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The no-cost prescription to a healthy life can save you money

A 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that the Medical cost of obesity might be as high as $147 billion annually in the United States.  Why does this matter?  People who are obese spent 42 percent more for medical care in 2006 compared to people at normal weight.  They are…

Washington state tackles observation status with new bill

Have you noticed that those of us not in the know can use words that look, taste and sound like something a professional says and discover we’re all talking about two different things.  Take the term admit.  You go to the theater and they give you a ticket which ironically enough says “admit one” and…

Anti-aging miracle is just a step away

Want more energy?  Spend money.  Get a pill which might or might not work.  An easier and less costly remedy?  Go for a walk.  A new study found that even gentle lunchtime strolls can improve people’s moods and improve their ability to handle stress at work.  I’m going to admit to a bias here because…

Preventative health: should you get a vaccine against measles?

Disney has spent a lot of time in the news in the past couple weeks and not in a good way.  The California amusement park is linked to over a hundred cases of measles, a disease the US reported eliminated in 2000.  While the disease may have started its outbreak in a theme park, its…

Feds refuse to stop Medicare’s persistent use of ‘improvement standard’ despite court settlement

Two years ago, a settlement agreement ended Medicare’s use of the “improvement standard.”  At least it was supposed to.  But, despite the agreement some beneficiaries continue to be denied coverage and federal officials are refusing to take any further action to ensure that providers are aware of the change. Under the long standing improvement standard,…

Health assessment tool lets patients with chronic conditions protect their health by being more proactive

About 80 percent of older Americans struggle with at least one chronic condition.  About 50 percent struggle with at least two chronic conditions.  But poor health doesn’t have to be a by-product of aging.  What’s more with the number of Americans 65 and older expected to double in the next 15 years, not only can…

Timing the move: should you live in a retirement community for your own health

Mabel walks around the block in my neighborhood every day.  Her garden used to be a tribute to sustainable living and so she stops to chat with the neighbors about gardening if she finds them out in the yard.  Mabel’s always been an independent soul with a fierce determination.  She once stopped an abusive ex-husband…

Medicare will pay doctors to coordinate care for seniors with multiple chronic conditions

Beginning this month Medicare will begin paying primary doctors about $40 a month to coordinate the care of seniors with multiple chronic conditions (MCC).  According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as many as three out of four Americans over the age of 65 have MCC and two out of three Medicare…

Four things to look for when hiring a caregiver

As many of us age, our ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) degrades.  Those activities include toileting, dressing, preparing meals, maintaining continence, etc.  These basic skills and the ability or the inability to perform them often determines whether or not an individual can remain living in their current home.  But, not being able…

Well adult checkups

I have a new great-nephew (well kind of new since he’ll turn 1 in January) and new babies come with a list of things that they need to see the doctor for such as vaccinations, weight and measurement checks, complete physicals—the works.  But did you know that those same sort of checks occur at age…