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Hospitals Step Up to Help Seniors Avoid Falls

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Hospitals offer classes that teach seniors how to reduce their fall risk.

Hospitals offer classes that teach seniors how to reduce their fall risk.

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults 65 and older, and 2.5 million of them end up in hospital emergency departments for treatment every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The consequences can range from bruises, fractured hips and head injuries to irreversible calamities that can lead to death. And older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again.

Despite these scary statistics, a dangerous fall does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Risk-reduction programs are offered around the country. (Jaffe, 1/12/16).

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KHN: Hospitals Step Up to Help Seniors Avoid Falls

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Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults 65 and older, and 2.5 million of them end up in hospital emergency departments for treatment every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The consequences can range from bruises, fractured hips and head injuries to irreversible calamities that can lead to death. And older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again.

Despite these scary statistics, a dangerous fall does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Risk-reduction programs are offered around the country. (Jaffe, 1/12/16).

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WSJ: Medicare Rules Reshape Hospital Admissions

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Return-visit rate drops, but change in billing tactics skews numbers, WSJ reports.

Return-visit rate drops, but change in billing tactics skews numbers, WSJ reports.

At Banner Health’s general hospitals, the rate of heart-failure patients who wind up admitted to the hospital again soon after leaving has been dropping significantly, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Medicare billing data.

So has the readmission rate for patients treated for pneumonia and three other serious conditions. … But this seemingly good news isn’t as encouraging as it appears. At Banner, based in Phoenix, and at hospitals around the country, more patients are entering or re-entering hospitals under something called “observation status”—a category that keeps them out of the readmission tallies. (Weaver, Wilde Mathews and McGinty, 12/1)

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