Archives: April 2009

Legislation to expand access to long-term care insurance introduced.

Legislation to expand access to long-term care insurance and strengthen consumer protections of these insurance products has been introduced in the House. The Long-Term Care Affordability and Security Act of 2009 would permit long-term care insurance to be included in employer-sponsored cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts, enabling people to...

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susan Boyle, Stereotypes and Ageism

Great article in the NYT about how people make judgments and rationalize them. We process information so quick that we size things up in nanoseconds. Interestingly the article notes this about ageism: AGE plays a role in forging stereotypes, too, with older people traditionally seen as ‰ÛÏharmless and useless,‰Û Professor...

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Poor Staff Communication Negatively Impacts Patient Care

A study, conducted by Zogby International and commissioned by Cisco, sheds new light on the heavy toll that poor staff communication takes on patient care. More than 250 practicing nurses were surveyed online. The primary issue identified in the survey of nurses centered on the opportunity to improve communications among...

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Intergenerational Programs in Nursing Homes Good for the Young and Old

The IsabellaGeriatricCenter in New York city has an innovative program, really a culture of connecting the generations. Their Project N.O.I.S.E.E. (Naturally Occurring Interactions in a Shared Environment Everyday) is an intergenerational program that grew out of a partnership formed between their on-site childcare center and their Therapeutic Recreation Department. Under...

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Medicare Advantage at a Disadvantage?

Facing five percent cuts and a watchful eye from the Obama administration, Medicare Advantage programs are starting to cry poor saying it could result in premium increases for beneficiaries. The Obama administration and Democrats have criticized the Republican-backed Medicare Advantage programs because they cost 14% more on average to care...

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Doctors Fleeing Medicare So Shop Around Before You Become Eligible

Following up from yesterday‰Ûªs post comes news that doctor‰Ûªs are fleeing Medicare. According to the New York Times, some physicians including internists and many specialists are no longer accepting Medicare, either because they have opted out of the insurance system or they are not accepting new patients with Medicare coverage....

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Hospital Deception – A Chilling Tale

This blog is worth a read and shows just how diligent you need to be in tracking your health care. This is a chilling account of how one hospital deposed a witness then falsified her testimony. Luckily this hospital deception was uncovered as she kept a copy of her original...

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