In the News
Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016
The demand for family caregivers for adults who are 65 or older is increasing significantly, and family caregivers need more recognition, information, and support to fulfill their responsibilities and maintain their own health, financial security, and well-being according to Families Caring for an Aging America, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Although caregivers' individual circumstances vary, family caregiving can negatively affect caregivers' mental and physical health as well cause economic harm, including loss of income and career opportunities. The report calls for health care delivery system reform that elevates family-centered care alongside person-centered care to better account for the roles of family caregivers and support their involvement in the care delivery process.
Monday, Sep 26, 2016
REMEMBER when doctors made house calls?
Over the past decades, however, home care has been dwarfed by the significant shift of treatment to offices, clinics and hospitals. More than 50,000 practitioners work exclusively in hospitals, compared to about 5,000 doctors who make home-based visits to Medicare patients.
Monday, Sep 26, 2016
Is there a good reason for a senior not to get a vaccination? Shalowitz said: "The main reason they should not is allergy."
Shalowitz added: "Why don't they [get their shots]? The patients I have seen who refuse say they will get the flu or a cold from the shot. There can be a very mild reaction but that reason is not true and should not prevent people from getting immunized." Plainly put: it's commonly believed but it is a myth that the standard vaccinations will give you the disease itself. In just isn't true, said multiple sources.
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016
The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education announced the grant recipients for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program. An advisory council of national leaders in Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE), selected 16 recipients for funding. Each team is led by a graduate nursing program, and includes one or more professional schools and a community clinical setting. Funded programs will also receive technical assistance, expert, in-person and group consultation and resources from the National Center to accelerate their interprofessional education and collaboration efforts in community settings.
Monday, Sep 19, 2016
With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) is working as part of a coalition of organizations to improve Observation Status policy through advocacy and education. Observation Status is a designation used by hospitals to bill Medicare, resulting in patients being classified as outpatients rather than inpatients, which can make them ineligible for Medicare coverage of post-acute care and result in other out-of-pocket costs.
Monday, Sep 19, 2016
What’s next for U.S. health policy? As the country looks ahead to a new presidential administration, we face not only daunting challenges, but tremendous opportunities. To inform debate and decision making at this critical juncture, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) launched the Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative. Guided by an 18-member steering committee, the NAM commissioned expert papers on 19 priority focus areas for U.S. health policy, to be posted in prepublication form on Monday, September 19. Together, these papers represent the guidance of more than 100 leading researchers, scientists, and policy makers from across the United States. The Journal of the American Medical Assocation has also released a series of viewpoints presenting highlights from each of the 19 papers.
Friday, Sep 16, 2016
An important new papertitled "Patient-Centered Medical Homes and the Care of Older Adults: How comprehensive care coordination, community connections, and person-directed care can make a difference” provides a roadmap to guide primary care practices in how to enhance care for older, complex patients and their families. The paper was released by the Patient Centered Medical Home Network of The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative.
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016
Senior Program Officer, Amy Berman, will be featured in "A Quality Life" podcast series about living with terminal cancer and how choosing palliative care has played a key role in helping to restore control and achieve individual goals and aspirations. The new and free podcast series, is available on http://www.GetPalliativeCare.org, an online resource of the Center to Advance Palliative Care.