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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D

Categories: Crime/Justice,Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-15-00180.pdf

Discusses the vulnerability of the prescription drug portion of Medicare to fraud and what has been done to mitigate the problem in the 9 years since the benefit was added.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Older Adults: Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure … Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

Categories: Elderly,Food/Nutrition,Medicare/Medicaid,Transportation,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670306.pdf

Reviews federal programs that allow older adults to age in their homes, how these services and supports are provided,  and agency efforts to coordinate such services. From the Government Accountability Office

 

Top Five Most Costly Conditions Among Adults Age 18 and Older, 2012….

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st471/stat471.pdf

Identifies the five most costly health conditions for adults and for elderly adults and provides cost figures for 2012.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Deaths from Unintentional Injury Among Adults Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2000-2013

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Statistics,Urban Issues

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db199.pdf

Describes trends in unintentional injury deaths among the elderly, highlighting differences by age, race, ethnicity, and urbanization for the five leading causes of injury death.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Part D Prescriber

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/Part-D-Prescriber.html

A newly available public data set with information on the prescription drugs that individual physicians and other providers prescribed under Part D of the Medicare Program.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

Advance Directives: Information on Federal Oversight, Provider Implementation, and Prevalence

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Religion/Ethics

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-416

Examines how the federal government oversees the use of patient advance directives by providers of patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid as required by the Patient Self Determination Act, what is known about the approaches used and challenges encountered, and what is known about the prevalence of advance directives and variations by provider types and patient demographics.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

2014 Annual Report of the State Board of Health

Categories: Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD1212015/$file/RD121.pdf

Includes discussion and statistics of such issues as access to health care, aging population, immunization, health disparities and environmental health in Virginia.  From the Virginia State Board  of Health

 

National Senior Investment Initiative

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://www.sec.gov/ocie/reportspubs/sec-finra-national-senior-investor-initiative-report.pdf

Focuses on the types of securities purchased by senior investors, the suitability of recommended investments, the training of brokerage representatives, marketing and other aspects of how investment firms deal with seniors.  From the Securities and Exchange Commission

 

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