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27 Apr 2019

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Medical Care

By Victoria Knight In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published in Health Affairs in April.   The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates

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27 Apr 2019

Medical Researchers Seek Sage Advice Of Elders On Aging Issue

Rachel O’Conor booted up her slides and began posing questions to six older adults sitting around a table: How should primary care physicians support patients and caregivers after a diagnosis of dementia? And what stands in the way of getting adequate support? “Please speak louder and go slower,” suggested Susanne

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27 Apr 2019

SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS: AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY WANT FEDERAL PROTECTIONS AGAINST SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

By Jordan Rau Three-quarters of the public — including a majority of Republicans — want the federal government to protect patients from being stuck with surprise medical invoices after they are unwittingly treated by doctors or medical facilities that are out of their insurance network, a an April poll found. These

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24 Apr 2019

CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS PUNISHED FOR OPIOID ABUSE BY DOCTORS, PHARMACIES, PAIN CLINICS; GOVERNMENT OVER REACTS

By Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes in April  in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied

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24 Apr 2019

CMS OUTLINES NEW PRIMARY CARE PAYMENT MODELS AIMED AT GREATER SHARED RISK APRIL 22

      The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes with several new primary care payment models, including one that would shift providers to global payments. The Trump Administration says it is building on the progress made over the last two years and further the CMS priority

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