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By Majestic Rose on 3/29/2016
MORE CHANGES IN THE MEDICARE SYSTEM ARE HERE! 

EVER HEARD OF THE “BUNDLE” SYSTEM?  IF NOT YOU NEED TOO!

The “Bundle” health care system is in effect now in many states across the U.S and is affecting the lives of millions of the elderly.  This program is now in Arizona and will effect everyone’s care going forward.  So what is it?  It is known as the BPCI (Bundled Payments for Care Improvement) initiative.  It’s goal?  To reduce Medicare expenditures while preserving and possibly enhancing the quality of care for the beneficiary.   In the past Medicare made separate payments to providers for individual services provided for a single illness or course of treatment.  This meant every provider was paid based on the quantity (days) versus quality of care they provided for the Medicare beneficiary.  Unfortunately some providers took advantage of the system and extended the stay of the beneficiary to maximize their payment even when it was not truly in the best interest of the beneficiary.  In order to...
By Majestic Rose on 7/24/2014

We know our loved ones better than anyone else but often illness comes in a blink of an eye.  Our loved ones may have subtle changes that occur and most often go unnoticed.  Unfortunately, our loved ones may not complain of any discomfort or make us aware that there is something going on.     And in the majority of the cases the elderly will not have the signs and symptoms commonly seen in the adult and younger population.  So what are the silent killers I’m talking about?  Pneumonia and Urinary Tract Infections.

According to an article “Common Infections in Older Adults” by American Family Physician, infectious diseases account for one third of all deaths in 65 years and older.  Further stated in the article is the importance of early detection and monitoring for subtle changes.

By Majestic Rose on 6/14/2011
Falls is such a big problem among our elderly population.  Falls can lead to severe injuries such as hip fractures and head injuries and can even increase the risk of early death.  Most fractures among the elderly are caused by falls.  The most common are fractures of the hip, upper arm, forearm, hand, leg, ankle, and pelvis.  Fortunately, falls is a health problem that is largely preventable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 3 adults 65 and older will experience a fall.  Among those adults who are 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death.  In 2007, over 18,000 older adults died from unintentional falls and traumatic brain injuries accounted for 46% of these fatalities.  In 2006, there were 316,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures in people age 65 and older and over 90% of the hip fractures were caused by falling.

People age 85 and older are 10 to 15 times more likely to sustain a hip fractures than those who are 60 to 65.  One in...