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Healthcare Headlines Week of June 9, 2014

June 14, 2014

Healthcare_Headlines_6.9.14Red Tape Holds up Medicaid Applications

Six million people have gained Medicaid coverage since September, largely thanks to the Affordable Care Act, but a backlog of applications is holding up the processing for many. Read the story

Readmissions Causes Continue to Confound

Even when hospital staff do everything “right,” the return of some patients is sometimes inevitable. This blog post muses over the reasons why and how we can change our thinking to try to do better. Read the story

Hospitals’ efforts to eliminate some of their worst habits have indeed led to modest improvements. (For comic relief, it should be noted that a few of these strategies backfired and raised readmission rates, possibly because they helped outpatient providers see clearly just how sick their discharged patients were.)

Directors of Nursing Discuss Top Issues

At the annual National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care meeting, attendees discussed the top issues they face, which include pain management at end-of-life, antipsychotic use in dementia patients and medication for epileptic patients. Read the story

Do End-of-Life Wishes Belong in Medical Record?

A study done in Oregon, using the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) program, demonstrated that when patients’ end-of-life wishes are communicated in their medical records as instructions, they are more likely to be followed. Read the story

Study Tests Drug Potentially Protective Against Alzheimer’s

A major study has just gotten underway to see if an experimental drug can protect the brains of healthy seniors who have markers indicating they may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Read the story

ACA Provides Greater Job Flexibility

The Affordable Care Act, which allows the uncoupling of employment and health insurance, may lead to greater job flexibility, according to this article. Read the story

Government Arms Have Differing Opinions on Painkillers

The party line on painkillers varies between different areas of the federal government, from the White House’s position that overuse of opioids is a national “epidemic” to the CDC’s stance that the onus is largely on doctors to scale back the prescription of such drugs. Read the story

Bill Supports Development of New Antibiotics

The Antibiotic Development to Advance Patient Treatment (ADAPT) Act would provide more incentives to drugmakers to develop new antibiotics. Read the story

Nearly One-Tenth of Americans Have Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9.3 % of Americans have diabetes, a number that is up from last year. Read the story

Hispanics Worry About Long-Term Care, but Don’t Want to Discuss it

According to a new poll, Hispanics in California are more worried about long-term care than other ethnic groups, but they are hesitant to talk about it or plan for it. Read the story


Opinions expressed in any of the included stories or their publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Kindred Healthcare and this blog post is a compilation of news stories from other sources that have appeared during the past week.


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