The decision to trust a nursing home or similar facility with the care of a loved one is never easy. We trust that the facility we select will treat and care for our family member’s needs as we would with the added security and comfort of the staff’s training and expertise.
Mail order pharmacies have made significant inroads in capturing a greater percentage of the drug dispensing business. And, it is a big business. Americans filled approximately 5.8 billion prescriptions in 2018 (a record). With a U.S. population of about 327.2 million, that equates to 17.7 prescriptions per person. Nearly 96% of employers offer a mail order pharmacy option with a health insurance plan. In fact, many insurance plans highly encourage the use of mail order pharmacies and structure their benefits accordingly.
We know the title of this blog is stark, but so are the figures in a recently-published study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that pregnancy-related mortality rates (PRMRs) for black women 30 years and over was 4 to 5 times that of white women. (The rate for Native American or Alaskan Native women was 2.5 times greater.)
Referrals can sometimes be a complicated matter for attorneys. When to refer, who to refer to, and what to expect from making a referral. We’ve all seen examples (or been recipients) of “bad” referrals. However, when done in the right spirit, referrals can be a great way to build credibility with your clients and expand your trusted network. Especially for individuals or smaller practices, referrals can be an important tool in your overall business strategy regardless of compensation details.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule update regarding nursing homes and binding arbitration agreements when Medicare/Medicaid funds are involved. The new rules once again allow nursing homes to offer binding arbitration agreements as part of entry paperwork for prospective residents and their families. Here’s what you need to know.
When we visit a doctor or other healthcare professional, we expect fair, caring, and knowledgeable providers to manage our evaluation and treatment. We wouldn’t expect bias to figure into any part of our care equation. And, an objective unbiased approach is exactly what medical schools teach when it comes to making clinical decisions.
Breast cancer impacts hundreds of thousands of women each year. According to the American Cancer Society, about 13% of women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. That equates to about 1 in 8 women. While more common as women age, breast cancer can develop at any stage of life. A close family history of breast cancer does increase your risk, however more than 85% of women have no family history of the disease.
For individuals in the last stages of life and their families, hospice care can promise welcome comfort and relief from pain and greater quality of life during those final months. By focusing holistically on patient and family needs, hospice care is designed to reduce stress, increase comfort, and limit disruptive (and costly) hospital stays. The truth, however, is that the realities of hospice care too-often fall far short of the promised benefits and can actually harm patients. Two recent Office of Inspector General reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services underscore major vulnerabilities with the hospice program that directly impact quality of care for beneficiaries.
When unable to care for loved ones in a home setting, families look for alternative living arrangements, such as a nursing home, that can provide the higher level of services and care needed. Many families invest time in researching and visiting nursing home facilities before making a decision as to where to place their loved one. On the surface, these nursing homes may appear nice and suitable, but how do you know what happens to your loved one when you’re not there? Who watches the caretakers you’ve entrusted with your loved one’s care?