Chronic Conditions

Focus on nursing: Building relationships with the MS patient

Focus on nursing: Building relationships with the MS patient

Because of its chronic nature, MS patients sometimes need access to healthcare professionals beyond regular appointments. Those with mobility and disability issues may also find it challenging to get to their physician's office. MS One to One provides support to registered program members living with MS and their care partners.

Price increases, not a larger senior population, are responsible for exploding healthcare costs: analysts

Price increases, not a larger senior population, are responsible for exploding healthcare costs: analysts

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Escalating healthcare costs in the United States cannot be pinned on an aging population demanding more services for chronic conditions. Instead, higher costs are primarily the result of price increases, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Gulf Coast receives highest Medicare payouts for post-acute care, CMS national databank shows

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States around the Gulf of Mexico and in the Rust Belt face the highest post-acute care costs in the nation, according to Medicare data released Monday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Administration proposal would ease Medicare coverage for SNF stays

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Federal health officials have agreed to changes in Medicare coverage rules that would make it easier for beneficiaries with chronic conditions to qualify for nursing home stays, outpatient therapy and home healthcare services, according to reports.

States should have strong oversight over Medicaid managed care programs, report asserts

States should have strong oversight over Medicaid managed care programs, report asserts

Effective oversight is the key to ensuring access to care for states using managed care organizations for elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees, a new report suggests.

Advocates for dual eligibles are concerned about the fast pace of demonstration project timeline

Advocates for dual eligibles are concerned about the fast pace of demonstration project timeline

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Medicare advocates are concerned about the speed with which the federal government is implementing care coordination plans for dual eligibles, according to reports.

Experts tout private and public long-term care funding reforms in Senate hearing

Experts tout private and public long-term care funding reforms in Senate hearing

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As the trajectory of long-term care costs rises, experts on funding gave varying approaches on how to achieve savings at a Senate hearing.

Report: Medicare should cover nutritional counseling for chronic conditions

Medicare should reimburse for medical nutrition therapy (MNT) — or consultations with a registered dietician — to prevent and treat chronic health conditions such as hypertension, obesity, cancer and renal disease.

HHS releases stimulus funds to help seniors fight chronic conditions

HHS releases stimulus funds to help seniors fight chronic conditions

The Department of Health and Human Services this week released $27 million in stimulus package grants for state programs to help seniors manage chronic conditions.

Current system is 'chaos' for those with chronic conditions, senator tells summit

There needs to be better coordination of care for those with chronic conditions, argued Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) at Thursday's healthcare summit.

Researchers cite four ways to include long-term care more effectively in healthcare reform efforts

A new report released Thursday by Georgetown University researchers, in association with The SCAN Foundation, presents four possible options for including long-term care services and supports in reform legislation.