Preparing for your Hospital Discharge

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Are you or a loved one being discharged from a hospital to home? It’s important to be prepared before the discharge. Advance preparation will make life easier for both patient and family, help ensure that the proper home care is received, and prevent readmission to the hospital. Research shows that about 34% of Medicare recipients […]

CARE Act: Some Help for Family Caregivers

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Our health and long term care support systems rely heavily on family caregivers who provide unpaid home care to their loved ones. According to a June 2015 report, 44 million adults in the US provide personal care assistance for family members. 34 million of them care for frail elders. Being a caregiver can be really […]

Hospital Patients to Receive Notice of Observation Status

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  A new federal law will require hospitals to notify patients of their status as outpatients. H.R. 876 Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act was signed into law by President Obama on August 6, 2015. Outpatient status limits the patient’s ability to receive Medicare coverage for care in a skilled nursing facility after discharge […]