Our Health Care System: How does it deal with Multiple Chronic Conditions? 

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Jeannette is an 89 year old and has five medical conditions that have required long-term treatment ― diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, arthritis and depression. She is discouraged and anxi...

The Fear and Reality of Falling

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Recently I experienced my mother falling in the middle of the night and ending up in the hospital. Unfortunately she lives alone and 250 miles away in California. She has had a history of falling, but...

Health Reform: What’s happening?

Where is my health insurance?

Last month, on September 22nd, President Obama marked the six month anniversary of the enactment of the new law, the Affordable Care Act. This comprehensive reform was signed into law on March 23, 201...

Where is the “care” in healthcare?

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In December 2009, I wrote my Senior Spectrum article on “Eldercare in the Workforce: It’s time!” What is it time for…recognition; just as child care is recognized by parents and most employee benefit ...

Hospital Readmissions Cost Medicare $17+ Billion a Year

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Being hospitalized for an illness today is traumatic. I would not recommend that you go by yourself. Take a family member or friend to advocate for you. Many things could happen and you want someone t...

Health Care Reform: The Real Scoop

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On March 21st, the House passed the health care reform bill that is historical. I would like to share with you what this really means to seniors – the real scoop. During early March, I was fortunat...

Health Reform:  Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act

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If you have read my past several articles, you know that I have taken up the new Health Reform legislation – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – as the theme. I feel compelled...

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What is it? How does it impact me, here in Nevada?

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Well, you might be confused by the title. Perhaps you know it better as “ObamaCare” or “Universal Health Care” or “Health Care Reform” or “Insurance Reform”. Yes, it is the Patient Protection and Affo...

The Medical Home and Health Reform: Am I Crazy or is this a No Brainer?

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A medical home is a patient-centered, multifaceted source of personal primary health care. It is based on a relationship primarily between the patient and physician, but also with the other health car...