home health care

Families Must Provide More Medical Care At Home, But With Little Training

More than ever, family members are required to play a major role in caring for their loved ones. But they are being asked to do increasingly complex medical tasks with little or no training. The result: Greater risk to patients and enormous avoidable stress for those family caregivers. A new study attempts to identify the barriers to good caregiver training. [...]

By |2022-05-23T11:53:03-04:00May 23rd, 2022|family caregivers|0 Comments

Biden’s Plan To Expand Broadband Will Be A Huge Help To Older Adults

On Monday, President Biden announced a deal with 20 Internet service providers, such as AT&T and Comcast, to provide high-speed broadband  to low-income households for no more than $30-a-month. That’s less than half the average 2021 cost of $61 and far less in many areas. That initiative, and an even bigger companion program to build out broadband in communities that [...]

By |2022-05-12T11:14:07-04:00May 12th, 2022|Health Care|0 Comments

Are Critics of Private Equity Nursing Home Ownership Living In The Past?

It has become popular among many Democrats to call for investigations of nursing home ownership by private equity firms. But industry experts tell me that, increasingly, big investors in senior services are abandoning nursing facilities in favor of the far more lucrative home health business and, in some cases, private-pay senior housing. And the shift isn’t just happening with private [...]

By |2022-04-27T15:01:16-04:00April 27th, 2022|nursing homes, Uncategorized|1 Comment

How Nursing Home Staff Shortages Are Hurting Hospital Care

By now, you’ve probably heard about the desperate shortage of nurses and aides in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. This workforce crisis not only hurts their residents, it also is creating severe backups in hospitals, putting both patients and the facilities themselves at risk and increasing health care costs. As those staffing shortages course through the entire health care [...]

By |2022-02-17T12:00:01-05:00February 17th, 2022|Health Care|0 Comments

Home Care Agencies And Workers Are The Next Ground Zero For COVID-19

Nursing homes and other senior living facilities are not the only places where COVID-19 is creating a health care crisis for frail older adults and their care providers. The other setting at risk: private homes, where the vast majority of older adults get both personal and post-acute care.  And the pandemic is creating enormous challenges for those seniors, their families, [...]

By |2020-04-16T14:04:43-04:00April 16th, 2020|aging in place|5 Comments

Is Medicare’s New PDGM Home Care Payment Making It Harder To Get Physical Therapy?

No, PDGM is not a new disease. It is, instead, the way Medicare now pays for home health care. Shorthand for The Patient-Driven Groupings Model, PDGM is the Trump Administration’s latest effort to reduce Medicare costs. And it appears to be making it much harder for some patients living at home to receive occupational, physical, and speech therapy. PDGM is [...]

By |2020-02-14T10:22:54-05:00February 14th, 2020|Medicare|1 Comment

Getting Post-Acute Care At Home Saves Money But May Not Better Than A Skilled Nursing Facility

Patient advocates really, really want to believe that people discharged from a hospital are better off getting additional medical care and rehab at home than in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). But an important new study of 17 million Medicare claims over seven years tells a more ambiguous story. The study found that post-acute care at home resulted in significantly [...]

By |2019-03-20T15:51:26-04:00March 20th, 2019|Medicare|0 Comments

Medicare’s (Small) Step To Encourage Remote Monitoring For Seniors Living At Home

The Trump Administration has taken a modest step towards expanding the use of remote monitors to track blood pressure and other vital signs for Medicare recipients living at home. While there is little evidence so far that remote monitoring improves health outcomes, advocates for seniors as well as device manufacturers believe the tools can make it more likely that frail [...]

By |2018-07-13T09:33:37-04:00July 13th, 2018|Medicare, Technology|0 Comments

How Teamwork Across the Health System Can Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital

Broad-based, integrated, community-wide initiatives can help keep seniors out of the hospital, says an important new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, done by a team led by Dr. Joanne Lynn of the Altarum Institute’s Center on Elder Care and Advanced Illness is new evidence that by working together, hospitals, physicians, social workers, nursing homes, [...]

Medicare Settlement Does Not Expand Long-Term Care Benefits

Last week, Medicare agreed to expand its skilled nursing care and rehabilitation therapy benefit for some people with chronic disease, including many elderly. This added care, which came in a settlement of a lawsuit brought by a Vermont woman named Glenda Jimmo, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and others is potentially very important for some Medicare beneficiaries. But the settlement [...]

By |2012-10-31T21:57:40-04:00October 31st, 2012|Aging, Health Care, Medicare, nursing homes|0 Comments