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Some hospitals now focus on preparing seniors for the risks and realities of surgical care.
Agencies sometimes turn away Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health problems by incorrectly claiming Medicare won’t pay their services, say patient advocates.
Experts provide tips for older patients and their caregivers to cope with the physical and mental declines associated with emergency room visits.
Increasingly, owners of nursing homes outsource services to companies in which they also have financial interest or control. That allows the nursing homes to claim to be in the red while owners reap hidden profits.
Medicare is discouraging regional offices from levying fines for “one-time mistakes” or from using daily fines that seek to put pressure on nursing homes to make changes.
A Kaiser Health News analysis of federal inspection records shows that nursing home inspectors labeled mistakes in infection control as serious for only 161 of the 12,056 homes they have cited since 2014.
For those confronting the string of losses that accompany frailty or serious illness, experts offer salves.
Patients are often aggressively screened for cancer, even if they won’t live long enough to benefit.
SuperAgers, men and women over age 80 with extraordinary memories, share a commitment to sustaining friendships.
Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions. But some doctors are trying to teach others about “deprescribing” or systematically discontinuing medicines that are inappropriate, duplicative or unnecessary.