Share of Cost, Medicare Beneficiaries With Advanced Lung Cancer

Sunday, Jan. 21st 2018 6:03 AM

Characterizations of average end-of-life care for people with cancer can obscure important differences in patients’ experiences. Using Medicare claims data for 14,257 patients diagnosed with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer in the period 1995–2009, we used latent class analysis to identify classes of people with different care patterns. We characterized care trajectories from diagnosis to death using time spent in five care settings—home, hospital inpatient unit (acute), hospital intensive care unit (ICU), postacute skilled nursing facility, and hospice—and transitions across these settings. We identified four classes of patients: 66 percent spent the time primarily at home, 11 percent were primarily in hospice, 17 percent were largely in an acute setting, and 6 percent were largely in an ICU. Patients in these classes differed significantly in terms of baseline clinical characteristics, survival length, time spent in hospice, site of death, and spending. The findings show substantial heterogeneity in patterns of care for patients with advanced cancer, which should be accounted for in efforts to improve end-of-life care.

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Share of Cost, A National Profile of End-of-Life Caregiving In The United States

Friday, Jan. 19th 2018 5:03 AM

To date, knowledge of the experiences of older adults’ caregivers at the end of life has come from studies that were limited to specific diseases and so-called primary caregivers and that relied on the recollections of people in convenience samples. Using nationally representative, prospective data for 2011, we found that 900,000 community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries ages sixty-five and older who died within the following twelve months received support from 2.3 million caregivers. Nearly nine in ten of these caregivers were unpaid. Compared to other caregivers, end-of-life caregivers provided nearly twice as many hours of care per week and, especially in the case of spousal caregivers, reported more care-related challenges. Yet older adults at the end of life were not significantly more likely than other older adults to receive caregiving funded by government, state, or private insurance. To meet the needs of older adults at the end of life, their unpaid caregivers must receive greater recognition and expanded access to supportive services.

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Share of Cost, Understanding the Various Types of Individual Dental Insurance

Wednesday, Jan. 17th 2018 6:33 AM

Finding the right value in individual dental insurance or dental plans is an important step in purchasing dental coverage for you and your family.

Both types of individual dental insurance plans have advantages and disadvantages and one size does not fit everyone. Keeping this in mind is an important rule when you shop for the dental plan that best fits your needs.

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Share of Cost, Advanced Illness and End-Of-Life Care

Monday, Jan. 15th 2018 6:03 AM

Health care systems worldwide are facing macro-scale changes involving advanced illness and end-of-life care that could affect both the quality of care and the quality of life for patients and their caregivers. For example, growth in mortality from cancer and Alzheimer disease, along with the increased prevalence of multiple morbidities for those near the end of life, raise questions about how the health system will provide adequate care and pain relief for patients, and addresses the needs of their caregivers–many of whom are unpaid family members. In addition, despite a growing tendency for people to prefer hospice and other lower-intensity options to cope with advanced illness and the relatively small share of excess spending that goes to individuals near the end of life, cost remains a concern. This is particularly true in the United States, where per capita medical spending in the last twelve months of life is $80,000–substantially higher than in comparable developed nations.

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Share of Cost, Know how to Change from a Marketplace Plan to Medicare.

Saturday, Jan. 13th 2018 11:42 AM

If you are currently enrolled in Marketplace plan, you should most likely drop the Marketplace plan and enroll in Medicare when you are first eligible. There are a few reasons why:

  • If you do not enroll in Medicare when you are first eligible, you may have a late enrollment penalty when you sign up later. You may also experience gaps in health insurance coverage.
  • Marketplace plans do not work with Medicare. If you keep your Marketplace plan, it may not cover you once you are eligible for Medicare
  • Once you are eligible for premium-free Medicare Part A, you will no longer be eligible to receive cost assistance for your Marketplace plan. Although you may keep your Marketplace plan after becoming eligible for Medicare, it can be very expensive without cost assistance.

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Share of Cost, Individual – Family Dental Insurance Plan Quotes

Thursday, Jan. 11th 2018 7:34 AM

Buying individual dental insurance or family dental insurance plans does not have to be a painful process because most dental insurance plans offer low cost monthly payment options with immediate or next dental coverage. ShareofCost.com a dental specialist in individual dental insurance and affordable low monthly family dental insurance and dental discount plans, vision and prescription coverage programs. We have been serving the dental insurance community since 1983, you will find our licensed dental insurance agents ready to assist you.

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Share of Cost, Understand how the Marketplace Affects Your Medicare Coverage.

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 6:31 AM

If you are eligible for Medicare, you should not use the Marketplace to get health and drug coverage, with two exceptions. If you are eligible for Medicare because you have End-Stage Renal Disease (kidney disease that requires dialysis or transplant) or you have to pay a premium for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance), you can choose to enroll in a Marketplace plan instead of Medicare.

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Share of Cost, Know What The Health Insurance Marketplaces Are.

Sunday, Jan. 7th 2018 6:14 AM

The Health Insurance Marketplaces were created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They allow people to buy insurance if they do not have insurance or do not have enough insurance. You can access the Marketplace online or over the phone. Some states have their own Marketplaces, and other states use the federal Marketplace to provide coverage. Plans sold through Marketplaces are also known as Qualified Health Plans, or QHPs.

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Share of Cost Types of Individual Dental Insurance

Friday, Jan. 5th 2018 10:43 AM

All types of individual dental insurance and family dental is covered by affordable insurance plans and you can find a local dental office near you. We have dental associates that can explain the services, discounts, and coverage. There are over 100+ dental plans to fit your monthly budget. Some offer a cheap price and yet have the best dental providers.

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Share of Cost, Navigating Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace

Wednesday, Jan. 3rd 2018 9:03 AM

Many people purchase their health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Yet when people become eligible for Medicare, there is little notification and thus much confusion on how and when to make the transition to this federal health care program. Below is some information with 3 main points and several action tips put together by the national SHIP Tech Center, the Senior Medicare Patrol National Resource Center and Medicare Rights Center on Health Insurance Marketplaces and how they affect Medicare. This information can help you can make informed decisions about your Medicare enrollment. For questions and/or assistance, contact your local Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP).

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Share of Cost, Orthodontist Dentist

Tuesday, Nov. 21st 2017 7:02 AM

Orthodontist is concerned with the treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. If your dentist says you need to see an orthodontist, it means you have some irregular dental development, missing teeth or other developmental abnormalities that are in need of correction. Chances are you will be fitted for braces, a frequently relied upon treatment designed to establish normal function and appearance of your teeth and jaws

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Share of Cost, Abdominal Pain Due to Crohn’s Disease

Sunday, Nov. 19th 2017 6:54 AM

Crohn’s causes inflammation of the digestive tract lining, which results in pain, gas, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and bloating. Given its chronic nature, the condition may lead to malnutrition, causing weight loss and exhaustion.

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Share of Cost, Dental Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon

Friday, Nov. 17th 2017 10:53 AM

An oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is an oral surgeon who diagnoses and operates on disease, injuries and defects in the mouth, jaw and face, generally through surgical extraction and reconstruction.

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Share of Cost, Dental Endodontist Specialists

Wednesday, Nov. 15th 2017 10:41 AM

An endodontist specialist takes care of you when you need a root canal normally when a general dentist refers you. However, that is not all endondontists do. An endondontist dentist also deal with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of other diseases and injuries to the pulp, which is the internal soft tissue of the tooth.

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Share of Cost, Dental Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Specialists

Monday, Nov. 13th 2017 7:31 AM

Oral and maxillofacial radiology is a type of specialist that helps to diagnose a wide variety of diseases in the head and neck through the use of  X-rays, computed tomographic investigations (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), and other imaging technologies.

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Share of Cost, Dental Specialists

Saturday, Nov. 11th 2017 6:30 AM

A dentist may be the only person you need to know in reference to your oral health. However there may come a time where you will need to see a specialist.  It is a good idea to make sure that your dental insurance plan provides some benefits with regards to having dental work done by a specialist.

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