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Medicare’s Observation Care Policy More Likely To Affect Low-Income Seniors

KHN Morning Briefing

A new study finds that low-income patients are more likely to be kept in the hospital under observation, and the higher out-of-pocket spending that accompanies not being officially admitted is a bigger burden for them. Also in the news, long-term care hospitals are pressing Medicare for a change that may cut their reimbursement rates.

Special Cells In Small Part Of Brain May Be A Primary Culprit Behind Aging

KHN Morning Briefing

“This is a really important study … in the field of aging research,” Dr. Shin-Ichiro Imai, professor of developmental biology at Washington University in St. Louis, says of new findings on the role played by the hypothalamus. And today’s other’s public health stories report developments on brain cancer, editing embryo genomes, hospitals’ Yelp reviews, the opioid crisis and tainted water.

Jump-Starting Hard Conversations As The End Nears

KHN Original

An end-of life-planning website can encourage patients to tackle that difficult topic before they become too ill to communicate, according to a new study. But they may be more likely to make concrete plans with help from a doctor or social worker.