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Race, Age and Healthcare

By Miles Hurley | February 28, 2023

Over the past three decades, there has been a growing emphasis in the field of gerontology and aging studies to better understand issues related to diversity within and across racial and ethnic groups. This has resulted in a clear need for further scientific advances in the study of older adults  from diverse populations. Your race…

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Medicare Open Enrollment

By Miles Hurley | October 4, 2022

The Medicare Fall Open Enrollment 2023 season is here and that means your mailbox is probably getting bombarded with advertisements…it is truly a confusing time of year for most Medicare beneficiaries! Let us help you understand what happens during Medicare open enrollment. What is Medicare Open Enrollment? Each year, the benefits and premiums on your…

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How to Avoid Medication Mix-Ups

By Miles Hurley | June 28, 2022

I often fill my mother’s pillbox for her and am always surprised at the number of medications she takes. I do my best to organize them but worry about her taking them correctly and wonder what would happen if she mixed them up. It appears we have good reason for concern. So how do you…

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Home care vs Home health

What are the differences between Home Care and Home Health?

By Miles Hurley | February 15, 2022

Most older adults desire to “age in place.” What do we mean by this? Aging in place is a term used to describe a person living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able, as they age. This includes being able to have services brought into the home as care…

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Medicare Advantage Plans

By Miles Hurley | October 26, 2021

Do Medicare Advantage Plans Truly Give You an Advantage? This week we are continuing our conversation on Medicare plans and enrollment. When you enroll for Medicare, you will have two main options: Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage plans, or “Part C” plans, are a bundle plan that includes Part A (hospital),…

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Our Broken Care System: How an Aging Ally Can Help

By Miles Hurley | October 16, 2019

Last week’s blog explored the complexity of and potential changes to the nursing home admission rules laid out by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. There are specific requirements that must be met in order for Medicare to pay for nursing home care. These rules are complex and confusing, and mistakes can be costly.…

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Medical Transport by Uber Health

By Miles Hurley | March 2, 2018

Uber Health will get you from your home to your doctor’s office — and you won’t even need to open the Uber app. The company announced Thursday that it’s teaming up with health care organizations to provide transportation for patients going to and from medical appointments. The rides can be scheduled for patients through doctor’s…

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Lower Cost of Hearing Aids

By Hurley Elder Care Law | October 27, 2017

  It may take two to three years for the Food and Drug Administration to establish safety, effectiveness and labeling standards, but the cost of hearing aids will eventually be much lower, around $300 or less per ear. This lowered cost is due to the F.D.A. Reauthorization Act of 2017 which became law in August…

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The PSA Test for Prostate Cancer

By Hurley Elder Care Law | June 9, 2017

Five years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine blood tests to measure your level of prostate-specific antigens – the PSA test. The task force now recommends men 55 to 69 should talk with their doctor about whether to have the test. Following are highlights from an interview with Dr. Muhammad Nasir, Senior…

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Doctors Failing to Talk About Costs

By Hurley Elder Care Law | April 6, 2016

When doctors fail to discuss costs with their patients, it can undermine the patient’s health.

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