Weekly Roundup

This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

Those beautiful eyes actually could be to blame for an onslaught of complex medical conditions, such as memory loss, slower reaction times and even depression. Read the full story at The New York Times.

Yeah, we may be older. But we’re smarter than you! That’s according to Delaware Online, who points out that the U.S. population is not only aging, but becoming more educated. Today, more Americans over 60 have college degrees than ever before.

Senior Living News:

It’s becoming tougher to find a doctor, especially in rural areas, willing to accept Medicare. That’s because Medicare payments to physicians have been on the chopping block for Congress for the past few years, and providers are becoming more and more reluctant to risk losing substantial reimbursements. PolicyMic discusses the “Doc Fix” and what it really means to seniors.

Would you get a tattoo for medical purposes?

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No one wants a colonoscopy, right? Good news: A new study shows that CT colonography is just as effective as the standard method, a colonoscopy. Medical Xpress talks about the findings — and whether this new practice will be adopted by providers and insurance companies.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Caregivers can keep track of a loved one’s appointments, medications and other needs using CareZone, the latest foray into caregiving technology. ComputerWorld has the details.

Tech Roundup:

Pop question: What do tech geeks and doctors have in common? They both look to the root cause to solve a problem. The Montreal Gazette reports on a merging of the two groups in an all-out smarty-pants fest.

The Department of Health and Human Services is getting into the game. The social and tech game, that is. Todd Park, an entrepreneur, has been named the Department’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer, and he has big plans to take what was once a rather mundane government agency to new heights. BusinessWeek has the details.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

It’s true: Provider empathy is a major indicator of positive clinical outcomes. Check out this study by a professor at Thomas Jefferson University and a follow-up that determined it is possible to improve empathy as a skill.

It’s easy to blame the aging population on a host of society’s problems, including healthcare and a poor job market. But the reverse is actually true, as the Colorado Springs Gazette points out, noting that aging Boomers are a benefit to the economy.

Hospital mergers seem to happen nearly every day in today’s economy. But The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel weighs in with insights on the driving forces behind this trend and the potential effects of mergers.

Things that make you say, “Huh?” and our favorite unexpected news of the week:

Would you get a tattoo to notify emergency personnel of medical conditions and preferences? Tattoos are becoming a popular alternative to the bracelets most commonly used to alert others to special needs.  ABC News has the story.

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