Family caregivers lack the training necessary to confidently provide the skilled nursing they administer

“Home Alone,” a report by the AARP Public Poly Institute and the United Hospital Fund found that the role of family caregivers has dramatically expanded to include roles previously only provided in hospitals.  The estimated economic value of these caregivers was approximately $450 million in 2009.  While caregivers still perform fundamental caregiving tasks such as…

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Census reports doctor visits dropping

Both the New York Times and the Houston Chronicle reported this week that the latest figures by the Census Bureau show Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 visited doctors less frequently than they did in the previous 10 years.  The Census Bureau reported declines for insured and uninsured, in excellent health and poor…

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It's open season for Medicare enrollment

Whether using Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, Medicare Open Enrollment impacts over a million Medicare beneficiaries in Washington state.  This year Open Enrollment starts Oct. 15 and extends through Dec. 7.  During Open Enrollment, consumers can make changes to their health and drug coverage.  Shopping for insurance plans is a complicated process that…

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