Better country dementia care

Rising levels of dementia is putting pressure on residential aged care facilities, including in rural and regional centers where nursing homes and staff are already under pressure. Now a pilot program of personalized interventions, including residents’ favorite songs, has been shown to make a big difference to dementia behaviors, drug use and carers’ wellbeing. Harmony in the Bush, a study […]

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Addiction treatment centers using electronic health records less and may hinder care

Despite their existence for decades, electronic health records—digitized patient information and medical histories available instantly and securely to authorized users—are not commonly used by many addiction and substance use disorder treatment facilities in the United States. Now, a recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers suggests why this is happening. It also describes how not using this technology may hinder […]

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Rising antiparasitic drug cost in U.S. leads to higher patient costs, decreased quality of care

New study finds the skyrocketing cost of drugs in U.S. used to treat hookworm and other soil-transmitted parasites increases patient costs, suggests decreased quality of care A new study finds that the increasingly high prices in the United States of the drugs used to treat three soil-transmitted helminth infections—hookworm, roundworm (ascariasis), and whipworm (trichuriasis)—is not only the major driver for […]

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Low-value health care drops only marginally despite effort to curb practices

Spending on low-value health care among fee-for-service Medicare recipients dropped only marginally from 2014 to 2018, despite both a national campaign to better educate clinicians and increasing use of payment revisions that discourage wasteful care, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Three items accounted for two-thirds of the low-value care. Among these, prescribing opioids for acute back pain increased […]

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New Biden health care orders begin to unspool Trump policies

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will act Thursday to get more people health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, a down payment on his pledge to push the U.S. toward coverage for all. The White House said he would sign an executive order reopening the HealthCare.gov insurance markets, something the Trump administration refused to do. He’ll also […]

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Prayers and Grief Counseling After COVID: Trying to Aid Healing in Long-Term Care

A tidal wave of grief and loss has rolled through long-term care facilities as the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 91,000 residents and staffers — nearly 40% of recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. And it’s not over: Facilities are bracing for further shocks as coronavirus cases rise across the country. Workers are already emotionally drained and exhausted after […]

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34% of older adults in the U.S. are prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs, raising health care costs

The prescription of potentially inappropriate medications to older adults is linked to increased hospitalizations, and it costs patients, on average, more than $450 per year, according to a new University at Buffalo study. The research, which sought to determine the impact of potentially inappropriate medications on health care utilization and costs in the United States, also found that more than […]

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