Millennials want — and are getting — speed, convenience and ease in healthcare. Zoom clinics and insurance delivers. Read about this innovative provider model, reporting by Amy Gorman for Kaiser Health News.
African-Americans are living longer, to 75.6 years on average. Better access to medical care, plus declines in deaths from homicide, cancer and aids have increased longevity. A decline in violence, in particular, has reset expectations and the experience of urban life.
Aging boomers are not a drag on the economy. Fact #1: Well-educated healthy boomers continue to work past traditional retirement ages. Fact #2: Older workers don’t make more mistakes, in fact it’s workers under 30 who are more prone to errors. Fact #3: Older workers aren’t taking jobs from younger workers. Christopher Farrell separates myth from reality in the New York Times.
23% of California’s population will be >65 in 2050, compared to 13% today. Europe will be the oldest continent. Michelle Gilcrest dives into the data for the San Diego Union Tribune.
“Siri, What do my lab results means?” Apple, Amazon and Google could use voice communications to better communicate with patients. Siri, Echo and Google Now could un-complicate the verbiage and data that confounds many patients.
CMS says one thing and does another. CMS has a fancy “Innovation Center” to improve services, quality and prevent illness. But it will not cover a continuous glucose monitor because it’s considered a “precautionary device.” Franz Kafka reports for the California Health Report (ht Matt Perry).
An alternative to assisted suicide is refusing food and water, a “pleasant way to go.” If you are at the end of your life and you want more control, just turn off the IV, writes Dr. Ann Marie Chiassen in an opinion letter to the Los Angeles Times.
How a Catholic nursing home comforts patients who are dying of cancer: they paint women’s fingernails, comb their hair, change them into fresh nightgowns and arrange flowers in their rooms. “It doesn’t feel like a place of death. It feels like a place of living. Photographic essay by Gilian Laub and Brooke Jarvis for The New York Times.
Long Term Care
Group Homes: Thousands of patients are held unnecessarily in sterile, highly restrictive group homes. The Obama administration has opened more than 50 such investigations and reached settlements with eight states. Matt Apuzzo reports for The New York Times.
Nursing Homes: Many older Americans are unwillingly confined to nursing homes or long-term care facilities. In many states, impediments include: a shortage of home care workers, limits to hours of in-home care, waiting lists, mental illness, and the lack of affordable housing. Studies comparing nursing homes to in-home care reach mixed conclusions. Katie Thomas, Sheri Fink and Mitch Smith report for The New York Times.
Trust is a major barrier in caregiving, and stories like this don’t help: Three nurses caring for a man stole $500,000+. The family has filed a $4 million lawsuit against 3 nurses and two home-health agencies.