Dually Noted from around the web

August 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

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

More on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
Last week’s 50th anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare inspired many to assess the legacies of these programs and project where they are headed next, including Commonwealth Care Alliance’s CEO Robert Master, MD, here on Dually Noted.

Here are a few more pieces on the anniversary you may have missed:

  • An article on NPR’s website states that Medicare patients are living longer and spending less on hospital stays.
  • Kaiser Health News looks at five challenges facing Medicaid: controlling costs, expanding income eligibility, increasing access to clinicians, better oversight of managed care, and meeting the demand for long-term care.
  • US News & World Report examines the politics of Medicare and Medicare, stating that the lesson of these programs is that “that government can do big things and succeed in massive projects if officials stick to their guns, offer effective leadership, nurture public support and take advantage immediately when the public mood shifts in their direction.”

Talking about “falls” with seniors
According to experts, some 30% of falls “result in cuts, broken bones, head trauma, or other serious injuries requiring trips to the emergency department” for seniors. And, statistics show, the death rate for seniors who fall has gone up in recent years. With this in mind, an essay in Forbes calls for falls to be a necessary part of doctor-patient conversations and for an increased focus nationally on fall risks and prevention.

Senate approves enhanced hospital rights for Medicare recipients
Last week, the US Senate approved the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE), which would require hospitals “to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but have not been admitted to the hospital.” The law, which passed the House in March and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama, has significant financial implications for seniors.

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