Month: May 2015

No More “Terrible Choice”? Palliative Care on the Rise

  By Matt Perry It’s been called “The terrible choice” for the seriously ill. Choose hospice and imminent death… or treatment in hopes of a cure. But not both. That’s the choice many patients must make when faced with advanced serious illness. Those who choose to pursue a cure often go without palliative care, which provides the kind of pain relief, emotional comfort and social

Seniors turn to Tai Chi to improve wellness

In this story we go to Oakland where we spoke with seniors experiencing the benefits of regular Tai Chi practice. Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that many now turn to for exercise. Research shows that Tai Chi reduces stress and benefits people with many age-related diseases.

California Nursing Homes Split on Quality

By Hannah Guzik Among states with the largest numbers of seniors, California leads the nation in having the most high quality nursing homes, according to a new report. But the state also has a large number of nursing homes that scored poorly on a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services quality rating system, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s May 14 report. The report uses February data

His Aim is True

Garen Wintemute has dedicated his career to preventing firearm deaths—a problem that has held steady at epidemic proportions in the United States for more than a decade and accounts for an average of 30,000 deaths each year.

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik  Walking the beat to safety from gang violence in Cypress Park. What happens when victims of community violence leave the hospital? Denti-Cal cuts have resulted in a spike in ER visits. Hospital networks are smaller in Covered California plans, but quality is comparable. Health reform is changing how

Happier at 100 than 10

By Matt Perry When does old age begin? At 46. Or 87. Depending on whom you ask. That’s the latest from UnitedHealthcare’s annual survey of centenarians – those who have reached 100 — which offers some fascinating insights into the aging process with the help of this year’s additional survey group: 10 year-olds. The survey smacks down long-held misconceptions about aging: that old people are

Hospital Networks Smaller in Covered California Plans, But Quality Comparable

By Hannah Guzik  Covered California health plans offer smaller hospital networks than commercial plans, a recent study reports. The research backs up the claims of many enrollees who say their Covered California plans have narrow networks. However, the researchers add, the state marketplace plans still offer about the same level of geographic access to hospitals and in some cases allow enrollees to get care at

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik  Saying no to teen dating violence, one classroom at a time. State senators discuss how to end child poverty. Bill would require prescription translations, preventing dangerous errors. California debates extending health coverage to undocumented immigrants. How many Americans receive unnecessary or harmful medical tests? Computers can help with

Aging with Dignity: live alone or in a community?

By Matt Perry An overwhelming percentage of older adults insist on remaining in their homes as they age. Called “aging in place,” it’s considered the Holy Grail for families and governments alike. Older adults want the comfort and autonomy of home. Governments hope to keep seniors at home as long as possible, mortified of the financial burden low-income seniors become when they move into nursing

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