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More Seniors Being Held for Observation

A new study finds that more elderly patients in the emergency departments of hospitals are being held for observation rather than admitted as inpatients. Pressure from Medicare to reduce unnecessary hospitalization may be driving the trend. But being classified as an outpatient, rather than being admitted, can increase out-of-pocket costs for patients. The study is reported in the June edition of Health Affairs.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Nobody wins when patients stay in the hospital unnecessarily, so the federal government in recent years has pushed hospitals to be careful about admitting Medicare recipients as inpatients. The apparent result is that more patients are being “held for observation” instead, according to a new study by Brown University gerontologists. While the shift in how hospitals care for elderly patients in the emergency department may reduce costs to Medicare, it can also increase out-of-pocket expenditures for patients. (more…)

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gloStream: Reinventing Medical Record-Keeping

*BizSpark One startup delivers software that’s easy for doctors to use.*

REDMOND, Wash. — June 7, 2011 — Storing paper-based medical records and managing complex compliance regulations are cumbersome tasks that consume large amounts of time medical professionals would rather spend treating patients.

Recognizing an opportunity with massive global implications, BizSpark One startup gloStream is developing software that has the potential to transform the medical industry. By embedding the familiar Microsoft Office interface into its software, gloStream is making it easier for doctors and clinics to store medical records electronically while ensuring regulatory compliance. (more…)

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Timely Depression Diagnosis Critical to Maintain Health of Elderly

*MU researchers find non-mood changes related to depression in elderly* 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Depression affects approximately 30 to 40 percent of nursing home residents, but it often goes unrecognized, according to American Geriatrics Society, which can lead to lower quality of life or even suicide. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found a series of indicators, other than changes in mood that are associated with the development of depression in nursing home residents. 

“Prompt diagnosis and treatment of depression is essential to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents,” said Lorraine Phillips, assistant professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing. “Many elderly people develop certain clinical characteristics at the same time they develop depression. Understanding these changes is essential to quickly and accurately diagnosing depression in nursing home residents.”  (more…)

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