Dually Noted from around the web

June 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Rep. Sánchez on “Tackling Medicaid in Massachusetts”
Writing for the Health Affairs blog, MA Health Care Financing Committee co-chair Representative Jeffrey Sánchez discusses the challenges facing MassHealth. In excerpts presented on the Healthcare for All blog, Sánchez reasserts the importance of MassHealth to the state’s citizens and examines ways to reform care delivery and payment. For Sánchez, “real-time data and on-going communication between providers, payers, patients, and policymakers are essential for successful adoption of delivery and payment innovations.”

For some seniors, independence means isolation
Although many seniors prefer living at home to moving to assisted living facilities, a report in JAMA Internal Medicine found that some two million people over age 65 rarely or never leave their homes. This isolation can lead to physical problems and mental health issues, such as depression. As a result, some have called for increased support services for homebound seniors.

Senator questions Alzheimer’s supplements
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has contacted 15 major retailers concerning their sale of “fraudulent and potentially dangerous supplements” that claim to protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia. McCaskill said these products make outrageous claims about their effectiveness and take advantage of vulnerable individuals.

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