AHCA previews new quality metric announcement

The American Health Care Association is expected to announce today six new quality metrics, some of which raise the bar on nursing home staff turnover and hospital readmissions.

Enhancing emergency medical care for seniors could reduce hospital admissions

Applying palliative care principles to emergency departments may reduce the number of geriatric patients admitted to intensive care units, possibly extending lives and reducing Medicare costs, according to a three-year analysis by Mount Sinai researchers set to be published in the May edition of Health Affairs, which can be found online.

Healthy diets make brighter brains

A study following nearly 28,000 people aged 55 and older at high cardiovascular risk, which monitored their diets for 5 years and tested declines against thinking and memory tests, found a smaller drop in brain power for those who ate well.

Could high blood sugar be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease?

While nobody knows exactly what causes the complex brain changes that lead to Alzheimer's disease, scientists suspect one of the drivers is the accumulation of plaques of a faulty protein called beta-amyloid. Now, a new study of mice shows how too much sugar in the blood can speed up the production of the protein.

‘Cost of care’ put at $91,250

Providers may be under increased reimbursement restraints, but consumers might have a hard time believing it. The median charge for a private room in a skilled care facility exceeds $90,000 a year, a new survey finds.

GAO: Small percentage of Medicaid beneficiaries costing much more

The Government Accountability Office last week released findings showing 5% of Medicaid-only eligible enrollees accounted for nearly 50% of the billions of government dollars paid in Medicaid-only eligible claims. The period examined was 2009-2011.

Healthcare now the biggest cyber-attack target, report reveals

Cyber-attacks against well-known entities such as Sony or even the U.S. Defense Department may grab most headlines these days. But the healthcare industry is now bearing the brunt of most malicious attacks, which have more than doubled over the past four years. And even in the midst of rapidly escalating attacks on providers and insurers, senior executives have done poorly in warding them off or protecting data, a May 7 report asserts.

Pets bring comfort to seniors in long-term care

As a pet lover, what a joy it has always been for me to have pets involved in my professional long-term care career.