CMS releases data on hospital costs

On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to a 2011 price list for 100 of the most common individual services connected with an inpatient stay and the 30 most common outpatient procedures at over 3,000 hospitals in all 50 states and Washington D.C. The agency aims to increase transparency…

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Study finds that older adults in exercise program experience fewer mobility problems

A large study that looked at elderly men and women at a high risk of disability found that structured physical activity at moderate intensity significantly reduced the participants’ risk of disability and outperformed those who participated in a health education class that included upper extremity stretching exercises.  The physical activity program was conducted twice a…

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Making a list of things to do before turning 60

I turned 50 in March.  I’m excited about the milestone but also a bit apprehensive.  Retirement, while still far away is closer today than it has ever been before.  Certain things like planning my funeral (or worrying about my parent’s funerals) aren’t the hypothetical situations they once were.  That’s not to say that either of…

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Kudos to Minnesota. Mind if we copy?

A news report from Kaiser Health News reported this week that Minnesota beat out Hawaii and Florida (which didn’t even come close) for the healthiest state in the nation for seniors. Washington came out in the middle of the pack at 15. I’m from northern Minnesota so it’s good to know that its claim to…

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Honoring those who died in service to America

The advertising circulars heralding a long weekend of barbecues and shopping deals came out this week. Before we let our consumerism hijack the true reason for an extended weekend (it’s not saving 25 percent on summer apparel and the latest videos), take a moment to consider, really consider, the sacrifices some have made in the…

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Can you inherit a popular rewards program?

Many airlines offer their loyal customers frequent flyer miles. As those miles build up, customers can cash them in for additional travel.  Because they only have value for purchasing miles, many people don’t think about the fact that they still have value.  In fact, depending upon the individuals involved, frequent flyer miles may add up…

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