I am writing a follow-up post to the blog Megan Golles authored concerning poverty in older adults. Currently, the presidential debates have focused on Medicare and Social Security as hot topics for boomers heading into retirement who want to make sure they settle down with enough. Likewise, my last post touched on healthcare savings for seniors under the Affordable Care Act. Today the […]
Last Thursday, June 28th, 2012, the Roberts court ruled 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the 2010 health care reform legislation that brings health insurance to another 30 million Americans. While the legality of the legislation was challenged on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, most health care analysts are beginning to answer the what now? […]
“When Long Term Care Meets Long Term Conflict: An interdisciplinary approach to resolving disputes in long term care settings” Please join us Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a panel discussion at our monthly Chicago Bridge event. Our distinguished panelists: Joan Barris, LCSW, LNHA Executive Director, Sunrise of Highland Park […]
The assumption is that when an individual is admitted to the hospital, he or she is automatically considered a patient. As it turns out, this is not necessarily the case. Increasingly, hospitals are admitting people under what is referred to as observation status. By definition, observation status is the period during which a doctor decides […]
For anyone who has worked directly with people living with a dementia diagnosis, you are probably familiar with the oftentimes unpredictable behavioral changes associated with the illness. Non-pharmacologic interventions should always be promoted as the first line of action in reducing dementia-related behaviors. Some studies have found antipsychotics medications to be helpful in managing potentially harmful behaviors in older adults with dementia. Are these drugs harmful? What are the risks? What are the benefits?
Unfortunately for Congress, the political atmosphere at the close of 2011 created considerable policy uncertainty for 2012. Most notably, the inability of our legislators to reach agreement on how to maintain current physician Medicare reimbursement rates will force this issue to resurface – now. Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians were meant to receive a devastating 27 percent slash in 2012; however, a last-minute resolution passed by the House in December extends existing rates until the end of February. With the deadline less than a month away, Washington has some important work ahead of it.