Providers in areas with low average Medicare costs are not delivering care more efficiently than providers in high-cost areas, according to a new study. Prior studies said Medicare spending could be reduced by nearly a third if all providers adopted the practices of those in low-cost areas.
After my husband's death in 2004, I thought how wonderful it would have been if there were a refuge in a hospital where caregivers could go to "escape" and recharge themselves — an "oasis" of sorts, away from the bright lights and noises of the hospital, a place where one could relax, get advice about caregiving and avail themselves of some counseling.
There are few things I loathe more in the world than ice-breaking, "getting-to-know-you games." The problem is, though, I'm exactly the kind of person who often needs an icebreaker to get a conversation started, especially for conversations that are difficult to have.