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Healthcare Headlines Week of June 23, 2014

June 27, 2014

Healthcare_Headlines_6.23.14Can Soccer be Beneficial to Seniors?

Americans of all ages have enjoyed watching the World Cup on television, but a new study suggests that soccer training could have health benefits for men 60 and over. Read the story

Teaching Hospitals Marked for Readmissions Penalties

As penalties go into effect for hospitals with higher-than-expected readmissions rates, teaching hospitals are expected to fare particularly poorly, because they have higher complications rates for various reasons. Read the story

Senators Suggest a Tweak to Affordable Care Act

A small, bipartisan group of senators is suggesting that taking patients’ socioeconomic status into account when calculating readmissions penalties could undo what they feel is unfair penalizing of the hospitals that take care of the poorest patients. Read the story

Long-term Care Hospitals Serve an Important Need

Many people, even doctors, don’t know that long-term acute care hospitals exist, but these facilities serve an important need, when recovery at a short-term hospital proves elusive. Read the story

Study: Mentally Stimulating Activities Can Stave Off Dementia

By engaging in activities like reading and playing games by middle age, people may be able to stave off the development of dementia, according to new research. Read the story

Changes Coming for ACOs

A CMS official has indicated that a proposed rule addressing changes in the Accountable Care Organizations program is coming soon. Read the story

“Fundamental Shift” Underway in Senior Care

The senior living news has been dominated lately by stories of takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, and the developments reflect a sea change in the world of senior care and living brands. Read the story

Revolutionary Brain Surgery May Give Hope to the Paralyzed

A chip, implanted in the brain, has been shown to give a quadriplegic man the ability to move his hand. Read the story

The technology is gonna take brain activity from a tiny chip we’ve implanted in his brain and translate that activity to a message that muscles can understand, and then send those signals to the muscles and he’s gonna be able to open and close his hand — Engineer Chad Bouton

Advance Directive? Check. But Could it be Ignored?

Even when patients have advance directives, which give instructions about what treatments they want and don’t want at the end-of-life, their wishes sometimes go ignored because of confusion and misinformation. Read the story

Health Industry Leaders Push for More Data Sharing

Health industry leaders participating in a roundtable discussion at the House Energy and Commerce Committee advocated for more sharing of patient data but acknowledged privacy concerns. 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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