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A Look at Four Improvements Analytics Brings to Senior Care


There now exists a huge amount of data that can be analyzed to develop enhanced senior care that’s more personalized than ever before. Below are four improvements data will bring to the senior care space.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced additional opportunities for individuals affected by the 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to enroll in Medicare health and drug plans and health coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange.
The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board says a patent should never have been granted to Johnson & Johnson for describing a method of administering its prostate cancer drug Zytiga, thus clearing the way for generic competition.
Researchers at the Computer Science Department at Columbia University and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have figured out how to “data mine” restaurant reviews on Yelp to spot possible sources of food poisoning.
Among other provisions that will restrict coverage, Kentucky is also eliminating retroactive coverage for most populations, including those over age 65 and in need of long-term care.
This is an unprecedented change in Medicaid policy, as no previous administration has approved states’ requests to implement work requirements. This policy threatens healthcare for millions of low-income persons, including older adults who are not yet eligible for Medicare, people with disabilities and chronic health conditions, and family caregivers.
A representative payee is a third party who is authorized to receive and manage Social Security payments for a beneficiary who isn’t able to do so for themselves. Often, a creditor, such as a nursing facility or other residential facility can be appointed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to act as a representative payee.
During a telephone briefing this week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in the first week of January 2018, every state in the continental United States was listed as having “widespread” influenza activity… that’s the first time this has occurred in 13 years.” In addition, the CDC reports that currently the highest rates of influenza hospitalizations are for those aged 65 and above.
Study participants included 270 community living, cognitively normal men and women, between 62 and 90, with no active psychiatric disorders.
To shrink Medicaid eligibility and enrollment, the Trump administration is encouraging states to use Section 1115 demonstration waivers, which allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the states to test innovations in Medicaid and other public welfare programs without formal legislative action.
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