Monthly Archives: September 2012

Getting Older Drivers Off the Roads for Safety

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This article focuses on the realities of restrictions desired to control age-correlated driving accidents. Although states have been doing their part to increase driving restrictions for the elderly, I’d like to see a forward-thinking movement to increase public transportation in areas where seniors depend on driving. If having knowledge that maintaining good health was the answer to driving better in old age, then a lot of our world’s problems would be solved. Unfortunately, I believe what this article is missing is an ultimate solution to getting the elderly off the road: by providing them an alternative way to get around. For now, senior caregivers and personal assistants could be the alternative answer to seniors giving up their keys. For the […]

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Florida is Slowly "Opting In" to join the Health Information Exchange

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TALLAHASSEE – Five more organizations have been selected to join Florida’s Health Information Exchange (HIE), which brings the total number of participants to 17. The technology framework provided by the HIE will enable participating health care providers to timely and securely access patient health information… For more on this article, please go to : ~Floridians can benefit from use of electronic health records~  This is a great step! When I took a Health Care Delivery Models class at USC last spring, it seemed plain and simply that having a comprehensive electronic health and medical exchange between all health care providers could help to cut down the costs of unnecessary medical expenditures. Why this hasn’t been done yet: $$$$ Tsk tsk. But […]

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Delaying Social Security Benefits Can Significantly Increase Monthly Benefits: Senate Aging Committee Holds Hearing on Women’s Social Security Disproportionate Dependence

Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Herb Kohl (D-Wis) Presses U.S. Social Security Administration to Better Inform Public about the Advantages of Waiting to Claim Benefits Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WASHINGTON – Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Herb Kohl, D-Wis., held a hearing today to examine the unique issues women face in achieving retirement security. The hearing, entitled “Enhancing Women’s Retirement Security,” included testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the findings of a new report requested by Kohl and from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and other policy experts.  The hearing largely focused on Social Security, which women disproportionately depend on for their retirement income. During the hearing, Kohl pressed SSA to do more to help people understand […]

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Ever Wonder About Those "Short Wait Time" Emergency Room Billboards? The Sun-Sentinel Reports On Ads That Can Be Misleading

Would you base your emergency room visit on a sign?  September 2, 2012|By Nicole Brochu, Sun Sentinel www.SunSentinel.com  The highly visible billboards dotting major South Florida road sides are peddling an unusual product: short wait times at hospital ERs. But would you base your emergency room visit on a sign? Not so fast, skeptics say. Hospitals are banking up to $10,000 a month per billboard on the signs raising brand awareness in the battle to attract the educated consumer, but critics say some of the ads can be misleading. In the divide is a clear message: Your time is a hot commodity, but buyer beware. “Would you make the decision on going to an ER based on a sign that […]

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Why It’s Important to Know Your Home Health Care Agency: The San Francisco Chronicle Reports on California Felons Serving as Publicly Funded Home Health Caretakers

Felons still caretakers for vulnerable Jennifer Gollan, Bay Citizen San Francisco Chronicle www.sfgate.com  Published 9:26 p.m., Sunday, September 2, 2012 Three years after California barred felons from serving as publicly funded home health caretakers, people with criminal histories in theft, prostitution and drug possession are still caring for the state’s most vulnerable and frail residents.The situation has led to calls for tougher laws from some district attorneys and lawmakers, who worry the In-Home Supportive Services program is rife with loopholes.This was not what the headlines heralded in 2009, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation to protect about 450,000 low-income elderly, blind and disabled people who rely on the program. But legal wrangling and lack of oversight got in the way. Background checks were slow to start, then […]

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