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A critical shortage of home health care workers across the U.S. is denying care for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Medical experts around the country are rolling out instructional videos for family caregivers who need help with challenging medical tasks.
The first overhaul of federal regulations in almost 30 years for home health care agencies will require them to be much more responsive to what aging patients and their caregivers need or want.
Medi-Cal’s controversial program to go after your assets when you die will be significantly curtailed, but some enrollees could be hit by new claims.
Durante los últimos 20 años la demencia ha estado lentamente robando la memoria y la capacidad de pensar de Ruth Pérez. Su hija, Angela Bobo, recuerda cuándo le quedó claro que su madre nunca más sería la misma. Y cómo aprendió a cuidarla y a pedir ayuda.
People caring for someone at home often have zero training. Many learn on the fly, and some states are passing laws to make sure caregivers get at least basic instruction in home care.
A $15 minimum wage will almost double what many home care workers are paid but won’t solve other problems.
Nationwide, fewer than 10 percent of people who need kidney dialysis do it at home. But close to 40 percent of patients of a Montana doctor do it at home. Medicare is hoping it’s a trend.
A federally funded research project in Baltimore has potential to help aging-in-place efforts elsewhere, a study in Health Affairs reports.
A partnership between San Diego County and four health systems seeks to bridge the longstanding gap between hospitals and social services.
A pilot project in which doctors provide primary care at home for very frail Medicare beneficiaries saved $25 million in 2014, and nine of the 14 practices participating earned bonuses totaling nearly $12 million.
Bad coordination and communication can put patients at risk as they’re discharged from a hospital.
A market is emerging for products that enlist data and technology to identify patients who might be at risk for hospitalization or readmission.
Medicare offers star ratings of agencies’ quality and of patients’ perceptions, but often they don’t match up.
Stricter oversight is required to ensure employers comply with labor standards, says worker advocacy group.