Monthly Archives: January 2014

Healthcare News Round-Up Vol. 6

  These are the healthcare news headlines that grabbed our attention. There is a lot going on in the post-acute industry. We’d love to hear your opinion about these stories in the comments. Congress Considering Trimming Some Medicare Costs National Journal reports that Congress “is getting serious about changes to Medicare,” specifically Medicare extenders. The Journal describes extenders as “tacked-on money that Congress has to approve annually to fund the program’s coverage for beneficiaries with chronic and debilitating conditions.” The article describes several proposed funding changes to extenders under consideration by either the Senate Finance Committee or the Medicare Payment … Continue reading

Avamere at Bethany Staff and Friends Celebrate Resident’s 102nd Birthday – Honor Her Life and Achievements

Staff and residents of Avamere at Bethany – an independent senior living campus – are excited to celebrate the 102nd Birthday of Helen Roberson this Sunday. Helen’s loving multi-generational family and members of the surrounding community will join in celebrating her special day. “I have had a very rewarding life; blessed with a loving husband for 70 years, busy raising my five children, caring for the grandchildren, sharing my faith with many people and doing my best to show love and concern for everyone that comes into my life,” says Helen. Born Helen Edna Milard on January 18, 1912, her … Continue reading

Healthcare News Round-Up Vol. 5

Here is the weekly round-up of healthcare news headlines. Do any of these topics resonate with you? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments. CMS Issues New Requirements For States Hoping For Medicaid Funds Provider Magazine reported that the Obama Administration announced that a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule will require states to develop “person-centered care plans” to receive access to Medicaid funds for home- and community-based services in an effort to “address health and long-term services and support needs in a manner that reflects individual preferences and goals.” According to a fact sheet issued … Continue reading

Home Health agency shrinks readmission rates with PLACES tool

December 5, 2013 Jan O’Dell Customizing a widely used tool for risk assessment enabled Signature Home Health to pursue a successful new approach to care coordination for high-risk patients. Home health agencies provide a variety of in-home services, from nursing care to physical therapy. Many home-health patients have serious or multiple illnesses, increasing the odds that they will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. [Read Full Article]

Healthcare News Round-Up Vol. 4

Here is your weekly dose of important senior health news headlines Click the headline to read the full story. ______________________________________________________________ Low Testosterone, Depression May Make It Easier For Elderly Men To Fall Provider Magazine reports that according to a team of Japanese researchers, “low testosterone and depression each may make it easier for elderly men to fall.” Noriaki Kurita of Kyoto University wrote, “We believe that our findings here will influence the activities of physicians and health policymakers for several reasons.” _______________________________________________________________ More Senior Caregivers Helping Other Seniors The AP reports that “as demand for senior services provided by nurses’ … Continue reading