Under new guidelines, 80% of adults 65 and older will qualify for high blood pressure

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued a new guideline for high blood pressure, pushing the number of adults who qualify for this health risk factor from 75 million under the previous standard, to 103 million. High blood pressure is considered only second to smoking as a preventable cause of heart attacks and strokes, with heart disease in the lead as the biggest killer of Americans.
The new high blood pressure guideline …

How to help Alzheimer’s patients enjoy life, not just ‘fade away’

This article has been republished with permission from the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News.
Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease.
The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again.
Yet, a sizable body of research suggests this Alzheimer’s narrative is mistaken. It finds that people …

Hospice QRP: Quarterly update document now available

The HQRP Quarterly Update document for the third quarter (July-September) of 2017 is now available in the “Downloads” section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage. This document was formerly referred to as the “HQRP Quarterly Q+A document”, and was formerly posted on the “Hospice Item Set (HIS)” webpage.
This document reflects frequently asked questions that were received by the Hospice Quality Help Desk during the third quarter of 2017, as well as general HQRP …

This week: U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. As a key component of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship across multiple settings, including long-term care, this week, November 13-19, the annual U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week will be observed.
The one-week observance raises awareness …