General Health Care
A new tool known as the Brain Care Score (BCS) shows promise as a way to assess stroke or dementia risk without going through a medical procedure. The BCS rates how a person fares on 12 health-related factors concerning physical, lifestyle, and social-emotional components of health, according to a study published in December in the journal Frontiers in Neurology. The authors found participants with a higher score had a lower risk of developing dementia or suffering a stroke later in life.
Hear about Dr. Jessica Schuman’s mobile optometry practice covering the Denver metro–Mile High Senior Eyecare and Margie Guerrieri of Novir–provider of onsite vaccination clinics, testing and screening, virtual proctoring, and other preventative care offerings to the aging population.
Colorado is joining a pilot program called Making Care Primary (MCP) that was announced by the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs. MCP is designed to offer primary care providers up-front reimbursements and additional resources in exchange for transitioning to value-based care.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) says ACOs are groups of clinicians, hospitals and other health care providers who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to a designated group of patients. Referring specifically to Medicare-related ACOs, the Association says, “Coordinated care seeks to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.” …read more
Erin Emery, writing for the medical news hub UCHealth Today, confirms that anesthesiologists can find it more challenging to properly sedate patients who use marijuana—whether that be smoking, vaping, eating edibles or using tincture. The simple fact is marijuana can affect how anesthesia works. This is particularly true for chronic users, defined as those who use marijuana at least once a week.
In the latter half of 2022, many Coloradans became eligible for discounted medical care, thanks to a state legislative bill titled Health Care Billing Requirements for Indigent Patients. This bill established requirements for hospital discounted care for low-income patients. These patients have been given the opportunity to apply for financial assistance or charity care programs at the health care facility where they receive care.
Billing for hospital stays and other medical services has never been simple and clear for patients, and the picture has very often been made even murkier with what is known as “surprise billing” or “balance billing.” The names derive from what the happening literally is—i.e., an unexpected bill for an unexpected balance owed. The good news is that in the interest of protecting consumers, various measures have been enacted to rein in the extent of surprise billing by specifying when it can happen and when it cannot.
Disclaimer: The following article is for general information purposes only and not intended as medical advice. Always discuss your individual circumstances with your trusted physicians and other caregivers. A study
(The Story of Your Heart’s Spark Plug) As we age, our bodies will change. That includes our organs such as the heart, which is at the center of our being.