Despite "imminent retirement" of baby boomers, more registered nurses are working longer after age 50, researchers find.
Nursing homes could do a better job of keeping residents with dementia out of the hospital during their last year of life, suggests recently published findings in Health Affairs.
So does anyone remember the cartoon "The Jetsons"? You know, George and Jane, daughter Judy, son Elroy and, of course, the dog, Astro. It's kind of fun to see how their 1960s and 1980s syndicated views of the futureare turning out. (I love Nick at Nite).
Which would make you happier: walking onto your porch on a sunny morning or taking snapshots from the top of the Eiffel Tower? How about: having a long, fun conversation with your child or going to a Bob Dylan concert?
Skilled nursing facilities that implement a telemedicine service and teach staff to use it could reduce their hospital readmissions, but current payment systems do not encourage this, according to a forthcoming study in Health Affairs.
Under a newly expanded Medicaid program option, states stand to reap billions of dollars in what amounts to free money. Much of this could go toward better resident care. But some governors can't help themselves and are acting stupid.
Large-scale bundling of government reimbursements is needed, say researchers who have studied the topic. Post-acute care was the fastest growing major healthcare spending category for government programs between 1994-2009, according to Harvard University researcher Amitabh Chandra, Ph.D., and co-authors.
Despite the fact that hospice is one of the fastest growing parts of Medicare, 78% of surveyed hospice operators turned away patients with the potential for high-costing care, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs.
Nurses who work long shifts are more likely to leave the profession, and also have dissatisfied patients, a new study finds.
Between 2001 and 2010, spending on Medicare beneficiaries needing post-acute services has jumped from $26.6 billion to $58 billion.
Those most likely to benefit from participation in accountable care organizations may face the biggest barriers to enrollment, a new report suggests.
The government often hires "overzealous" investigators to detect fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billing practices, a new report alleges. These examiners often target technical errors instead of unscrupulous practices, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's brief asserts.
Three Affordable Care Act initiatives often touted as coordinating care and improving outcomes for elderly adults could actually make their circumstances worse, a new study suggests.
Government officials say safeguards are in place to prevent dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from losing access to care when they enroll in demonstration projects.
Physicians and hospitals increasingly are admitting more Medicare beneficiaries for observation stays rather than as hospital inpatients, new research concludes.
Minorities have entered nursing facilities in record numbers during the past decade, while wealthier white residents have been leaving skilled nursing care, new research shows.
Even as demand is growing for nurses in all segments of healthcare, 27% of nursing home nurses and 24% of hospital nurses reported being dissatisfied with their jobs, a newly released study found. Just 13% of nurses in other healthcare environments reported such feelings of dissatisfaction.
It's only the first week in January, but 2010 already has served up some exciting developments for the long-term care field.
The health policy journal Health Affairs is releasing an issue today on long-term care and related services, and the challenges confronting caregiving.