This is an interesting summary of how healthcare in America changed in 2017.
It is often a fall that leads to a precipitous decline in the overall health of our older adult clients. The Dutch are approaching the prevention of falls from an interesting perspective. Learn more here.
As mentioned above, Medicare does not pay for long term care. Facing the cost of this can be overwhelming for many families, even for those who’ve done a great job of saving for the future. I always suggest to clients and their families that they seek the services of a professional in their state regarding this topic. This article helps explain why.
Medicare For Higher Income Beneficiaries
For those Medicare recipients who are also higher income beneficiaries, it appears the adjustments to the Medicare Part B and Part D premiums will be changing in 2018. This article outlines the new thresholds.
When to Consider Hospice Care
Misconceptions persist about when it’s appropriate to consider Hospice Care. For many older adults with progressive dementia, this option should be considered much earlier than later. This study discusses how we continue to wait too long.
Two articles regarding healthcare burnout:
Physician Burnout Is A Public Health Crisis
Burnout Among Health Professionals and Its Effect on Patient Safety
We recently had the good fortune of working with our friend and colleague, Dr. Sima Kahn from Healthcare Advocacy Partners, a firm in Seattle, Washington with whom we’ve referred and shared several clients over the years. Sima’s newsletter, which outlines the Value of Our Connection, is a must read!
Medicare Open Enrollment:
As a reminder, we’re here to help you during Medicare Open Enrollment season as you reassess Medicare and its associated products you may have chosen in the past. The season begins October 15 and continues through December 7.
For those Medicare recipients who are also higher income beneficiaries, it appears the adjustments to the Medicare Part B and Part D premiums will be changing in 2018. This article outlines the new thresholds:
Medicare Surcharge Thresholds to Drop