Monday, June 20, 2016

Dying In A Hospital Means More Procedures, Tests And Costs

Alison Kodjak in a June 15, 2016 NPR post:
People who die in the hospital undergo more intense tests and procedures than those who die anywhere else.
An analysis by Arcadia Healthcare Solutions also shows that spending on people who die in a hospital is about seven times that on people who die at home. 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Americans are dying at the highest rate in more than a decade

Jen Christensen, in a 6.3.16 CNN report:
Americans died at a higher rate in 2015, news that comes as a surprise to experts who are used to seeing a decline in the number of deaths.
The age-adjusted death rate was 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, compared with 723.2 in 2014.
According to Ms. Christensen:

This current data don't get at the demographics of the deaths, and a one-year increase in the death rate is not enough to tell us whether it's an anomaly or something else is going on with American's health. But it is a rare enough event that the experts are sure to be watching for additional trends.