Clients with high deductible plans avoid preventive care

Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act many preventive screenings and treatments are covered even for those individuals with high deductible insurance plans.  High deductible plans were created to encourage consumers to make better educated decisions about their health care expenses but consumers get confused.  According to research by Kaiser Health News, many consumers with high…

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Do you know your hospital’s safety score?

The Leapfrog group released its latest safety scorecard for 2,619 American hospitals and most have seen an improvement since the initial scorecard the group published in June.  The group calculates the score using publicly available data about 11 outcome measures and 15 process measures including the frequency of blood line infections, falls, bedsores and consistency…

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What is a Medicaid lien?

There are two kinds of liens.  TEFRA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act) liens or pre-death liens occur when the recipient is permanently institutionalized.  Post-death liens are placed against the estate of a deceased Medicaid recipient. TEFRA liens give the states the option to use a lien to prevent the recipient from giving away assets…

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Fed says nursing homes overbilled for therapy

The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee, a federal watchdog agency, raised concerns about improper billing for therapy by skilled nursing facilities (SNF).  Based on a survey by the Office of Attorney General, SNFs overcharged by $1.5 billion for therapy services that were either not needed or not provided.  The study goes on to say that about…

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Tools for choosing a nursing home

In 2010, the Seattle Times published a report that gets mentioned on this site, in the Aging Options Resource Guide and by Rajiv Nagaich fairly often.  That report, “Seniors for Sale,” concerned the treatment that elderly individuals received in Seattle/Tacoma area Adult Family Homes.  The conclusion of that report was that individuals needed to do…

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How to boost the power of your shot

Have you gotten a vaccination recently?  It turns out that the doctor should have prescribed that you get plenty of sleep as part of the treatment.  A study published in the journal Sleep suggests that the effectiveness of vaccines increases or decreases with levels of sleep.  Regardless of how much sleep you get, vaccines help…

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