Health

VNA Care Choices—An Innovative Approach to Care


Many seniors and family members of individuals who suffer from life-limiting illnesses must choose between the support services provided through hospice care or curative treatment. Fewer than half of eligible Medicare beneficiaries use hospice care and most only for a short period of time. Under current Medicare payment rules, individuals are not able to receive...
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Good Health is More Than What You Eat


(NewsUSA) - Behavioral health issues are more common today. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, about 25 percent of all adults in the United States have a mental illness and 50 percent will develop one in their lifetime. Mental health diseases affect not only the mind, but the body too. The U.S. Centers for...
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Championing the Right to Age Well


(NewsUSA) - In 1967, one of today's most iconic runners made her mark in history. Despite an angry official who tried to push her off the course of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer defiantly ran on, broke barriers and became the first woman to officially complete the legendary race. Today, at the age of 70, Switzer continues to...
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Going With Your Gut — Virtual Colonoscopy Simplifies Cancer Screening


(NewsUSA) -Did you know that colorectal cancer is expected to kill more than 50,000 American men and women this year? But there is hope. Colorectal cancer is often preventable. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly all of these cancers start as "polyps"-- growths inside the colon or rectum. If people 50-and-older get screened, these can...
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A Life Half Full: Aging With Optimism


(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As Americans age, one element seems to be key for their mental and physical health: optimism. That's the finding suggested by a new Humana survey, which asked Americans age 60 and over how they perceive the importance of various wellness traits. Although the survey uncovered many perspectives, the findings about optimism...
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What Poor Posture May Be Doing to You


(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Three days. That’s the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll from the overuse of prescription pain drugs. But the guidelines...
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10 Questions to Ask About the Medicines You Take


(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – How many times have you been prescribed medication by your healthcare provider, only to arrive home to find that you’re unsure about possible side effects? Or the correct dose? Or the risk of taking the new medication together with other medicines you already use? Have you ever felt too embarrassed...
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Medicare Coverage for Medical Equipment


Medicare Part B covers medically necessary durable medical equipment (DME) that your doctor prescribes for use in your home. Only your doctor can prescribe medical equipment for you. DME meets these criteria: • Durable (long-lasting) • Used for a medical reason • Not usually useful to someone who isn’t sick or injured • Used in your home • DME that Medicare covers includes, but isn’t...
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Medicare Part B Coverage for Outpatient Therapy


Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps pay for medically necessary outpatient physical and occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services. There are limits on these services when you get them from most outpatient providers.  The therapy cap limits for 2015 are $1,940 for physical therapy (PT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) services combined; and $1,940 for occupational...
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Medicare Coverage for Home Health


Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B covers eligible home health services like intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, continued occupational services, and more. Usually, a home health care agency coordinates the services your doctor orders for you. Medicare doesn’t pay for:...
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