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September 1, 2007

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  • Major health care stakeholders collaborate on problems of elderly

    As the baby boomers age, creating a huge influx of Medicare recipients, health care providers are going to be challenged to provide coordinated care for the elderly as they move through the fragmented health care system.
  • Program helps Medicare members stay healthy

    Medicare Advantage plan members are getting help managing their chronic conditions through Sterling Life Insurance's care coordination program that combines disease management and case management.
  • Plan helps Florida seniors manage multiple meds

    Medication management is a major challenge with the Medicare population. Many are on multiple medications. They forget to take their medicine or get confused about what pill to take when and whether they should take it with or without food. Some have visual problems or low literacy levels and can't read and understand the labels.
  • Community-based care helps Florida seniors stay healthy

    A team approach by community-based personnel from Green Ribbon Health is helping chronically ill Medicare participants learn to manage their conditions, improve their health, and preserve their independence.
  • Simple test can prevent pneumonia after a stroke

    Millions of dollars and several hundred thousand lives could be saved if more hospitals followed a simple best practice the swallow test for stroke victims, assert researchers in a new study in the journal Neurology.1 Aspiration, note medical experts, in the main pneumonia risk is stroke patients.
  • Telehealth helps hospital cut readmissions by 75%

    Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta (GA) at Piedmont Hospital has used telehealth technology to significantly reduce the rate of hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
  • Study to help predict costly pressure ulcers

    The cost of treating pressure ulcers is estimated at $9 billion per year and the cost for care for home health patients with pressure ulcers is 36% more than the cost of caring for home health patients without pressure ulcers.
  • News Brief

    As part of the Department of Health and Human Services' Value-Driven Health Care initiative, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a compendium of health care report cards. It is designed to provide health care report card developers and researchers a range of models on which to base future work.