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Will Assisted Living Pass its Torch to the Next Generation?
07 Sep

            Entering an assisted living facility brings back a multitude of memories about living in a college dorm. The residents here, mostly elderly, have a dining hall and a lobby with a piano, yet the entire facility seems void of any human presence. As I leave the elevator and start towards a former neighbor’s room, I come across doors with decorations, the first sign of some personal effects.

TBT: Five-star hospitals?
19 May

In April 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled their new five-star quality rating on the Hospital Compare website which are based on the 11 publicly reported measures in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. The intention is to make understanding the data easier for healthcare consumers.

02 Dec

The end of open enrollment for Medicare is right around the corner – December 7! While I am personally nowhere near the enrollment age for Medicare, I know it is always a hot topic in the news, especially this time of year.  As beneficiaries review their options for 2016, there are a few aspects they should pay extra attention to:

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Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50
05 Aug

As our nation continues to embrace the healthcare reform enacted with Obama Care, we are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of another monumental healthcare milestone. Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law on July 30, 1965. Medicaid is now the nation’s largest government health program fronting half the bill for the nation’s nursing homes and covering almost half of U.S. births. Through the years both programs have evolved to serve the demands of our country’s citizen’s healthcare requirements. 

CMS five-star hospital ratings
11 May

In April 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled their new five-star quality rating on the Hospital Compare website which are based on the 11 publicly reported measures in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. The intention is to make understanding the data easier for healthcare consumers.

23 Sep

We have all seen outpatient service facilities popping up on every corner. While this may mean a faster, easier way to see a physician, the death of a popular comedian raises questions on the true effectiveness of some of these locations at providing the top of the line care.

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