Helpful Healthcare News

Helpful Healthcare News

Winter 2018

Surprise Ambulance Bills • What is a surprise ambulance bill and how you can avoid them. READ MORE.

Shingles: Don’t Let It Get You The Way It Got Me • The painful condition caused by the chickenpox virus will strike 1 in 3 Americans during their lifetimes — most between ages 60 and 70, but those in their 50s have reason to arm themselves. (Bruce Horovitz, 11/20) READ MORE.

What should I do if I'm being discharged too soon? • Find out your loved one's Medicare rights as an inpatient at a hospital. Learn about expedited appeal, which allows you or your loved one to challenge his or her provider's decision to end hospital care. READ MORE.

Fall 2017

Los Angeles Times: Over-The-Counter Painkillers Treated Painful Injuries Just As Well As Opioids In New Study • In an opioid epidemic that currently claims an average of 91 lives per day, there have been many paths to addiction. For some, it started with a fall or a sports injury, a trip to a nearby emergency room and a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever that seemed to work well in the ER. New research underscores how tragically risky — and unnecessary — such prescribing choices have been. (Healy, 11/7) READ MORE.

The Human Side of Longevity • Retirees' top three concerns with post-retirement risks are inflation, health care expenses and paying for long-term care. Read about this and several other key findings from the Society of Actuaries' (SOA's) Committee on Post-Retirement Needs and Risks public attitude research. Anna M. Rappaport, FSA, MAAA, discusses these findings in her article, "What Were They Thinking? READ MORE.

Monitor Diabetes with Fitbit • Fitbit announced a partnership with diabetes company Dexcom that will enable Fitbit Ionic smartwatch users to track their glucose levels using a DexCom sensor that's implanted just beneath the skin. Shares of Fitbit Inc. rose almost 10% Thursday, CNBC reported. READ MORE.

Soul Purpose: Seniors With Strong Reasons To Live Often Live Stronger • New research bolsters evidence that older adults with a sense of purpose are less likely to see their health decline with age. The question is: How does one cultivate more meaning and motivation in life? (Judith Graham, 8/31) READ MORE.

Too Few Patients Follow The Adage: You Better Shop Around • Despite having more financial “skin in the game” than ever, many consumers don’t make any attempt to compare prices for health care services, a newly released study found. READ MORE.

Hiring Binge • Hospitals and clinics added 39,400 jobs in July, surpassing last June's gain of 32,000 positions, Modern Healthcare reported. The bulk of the jobs were at ambulatory-care centers, which hired 30,000 workers. Home-health agencies also had a strong showing, adding 11,300 jobs. READ MORE.

Cost of Loneliness • The growing trend of social isolation is a major public health threat contributing to premature deaths, according to an article published in Fortune. The impact of loneliness on mortality exceeds that of many leading health indicators, according to a researcher quoted in the piece. READ MORE.

Summer 2017

What is an Annual Notice of Change? • The Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) is an important notice sent each year to people who have a Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan or a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan. READ MORE

These Preventive Measures Might Help Delay Dementia Or Cognitive Decline • Probably the best cognitive training you can get is a good education and ongoing mental stimulation. “There’s growing evidence that the ways in which your brain is challenged all through your life matter,” noted Langa, whose research has documented a decline in dementia rates in high-income countries over the past 25 years. READ MORE

Healthcare Hiring Soars in June with 36,500 New Jobs • This makes the strongest month so far in 2017 for job creation in the healthcare sector, and far outpacing the 20,600 jobs added in May. Overall employment in the sector is now 15.74 million. READ MORE

How to Get Health Coverage While Traveling • If you’re planning a summer trip, the last thing you may want to think of is healthcare. But, accidents and illnesses can happen on the road as well as at home. READ MORE

Getting Insured outside Open Enrollment Periods • As pleasant as summer can be, it’s usually the wrong season for open enrollment. But, there are some special circumstances that let you enroll any time. READ MORE

Health Insurance for College Students • As you prepare to go to college, don’t forget to pack health coverage. There are several ways of getting covered. READ MORE

Does Medicaid Cover Nursing Home Care? • Medicare Rights answers this question in their latest issue. READ MORE.

For more information: contact John Sardelis, Dr.P.H.