New Medicare Rules Should Help ‘High Need’ Patients Get Better Treatment
Medicare is launching new regulations in January that will provide higher reimbursements for doctors involved in care coordination for seriously ill people.
More Prisoners Die Of Old Age Behind Bars
New data show 4,980 inmate deaths in 2014, the most since counting began in 2001.
State Highlights: Ga. Autism Advocates Push To Increase Age Cap For Kids’ Insurance; Mass. Health Data Agency Cuts 65 Jobs
Outlets report on health news from Georgia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, California, Florida, Virginia and Missouri.
Slowing Down Hospital Discharge Requires Fast Action
Seniors who feel they’re being rushed out of the hospital can file an appeal to halt the process but they need to act fast.
How To Spend Your Final Months At Home, Sweet Home
Older adults who hope to spend the end of their lives at home need to take key steps to make that possible.
Massachusetts Study Finds Dying Patients Still Often End Up In Hospital, Rather Than At Home
The study by the state’s Health Policy Commission found that in patients’ last six months of life, Medicare spends more on hospital care than on any other health service. The New York Times explores the growing businesses geared to help consumers plan for end-of-life decisions.
Maverick AIDS Activist To Porn Police? The Man Behind California’s Proposition 60
Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation says he is promoting condoms where others have forgotten them.
Medicare Pilot Project Allows Patients To Have Hospice Care While Also Seeking Cures
The experiment is designed to encourage more beneficiaries with terminal diseases to use hospice care, which has been shown to improve the quality of life, even if they don’t want to give up on fighting their disease. Also, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell says Medicare will expand some of its alternative payment models.
Colorado Wrestles With Ethics Of Aid-In-Dying As Vote Looms
Proposition 106, on Colorado’s ballot next month, would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to people who have less than six months to live. A recent poll shows strong support for the measure.
Terminally Ill Patients Don’t Use Aid-In-Dying Laws To Relieve Pain
Ending pain and suffering has helped several states pass “right-to-die” laws, but dying patients are more concerned about controlling how they die and dying with dignity.
White House Mulls Limits For Well-Known Carcinogen In Chewing Tobacco
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says the chemical is one of the most troublesome cancer-causing agents in smokeless tobacco as well as in cigarette smoke. Meanwhile, California is tightening rules on a common pesticide because of its health risks, an extra screening for women with dense breast tissue may be needed and the National Institutes of Health faces congressional scrutiny over its funding of a World Health Organization cancer agency.
Medicare Releases New Detailed Analysis Of Spending On Hospice Care
According to the figures for 2014, Medicare spends $11,393 on average for each beneficiary for 70 days of care, Modern Healthcare reports. The numbers, however, vary by state. Also, The Hill reports on concerns about Medicare’s move to bundled payments.
Saying Goodbye, The Right Way
Twenty dying people, at peace with their mortality, shared their views on life, love and death with a Los Angeles artist for an exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance.
State Highlights: Minn. Striking Nurses Seek Meeting With Allina Board; Texas Nursing Home Patients Get Poor Care
Outlets report on health news from Minnesota, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee and California.