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CT Ranks High On Long-Term Elder Care, But Caregivers’ Needs Not Met

Connecticut outperforms most states in addressing elder long-term care, but needs to improve support for family caregivers, transitions between hospitals and other settings and affordability of nursing homes, according to a national report card. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Delays at VA Facilities Triple

The number of cases delayed at Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities in Connecticut nearly tripled in the span of a month, according to data released Monday by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. The new data, offered by Blumenthal at a press conference in Hartford, are the latest indicators of problems in VA’s health care system. The senator has been seeking facility-specific results of an audit conducted by the agency in May. The audit was conducted amidst revelations that staff within the VA system in Arizona falsified records to conceal the agency’s inability to meet deadlines in providing healthcare services to veterans. Read the report by ctnewsjunkie.com here. Continue Reading →

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Five Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care

Five nursing homes were fined by the state Department of Public Health for lapses in care that resulted in harm to residents. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Feds Issue Rules To Protect Seniors Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Plans

UnitedHealthcare’s decision last fall to drop thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage plans in Connecticut and across the country has spurred Medicare officials to improve protections for seniors who lose their doctors. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Over-The-Counter Drugs: A Prescription For Confusion

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At Able Care Pharmacy & Medical Supplies in Enfield, Ashraf Moustafa often tries to avert disasters involving drugs displayed on his store’s shelves. Moustafa, the pharmacy manager, recently spoke to an elderly woman seeking ways to treat dark blue patches on her arms. Instead of suggesting any remedies, he asked the woman what medicines she was taking and discovered that she was dangerously mixing over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs with aspirin and the prescription blood thinner, Plavix. He sent the woman to the hospital, fearing that she was suffering from internal bleeding. “People have the impression that if a drug is approved for over-the-counter use, then it must be much safer than prescription medicine,” Moustafa says. “That’s when trouble happens.”

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Girls Are Getting The HPV Vaccine, But Disparities Persist

When it comes to vaccinating adolescent females against human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted disease known to be the main cause of cervical cancer, Connecticut boasts a slightly higher participation rate than the national average. (more…) Continue Reading →

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