University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Editorial Archives

May/June 2008  •  Volume 3, Number 3

From the Editor
A Simpler Life and Death (PDF, 2 pages)
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 19
Feature Articles
Medicare and Hospice (PDF, 8 pages)
Medicare’s hospice coverage and the benefits, funding, utilization, and cost effectiveness of the 3257 Medicareidentified hospices in the United States are discussed in detail with information from the Hospice Facts and Statistics of the Hospice Association of America.
 •  p. 19
Issues Related to Utilization of Health Care at the End of Life (PDF, 4 pages)
Although US healthcare providers can deliver highly sophisticated and technologically advanced care for the treatment and cure of many diseases and conditions, some patients reach a point beyond which curative treatment is no longer effective. Providers and patients alike must work together to recognize nearing death and consider how much care is appropriate.
Andrew Miller, MD, MPH  •  p. 27
Vaccination under Medicare: Physician Practices and Pharmacies (PDF, 4 pages)
In the third part of our vaccination series, several providers and insurers explain how they are managing vaccinations and the reimbursement process in their office settings. Future directions for vaccination coverage under Medicare are also discussed.
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD •  p. 31
Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2008 (PDF, 4 pages)
This first in a series of excerpts from the 2008 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, a report of the Alzheimer’s Association, defines dementia, summarizes current knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease, and briefly explains other specific types of dementia.
The Alzheimer's Association  •  p. 35
From the Desk of William Rogers, MD  •  p. 12
Case Study  •  p. 14
Clinical Guidelines  •  p. 15
Ask the Experts   •  p. 39
Medicare Minutes  •  p. 45
Technology & Information  •  p. 46
Quick Facts & Stats   •  p. 48

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