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Mercy-CR, UI Health Care Form Accountable Care Organization––Mercy Care Physicians

Mercy-CR, UI Health Care Form Accountable Care Organization

Linn County LIVING WELL Magazine

In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Mercy Medical Center and UI Health Care’s application to form a Medicare Accountable Care Organization was approved. The new ACO, formally named Mercy-CR/UI Health Accountable Care Organization, began operation July 1, 2012. […]

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Providing a home for seniors

Providing a “HOME” for our Seniors

It’s More than Just the Nursing Care
By Dana Olson, Executive Director of Laurel Manor Care Center, Colorado Springs LIVING WELL Magazine
Laurel Manor Care Center is owned and operated by Volunteers of America, a faith based, non-profit organization. […]

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Hospice: A benefit covered by Medicare and Medicaid – VNA, LIVING WELL Magazine

Hospice: A Benefit Covered by Medicare and Medicaid

By Robert Smith, VNA, Collin LIVING WELL Magazine
Often patients and their families are reluctant to discuss the option of hospice care with the physician when confronted with the diagnosis of a terminal illness. Don’t be hesitant to do so. Sometimes physicians and clinicians fail to suggest hospice until the patient is near death and the benefits are lost to the patient and loved ones. Your discussion with your physician about hospice should include your right to choose the agency you prefer. Remember, hospice is a service covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and some private insurance companies. […]

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Paul Mitchell, CELA: Medicaid will take my house and other misconceptions for spouses – LIVING WELL Magazine

Medicaid Will Take My House and Other Misconceptions for Spouses
By Paul Mitchell, CELA, East Denver LIVING WELL Magazine
Many of my clients are wives of the recipients of Medicaid. They have heard from their friends and social workers that Medicaid will take their house from them, that they must live on their own income without the support of their husbands and that they face bankruptcy because of the cost of their husbands’ care. […]