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EPSDT Program Update

Monday, 21 July 2014 08:59

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a bulletin which confirms that Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment services (EPSDT) program covers medically necessary services for children with autism.  The announcement clarifies existing law and is in response to the increasing demand for such services.

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Dementia Self-Assessment

Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:26

mom and daughterResearchers at Ohio State University developed a self-assessment test to detect signs of dementia that could help family members and physicians catch symptoms in the early stages of the disease.  This type of assessment could allow families to begin planning for health care expenses so they can manage finances while the affected individual is still capable of discussing money matters.

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Sonja's Suggestions: Caregiving

Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:34

Sonjas SuggestionsMy heart goes out to caregivers.  It is an emotionally exhausting role, often causing family members to constantly worry about their loved one.  Will they be okay?  Did they eat enough?  Did they take their medicine?  Did I do this or that correctly?  It doesn’t stop.  And then there is the paperwork…..the never ending paperwork that always seems to be there and a challenge to complete.  Yikes!   How do they do it?!  It can be very overwhelming for them. 

Here are a few suggestions for these wonderful people:

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Casey Kasem – What Did He Really Want??

Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:42

docsThe recent death of Casey Kasem made me think about how things can still go wrong even when we believe that we have prepared for the inevitable.

Casey Kasem, a popular radio host, recently passed away at age 82. Many of us remember him as the voice of “American Top 40,” a weekly radio show on which Casey read listener dedications while counting down the hits. The listener dedications were emotional tributes to a loved one, often choking me up.

Although Casey retired in 2009, he made headlines in the months leading up to his death as his family fought about his end of life care. The battle arose between Casey’s children and his wife, their stepmother. Casey was suffering from Lewy Body dementia, a progressive brain disorder. He had also developed sepsis, a life threatening infection. His children wanted to discontinue Casey’s treatment, while his wife, Jean, fought for continued treatment. Both sides claimed their method was what Casey would have wanted. Eventually, Casey’s daughter was appointed guardian for Casey and, as guardian, she had his treatment discontinued. Casey died a few days after.

Sadly, this is not the first time we have read or heard about a family at odds over end of life treatment for a family member who no longer has capacity to communicate his or her wishes.

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