An EHR-embedded COVID-19 patient discharge protocol standardized care and follow-up at the University of Colorado Hospital and 11 other UCHealth hospitals. Of the more than 400 patients discharged from late April to June 2020, 4% were readmitted and 3% visited an emergency department within 30 days of discharge, primarily for venous thromboembolism, researchers reported in the American Journal of Medical Quality.
More women were major characters or had speaking roles in films from 2019 to 2020, but only 6% of movies had female characters age 60 and older, compared with 10% for men, according to the "It's a Man's (Celluloid) World" report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. "The tendency to feature younger female characters in films emphasizes the value of their youth and appearance at the expense of allowing females to age into positions of personal and professional power," said Executive Director Martha Lauzen.
Younger women who stopped coloring their graying hair during the pandemic have embraced the idea of going gray, a concept usually associated with aging, and formed the Silver Sisters group to support and mentor each other through the process. Journalist Maura Judkis writes that there's more to being a Silver Sister than gray hair as it also means "grappling with what people expect from a woman who ages."
Retirement experts say while doing nothing in retirement sounds appealing, it can be beneficial for people to have a daily routine or schedule to ensure they're getting the most of their retirement years. "Retirees can go crazy when they are unmoored from schedules and structures," says psychologist Ken Dychtwald, founder of Age Wave.
The pandemic has highlighted opportunities to improve oral health care for people in long-term-care settings, the Gerontological Society of America said in a report. Among the trends that could see wider use in the future are greater reliance on mobile dentistry, allowing dentists to provide vaccinations, changes to management of oral health care for frail adults, expanded Medicaid coverage, and use of teledentistry for triage and other purposes, according to the report.
A report from insurer UnitedHealth Group found people who had Medicare Advantage plans spent 40% less per year on health costs, including premiums and out-of-pocket costs, when compared with those in the regular Medicare program. The report said health care spending is an important factor when older adults choose between Medicare Advantage and regular Medicare because half of Medicare beneficiaries live on fixed annual incomes of less than $29,650.
The Senate Finance Committee is set to hold a confirmation hearing Thursday for Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the Biden administration's nominee for CMS administrator. Brooks-LaSure previously worked in the HHS Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, was on staff at the House Ways and Committee and was at the CMS' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.
AHIMA and the American Hospital Association collaborated on the COVID-19 FAQ section attached to the latest AHA Coding Clinic on ICD-10-CM/PCS. Health information management, coding and clinical documentation integrity professionals should read the latest issue in full and discuss it with all coding and CDI staff, submit questions, check the AHA or AHIMA website weekly for FAQ updates, and schedule a coding audit in the next 50 to 60 days, writes coding compliance consultant Gloryanne Bryant.
Interviews with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health clinicians and administrative professionals at four behavioral health facilities revealed seven common barriers and four common facilitators to EHR adoption. Barriers include low computer proficiency, complex systems and legacy systems, and facilitators include high system usability and effective training programs, according to a study in JMIR Formative Research.
Deaconess Health has cut its 30-day readmission rate from 14% to less than 7% since administrators decided to tailor a remote patient monitoring program to patients who would most benefit from it and replaced their legacy platform with a new, EHR-compatible platform. Deaconess used EHR data to identify patients with a 20% or higher risk of readmission and sent them kits with wireless devices for monitoring vital signs and a tablet computer for connecting with nurses who have access to a care management dashboard.