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Program Helps At-Risk Seniors Better Prepare for Health Emergencies

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When older adults are exposed to hypothetical stories about emergency situations, they are more apt to think about what could go wrong and be better prepared.

When older adults are exposed to hypothetical stories about emergency situations, they are more apt to think about what could go wrong and be better prepared.

A researcher at the University of Missouri is using hypothetical scenarios to help educate older adults who live alone in rural areas be better equipped to handle emergencies.

Lawrence Ganong, professor and co-chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at MU,  designed vignettes, or stories, that demonstrated fictitious older adults in emergency situations. Ganong had members of the older adults’ support network (e.g., family members, neighbors or close friends), discuss the hypothetical scenarios with the older adults. He found that older adults who had discussed the stories with their support members created better emergency plans than those who only received emergency planning information from members of their support networks.

“Older adults want to be independent and live at home rather than in nursing homes,” Ganong said. “However, older adults living alone have increased risk of injury during emergencies. Adults living in rural communities are especially at risk because there are fewer healthcare professionals in these areas, less community support and slower ambulance response times.” Read more


Medicare Provider Compliance Newsletter Released

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The Quarterly Medicare Provider Compliance Newsletter [Volume 4, Issue 1] Educational Tool (ICN 908950) was released and is now available in downloadable format.

Medicare Provider Compliance

Avoid common billing errors and other mistakes when dealing with the Medicare program.

This educational tool is designed to provide education on how to avoid common billing errors and other erroneous activities when dealing with the Medicare Program. It includes information on corrective actions that health care professionals can use to address and avoid the top issues of the particular quarter.


New Medicare Web Guides

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Fast facts provide resources related to certain CMS initiatives.

Fast facts provide resources related to certain CMS initiatives.

A new fast fact is now available at MLN Educational Web Guides. This resource provides information on Evaluation and Management services; Guided Pathways that contain resources and topics of interest; lists of health care management products; and easy-to-understand billing and coding educational products. It is designed to provide educational and informational resources related to certain CMS initiatives. Please bookmark this page and check back often as a new fast fact is added each month.