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Study: Chronic Conditions Shorten Lifespan

According to a study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the more chronic medical conditions a person has at retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy may be. In the United States, 60% of all individuals ≥67 years of age have ≥3 chronic conditions.

According to the findings, nearly 4 in 5 older Americans have multiple health conditions, which may be cause for the slowing of life expectancy in the United States. Life expectancy is growing at a faster rate in other developed countries.

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Medicare Bundled Payment Initiatives Spark Interest

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will add approximately 4500 providers to approximately 2400 already exploring the possible use of bundled payments, nearly tripling the number of hospitals and medical groups set to test this payment system under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Inspector General Finds Problems at US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Facilities

Since 2005, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued 18 reports indicating scheduling issues, long wait times, and subpar patient care at US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities throughout the United States. None received as much attention or led to as much political scrutiny as the interim report from May 28.

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