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Long Term Care for Seniors – A Financial Guide for Residents & Families Christina Morales

March 12th, 2015 | 1

Long Term CareHealth care debates continue to linger on in televised newscasts and in newspaper articles. Regardless of which side you are on, there is one thing that everyone can agree upon: health care is expensive. One of the biggest stressors of growing older is the financial burden that many seniors unfortunately face.

What are your options for paying for long term care?

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How Will The Affordable Care Act Help The Elderly? Christy Rakoczy

November 5th, 2013 | 0

The-Affordable-Care-Act -And-The-ElderlyThe Affordable Care Act has been the topic of much discussion by many groups in the United States, including seniors. It is important to understand the act to know how the new health care system will work. There are many ways in which the Affordable Care Act will benefit the elderly.

Those who are on Medicare will have access to myriad services and products at no cost. Screenings for cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, flu shots, and stop-smoking counseling are just a few of the services that require no payment from Medicare recipients.

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Long-Term Care: The Crisis Nobody Talks About (Guest Post) Daniel Gaitan

July 24th, 2013 | 1

ObamaSpeachThe U.S. is running out of time to remedy its long-term health care crisis, Dr. Bruce Chernof, chairman of the Federal Commission on Long-term Care, told Chicago’s NPR affiliate. As long-term care insurance dries up and becomes more expensive, millions of baby boomers must begin planning now for uncertain futures.

“It’s important to recognize that we are going to age differently than our grandparents did,” Chernof said, “because 70 percent of folks over the age of 65 will need, on average, about three years of long-term services and support.” Twenty percent will need five years or more. Planning is vital because federal benefits will most likely be scarce; such care is not covered through standard health insurance and is not a prominent portion of Medicare or Medicaid.

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Medicare Funding at Risk of Being Drastically Reduced: What Does This Mean for the Rest of Us? Blake Pappas

July 17th, 2013 | 0

HEARTMedicare and Medicaid are two of the largest expenses the federal government undertakes. Due to this, these are often areas that receive some sort of cut when a financial crisis occurs. Currently, there are benefits that are being cut by the Obama administration in order to help reduce the national deficit. These cuts are going to affect individuals who are currently using Medicare, so if you or someone you know and love receives benefits from Medicare, there are a few different altering adjustments you need to be made aware of. This way you can try your best to plan accordingly.

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Understanding The HCAHPS Christy Rakoczy

February 22nd, 2013 | 0

HCAHPSHealth care is a hot topic, and hospitals must pay increasing attention to something called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS).  Pronounced H-Caps, this assessment is given to random eligible patients after they are discharged, and the patients’ responses are used to establish ratings for the hospitals.  These ratings are released to the public four times a year.

The HCAHPS Requirement

In 2002, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began working with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to create and test the survey before it went into public use.  Both agencies are in the federal Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Continuing Care Coordinators Need to Provide Choice for Patients Christy Rakoczy

December 7th, 2012 | 0

ChoiceDoctors and hospitals have certain obligations to provide competent care to patients. This duty of care does not end at the hospital doors. When a patient is discharged, the hospital/healthcare provider has a responsibility to ensure that any discharge plan is made in the best interests of the patient and takes into account the medical needs of the patient. Everyone, from the treating physician to the discharge planner, must take certain steps to ensure that the goals of providing competent care are met even once the patient has left. 

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Care Services in a Skilled Nursing Facility Covered by Medicare and Medicaid Amy Barlow

November 5th, 2012 | 0

MedicalCostsAccording to researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, health-care costs during the last 5 years of life exceed patient’s total assets for 25 percent of the Medicare population. This is because although Medicare provides a significant amount of health care coverage, it does not cover co-payments, deductibles, homecare services, or non-rehabilitative nursing home care.

This shows just how important it is to ensure that patients make full use of their Medicare and Medicaid covered services. The care coverage in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF’s) varies between Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. The task of sorting through various websites and insurance paperwork to figure out your eligibility for these services can be a challenging task.

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4 Discharge Tactics To Reduce Senior Readmissions Justin Usher

October 26th, 2012 | 0

ReAdmission_2This post originally appeared here: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/4-discharge-tactics-reduce-senior-readmissions and was published by Healthcare Finance News.

In light of the recent Readmissions Reduction Program under the Affordable Care Act, numerous hospitals and medical industry experts are examining new approaches that will decrease the rate of hospital readmissions.



“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates $15 billion is spent annually on readmissions for Medicare patients, with $12 billion of that amount being preventable,” said Jeff Huber, president and COO of Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors. “This is an issue of significant concern to everyone in the healthcare field. There are a number of simple and cost efficient best practices that healthcare organizations can easily implement as they work to decrease the number of unnecessary senior readmissions.”



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