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Accountability for antipsychotic medication use

The use of antipsychotic medications in long-term care has been an ongoing target for scrutiny because of concerns with appropriateness and safety in older adults with dementia. Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report showing that antipsychotic medications are frequently prescribed to older adults with dementia.

GAO issues report on advance directives

People who are older, white, female or have higher levels of education or income are more likely to have advance directives, such as living wills or healthcare powers of attorney, in place, according to a review of studies conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

CMS to expand Pioneer ACO program

A government-sanctioned study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association declared Pioneer ACOs saved more than $385 million in a two-year period, prompting the administration to announce the same day it will expand the program.

House bill would eliminate RAC contingency fees, penalize bad auditors

Pending legislation would grant hospitals and other providers their wish of replacing percentage-based fees with flat fees on Medicare claims denied by recovery audit contractors.

Pioneer ACOs: Study finds savings without sacrifice of quality

Medicare beneficiaries receiving care in a Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) model saw smaller increases in total Medicare expenditures compared with those receiving care via the traditional Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) model in the first two years of the Pioneer model, according to a newly published study in JAMA.

Health secrets of celebrities who lived to be 100

What do these 9 people know about living longer that we should be emulating?

Green tea extract and exercise hinder progress of Alzheimer’s disease in mice

Comprehensive study of EGCG, a compound found in green tea, could lead to treatments of Alzheimer's in humans.

Scientists find new link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s

Researchers have uncovered a unique connection between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, providing further evidence that a disease that robs people of their memories may be affected by elevated blood sugar, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.