Physicians avoid conversations about end of life care because nearly half of physicians don’t want patients to feel “they are giving up on them” and “don’t want patients to give up hope.” The results of the national poll were released two days before National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16.
A growing share of social security benefits are going to men with higher incomes, writes Josh Zumbrum in the Wall Street Journal. He dives into the findings and caveats of a new study from the Government Accountability Office.
You’ll live longer in San Francisco or New York. That’s the bottom line of a study JAMA published, titled “The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014.” Read the Wall Street Journal summary by Harriett Torrey.
Spending on prescription drugs increased + 8.5% in 2015 after rebates and discounts. Data released in the IMS Health report show prescription drug spending rose to $309.5 Billion. Spending is expected to continue to rise quickly as newer, expensive drugs increase in usage.
A bill in the California Assembly would make it easier to search for open psychiatric beds online, instead of by telephone. That change is in Assembly Bill 2743. A battle has erupted between the California Hospitals Association (against) and the California Psychiatric Association (for). Jenny Gold of Kaiser Health News covers this story for NPR.
The best way to improve health care is with small, full-time teams dedicated to a population, writes Chris Trimble in the Harvard Business Review. The results are healthier patients, fewer hospitalizations and fewer emergency room visits. It is a win for patients and providers that can’t be matched by a device or drug.
If you’re not “in tech,” technology innovations matter to your business. Innovation can chip away at incumbents’ benefits, or give them an advantage. Seven innovators to keep an eye on are Butter, EmPowerYu, Keepy, LifeAssist, OtherLab Orthotics, Room2Care and Sensassure. I write about these innovations in “Aging 2.0 in San Francisco: April 13, 2016.”
Some tech companies’ want workers age 55+, who have higher standards and lower turnover, writes Fast Company’s Gwen Moran. New programs connect older workers with tech jobs.
Target is rolling out Connected Care sections in 550 Target pharmacy departments. Each display will hold 14 SKUs of medical-grade devices that connect to smart phones. for blood pressure, pain management, weight monitoring. Target is readying itself for the impending surge in demand for medical technology by baby boomers.
AARP’s caregiver campaign illustrates the 5 Best Practices of PR Storytelling, writes Lisa LaMagna. The AARP’s long-term campaign was highlighted by a public relations home run in the Wall Street Journal.
View all the presentations on video from the International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare, attended by 3,000 people in in Gothenburg, Sweden. Don Berwick, a giant in the quality world, keynoted with “Remembering Our Roots: The Intellectual Foundations of Modern Improvement” and the Red Bead Presentation, about training, incentives and binomial distribution.
Society & culture
This week PBS aired the Nova film, “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?,” chronicling the experience of Greg O’Brien, a journalist with the disease. Greg’s focus is on living with Alzheimer’s, and his hope that all is not lost.
Yoga classes, coffee shops and other community institutions are becoming dementia friendly. The Dementia Friendly America movement is spreading shockingly fast, writes Matt Perry in the California Health Report. Compare this to the disability movement, which brought curbs and automatic doors that “benefit us all.”
Justice in Aging, legal advocates for seniors, offered a 5 point plan for “How to Prevent and End Homelessness among Older Adults.“ Authors Jennifer Goldberg, Kate Lang and Vanessa Barrington focus on income, healthcare, housing and legal services. View Justice in Aging’s video “Home Saves Your Life.”
Curated with ♥ by Lisa LaMagna
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