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January 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

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

Major changes for Medicare in 2016
To better balance cost, quality, and access, Medicare will undergo some major changes in 2016. For example, Medicare will begin paying clinicians who provide end-of-life counseling, expand the number of beneficiaries in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), cover hip and knee replacements in a limited number of markets, and allow terminally ill patients to receive hospice services while still receiving treatment.

California requires hospital/caregiver collaboration
With the aim of improving health and reducing readmissions, a new California law requires collaboration between hospitals and family caregivers during the hospitalization and discharge process. By law, California hospitals must “give patients an opportunity to identify a caregiver, notify that caregiver when the patient is to be discharged, and provide information and instruction on the patient’s needs and medications following the hospitalization.”

Sleep research could lead to Alzheimer’s treatment
Research suggests that lack of sleep may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies on animals have found that, during sleep, a process takes place that clears out toxins in the brain, including the toxins that form Alzheimer’s plaques. These findings are encouraging for researchers, who have long known that sleep disorders are common among Alzheimer’s patients.

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