Overcrowding and chaos in traditional emergency rooms can harm seniors’ health. That’s prompting some hospitals to open ERs designed specifically for the elderly.
But the remaining uninsured are tough to reach.
Spending too much time in their hospital beds can leave older patients sicker than when they were first admitted.
Intensive training for such aides helps reduce repeated ER visits and hospitalizations of elderly disabled people, a pilot project suggests.
Some hospitals try to avoid sharp declines in the health of elderly patients by treating them in special units geared to their specific needs. This story is the first in a KHN series on the challenges hospitals face with an aging population.
Legislation that would allow nurse-midwives to practice independently is mired in a dispute about whether hospitals should be allowed to hire them.
Medi-Cal has become the payer of first resort for many Californians unable to afford the long-term care they need.
California is the first state to begin building an up-to-date database to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
A staunch advocate of taxing sugary drinks discusses the benefits and difficulties of enacting such policies.
La palabra “inmunización” evoca a la salud infantil. Ahora, los doctores de California están dirigiendo su atención a los adultos, quienes no han sido tan diligentes a la hora de recibir sus vacunas.
California’s leading physician organization is heading a drive to convince adults they need their vaccinations, too.
Zoom, a medical group and insurer, is targeting millennials in Oregon and Washington with quick, accessible care as well as fitness, yoga and cooking classes.
With “shared appointments,” patients can get more time with less-harried providers, enjoy mutual support and see better outcomes. But the approach has its skeptics.
Medi-Cal program provides vital services to HIV and AIDS patients, but providers say it doesn’t pay enough to allow them to serve everyone who needs it.
Health officials want shopping malls to be fitness centers for seniors. Level surfaces, a safe environment and plenty of places to stop and rest make an ideal place for walking.
Some say the usual methods — abstinence and therapy — may not be enough.
Even after the gas leak in Porter Ranch has been sealed, worries persist about the long-term health risks for residents.
Terminal patients and doctors prepare themselves for California’s new assisted suicide law, which takes effect June 9.
Recognizing the strong link between psychiatric and physical illnesses, providers across the country are integrating primary care into mental health clinics with the help of federal funding.
A UCLA course on aging teaches students about the physical, emotional and financial realities of growing old. Professors hope they will consider careers that serve the elderly.