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Quiz: How Well Are You Paying Attention?

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To strengthen your core knowledge of health care policy, it helps to be a regular reader of Kaiser Health News. Here’s a pop quiz to gauge what you have learned.

Instances Of Elderly Abuse Rampant, HHS IG Investigators Find

KHN Morning Briefing

Investigators in the the Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Office have been auditing cases of abuse in nursing homes. They issued an “early alert” on their finding because the situation was so dire.

Standard Advice On Finishing Antibiotics Is Being Challenged By Disease Experts

KHN Morning Briefing

The infectious disease specialists are making the case that taking the drugs once they are not needed may be helping lead to antibiotic resistance. In other public health news, some big-name companies are working to destigmatize mental health problems, Amazon recalls some solar eclipse glasses, music may help some dementia patients and articles on the benefits of work and alcohol.

Jump-Starting Hard Conversations As The End Nears

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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.