Older people are often given a huge number of medications, and many of them are unnecessary or even harmful.
The number of hospitalizations for stroke is rising quickly among young people, even as it drops across the U.S. population as a whole.
Overcrowding and chaos in traditional emergency rooms can harm seniors’ health. That’s prompting some hospitals to open ERs designed specifically for the elderly.
But the remaining uninsured are tough to reach.
Spending too much time in their hospital beds can leave older patients sicker than when they were first admitted.
Some hospitals try to avoid sharp declines in the health of elderly patients by treating them in special units geared to their specific needs.
Legislation that would allow nurse-midwives to practice independently is mired in a dispute about whether hospitals should be allowed to hire them.
Intensive training for such aides helps reduce repeated ER visits and hospitalizations of elderly disabled people, a pilot project suggests.
Medi-Cal has become the payer of first resort for many Californians unable to afford the long-term care they need.
Aetna and UnitedHealth seek to build up doctor networks before they start offering government-funded health plans to low-income residents of San Diego and Sacramento counties next year.