Making sense of Medicare isn’t easy. Parts, A, B, C, D; HMOs; PFFS plans; SNPs. Navigating the system can feel like learning to code… blindfolded… with one hand tied behind your back. The point is, it can be overwhelmingly complicated. But at MD at Home one of our goals is to make quality healthcare easier to access and understand, so in this post we’re decoding the ins and outs of Medicare Advantage Plans, from A to Z.
No one wants to think about the likelihood of unfortunate events. Death, accidents, illness - we avoid these topics like the plague (both literally and figuratively). Why? Because they make us sad, because they make us uncomfortable, because sometimes superstition gets the best of us and we don’t want to tempt fate. But as difficult as they may be, these are important conversations to have with your loved ones or potential caregivers now, so that if and when the time comes, your wishes are clear. What we’re talking about is an advance healthcare directive. Here’s everything you need to know.
In 1930, house calls were standard practice for physicians, accounting for approximately 40 percent of patient visits. By 1950, this number had fallen to 10 percent, and by 1980, only about 1 percent of patient visits happened in the home. But as they say, everything old is new again, and with the coming demographic changes, it seems doctors may be making more home visits in the near future.
Diabetes and depression can each be conditions with devastation consequences on their own, let alone when a single individual suffers from both. Often times, the symptoms of one can exaggerate and accelerate the symptoms of the other, but fear not! There are a few simple steps you can follow to alleviate the symptoms and prevent the onset of both.
Pressure Injuries can develop quickly and often add a layer of complication to already complex medical conditions. Read more to learn how to identify and diagnose patients with stage I, II, III, and IV pressure injuries.
Despite being deemed as "Never Events," Pressure Ulcers (aka bedsores) continue to plague hospitals and homebound patients across the country. Understand what you can do to prevent the occurence of pressure ulcers and conform to Medicare guidelines.
If you're reading this in October, Medicare Open Enrollment is beginning again, and for many, that means changes to your healthcare plan. Even if you're already a Medicare patient, there are numerous plans that change or simply stop existing each year, so it's important to stay up to date with Medicare changes.