Hospital Project Cover for Microsite June 23, 2011

About “Stuck in the Hospital”

June 24, 2011
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Yanick Rice Lamb wrote “Stuck in the Hospital” as part of the Health Performance Fellowship sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Commonwealth Fund. During the year-long fellowship, Lamb researched the challenges of transferring hospital patients to long-term care because of insurance issues, medical complications and other factors. Lamb interviewed patients, family member, […]

The Insurance Gap

June 23, 2011
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For three weeks, Khary A. Matthews has watched fellow patients come and go in a three-bed ward at Howard University Hospital, where he says he’s recovering from a seizure and meningitis. Like 50 million people nationwide, Matthews is uninsured. He also knows firsthand that the unemployment rate for African Americans is twice the national average. […]

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A Healthy Headstart

June 23, 2011
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Issues related to health and aging can be overwhelming, says Irene V. Jackson-Brown, a certified care manager and senior advisor in Washington, D.C. It’s never too early to get a handle on them. Encourage family members to start thinking about life issues as soon as they turn 18, suggests Elana Patton, a case manager at […]

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Are You Really in the Hospital?

June 23, 2011
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The growing reliance by hospitals on outpatient care over inpatient care has had a detrimental effect on Medicare patients who need more treatment. Medicare recipients are often ineligible for transfer to long-term care if they were outpatients and failed to meet the requirement of three days of inpatient hospitalization. Outpatient care lasting at least than […]

Posted in: Outpatient Care

Dissecting Discharge

June 23, 2011
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The devil is in the details when it comes to discharge. While a number of transitional care initiatives across the country show promise, discharge remains complicated — even when there are no medical or financial complications. With the advent of managed care in the 1980s, the consensus in the medical community was that the discharge […]

All Ages Face Growing Need for Long-Term Care

June 21, 2011
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By Yanick Rice Lamb Delayed discharge has traditionally centered around sicker, older and poorer patients. However, in today’s evolving economy, it can affect almost anyone who needs long-term care and has complicated medical needs or finances. Patients could become underinsured or uninsured. They could be badly injured in a car accident or fall. They could […]

Posted in: Long-term Care
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