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Category: Seniors

Medicare and Medicaid at 50

Jul 10, 2015 Tags: Medicare, Seniors

Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month, having made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care. While the Affordable Care Act fills the gap for people who don’t qualify for help from those two programs, there are important improvements still needed in both Medicare and Medicaid.

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CDC Urges Flu Vaccinations for All Americans Over the Age of Six Months

Oct 2, 2014 Tags: CDC, Child Health, Influenza, Pharmaceuticals, Seniors

Because less than half of Americans received flu vaccinations last year, according to a new CDC report, the agency is once again reminding the public that patients and caregivers of patients six months and older should be vaccinated. According to CDC’s September 19, 2014 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, only one-third of adults aged 18 to 64 received flu shots last year, Pharmacy Times reports. Influenza vaccinations are particularly important for persons who are at increased risk for severe complications from influenza, or at higher risk for influenza-related outpatient, emergency department, or hospital visits, according to information posted the CDC website.

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Independent Community Pharmacies Shine in Patient Satisfaction Survey

Sep 30, 2014 Tags: FDA, Pharmaceuticals, Seniors

[bluecross] Independent Community Pharmacies Shine in Patient Satisfaction Survey Pharmacist and staff interactions with customers are increasingly important drivers of customer satisfaction and greater spending in community pharmacies, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Pharmacy StudySM released last week. Across pharmacy settings, customer satisfaction is highest in the community pharmacy segment, averaging 840 on a 1,000-point scale. Satisfaction is higher when a pharmacy and patient collaborate on an adherence plan to help ensure that the customer does not miss a dose of their medication, particularly those with a 30-day supply.

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New study confirms the association between vitamin D and dementia

Sep 26, 2014 Tags: Fitness, Medicare, Pharmaceuticals, Seniors

The journal Neurology published an article describing the results of a study that confirmed a strong association between low levels of vitamin D and increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in elderly people in the U.S. Here’s a breakdown of the research. Background There is a lot of interest in understanding the impact of vitamin D levels in people with Alzheimer’s

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