Medicare Cost Containment Strategies Working?

Trends in hospital inpatient stays (2005-2014) show they are. Between 2005 and 2014, the inflation-adjusted mean cost per inpatient stay increased by 12.7 percent, from $9,500 to $10,900. Inflation-adjusted cost per stay for patients covered by private insurance or Medicaid increased

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Posted in Hospital Care

Where You Were Born Increases Chances of Cardiac Death and Dementia

Birthplace linked to higher cardiac mortality & dementia risk. Those born in high stroke-mortality states (the so-called stroke belt) in the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia, are much more likely to develop dementia,

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“Against Medical Advice” Discharges Flummox Doctors, Patients And Families

Patients, Families & Healthcare Professional At Odds “AMA discharges” — patients who leave the ER or hospital “against medical advice” —  have long been a source of consternation in the hospital, the ER and with families who’s loved one is not able

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Posted in Healthcare Advocacy, Hospital Care

Nursing Home Quality vs. Lower Healthcare Costs

Quality And Cost Concerns Collide With Efforts To Lower Overall Healthcare Costs Burden Will Fall On Families With Elderly Parents The efforts to contain the health cost curve is really about controlling the cost of post-acute care.  Half of post-acute Medicare

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Posted in Elder Care, Healthcare Advocacy, Healthcare Legislation

How To Choose the Right Care at the Right Price

Understanding each type of service will save headaches and money. There are several kinds of agencies and facilities to consider when choosing the best options for a loved one.  It’s helpful to understand what style of care works best for families at different stages of the caregiving journey.   This

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Posted in Agencies & Facilities, Elder Care

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