Suggested Reading: Misleading advertising

We received wonderful feedback from last month’s newsletter in which our colleague Diane Reilly described why she transitioned away from a Medicare Advantage plan

This article addresses measures being taken to crack down on misleading advertising claims by insurers selling private Medicare Advantage and drug plans.

I found this article fascinating on many levels. It reminded me of frustrating times early in my career when I was delivering patient care as a nurse and felt our patients were unsafe due to staffing issues.

Suggested Reading: Reducing unnecessary medical care

When discussing the topic of healthcare, negativity seems to prevail. At Healthassist, we take a positive approach and teach our clients the best way to manage within the existing healthcare system: to become an informed, assertive, and empowered healthcare consumer. 

I maintain optimism by continuously trying to improve the system. The work of improving processes and outcomes in healthcare is difficult but rewarding. In the past, I’ve had the privilege of participating in several Medicare Demonstration Projects. I was also a member of a Patient Family Advisory Council of a large physician practice and participated in using the Virginia Mason Approach to improve and change the way care was delivered. Currently, I am a member of the Governing Body of Iora Health Network, another Medicare Demonstration Project taking initiatives aimed at doing the right thing for patients. 

This article describes some of the challenges and hard work involved in aligning incentives to reduce unnecessary medical care. 

Suggested Reading: the future of Medicare

This is an interview with the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. She discusses her vision for the future of Medicare, the enhancements to the program’s prescription drug coverage, and the prospects for helping more older adults live out their lives in their own homes and communities.

Following a rise in beneficiary complaints made to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to the marketing of private Medicare plans, an investigation was completed, a report issued, and new rules instituted.

Suggested Reading: Ageism

I read so many interesting articles this month.

This one is a challenge to physicians to think about ageism and to identify if it is creeping into their practice or if they are experiencing it themselves.

This blog identifies great strategies to combat ageism in healthcare.

These two articles address the topic of loneliness from societal and political perspectives:

We Know the Cure for Loneliness. So Why Do We Suffer?

The Weaponization of Loneliness

Finally, here’s an amazing program that an older adult I know helped to make happen in her town. What a phenomenal role model she is for me.