al.). According to Mooney et al., rural veterans travel farther to VHA hospitals than to non-VHA hospitals because of the 153 VHA hospitals in existence less than 38 of them are located in rural or highly rural areas. Buzza et. al., found three themes that influenced rural veterans ability to obtain VHA healthcare; the first is predictably distance, which is influenced by such things as age, health and functionality. Many elderly and disabled veterans can no longer drive and may not have access to public transportation or people who are willing to drive them such great
The incentives awarded had no clear demarcation for reason associated with awards. There was no data to validate these awards. These incentives ranged from a flat rate of $0.25 to 5 percent per consumer. In an effort to garner information on present and past programs of pay for performance in nursing homes, Briesacher et al conducted and extensive research of internet sites as well as a last ditch effort of interviewing individuals from the CMS, MedPAC, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to access as much information as possible. The programs identified were further analyzed if they met the criteria set forth by the researchers.
For example, less than one-half of the 2.5 million Americans aged 12 or older who abused or were dependent on opioids in 2013 received MAT with positive effects (Volkow, Frieden, Hyde, & Cha, 2014). Training on MAT needs to be expanded to providers to aid in decreasing the rate of overdose and abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides in depth detail as to where providers can receive this certification along with information on regulations and guidelines of the program. Oversight of treatment medications used in MAT remains a multilateral system involving states, SAMHSA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and DEA (Legislation, Regulations, and Guidelines,
Pharmaceutical drugs are something that millions of Americans depend on during a lifetime. Drugs such as the EpiPen by Mylan is one of the medications that can make the difference of life and death for someone with severe allergies. The EpiPen is an auto-injector that releases an immediate dosage of epinephrine (adrenaline) through the body that can reverse the symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction. There are millions of people prescribed with this medication every year, so one can assume that it should be easy to obtain, wrong. The price of the EpiPen has skyrocketed over 574% since 2007 and that makes it more difficult for people to afford it.
As I mentioned in previous paragraphs, no nationwide tactic is used to pay for the individual tests, but states have evidentially chosen their own course. For example, Florida does not punish those who return positive tests; however, they require those who fail to not only lose benefits, but they are not reimbursed for the test they paid for. While only a select few states have implemented drug testing for their welfare recipients, the program is evidentially catching on throughout the nation. Over the past 20 years, 15 states have introduced these tests and as results as publicized, it is only a matter of time before others join in on this money saving tactic. As Oklahoma 's Rep. John Bennet said, "It is now undeniable that drug-testing
About 62% of all individual bankruptcies are related to medical expenses. U.S health care spending is financed by a mixture of households, the federal government, businesses, state and local governments, and other private sources. This has increased the number of people with poor public health and has raised the overall amount of money spent on health care. The study also showed that without universal healthcare it would spark a chain of events that makes people insufficient to have the ability to participate in the political, social, and economic life of society. This would cause the country to decline slowly as one of the richest and strongest
Raising the Awareness of Medication Errors Introduction Medication errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, ranked behind heart disease and cancer. 1.3 million people are injured each year because of medication errors (Melissa Conrad Stoppler, 2014). Four out of five adverse events take place in hospitals. An adverse event is “an injury caused directly by medical management rather than the underlying disease or condition of the patient” (Kohn LT, Corrigan JM, Donaldson MS, 2000). Medication errors can take place in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor offices, at home, or while receiving drugs from a pharmacy.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have placed an unusual burden on the disability compensation program. Today, injuries vastly outnumber deaths when compared to previous wars. As of 2012, there were twenty-two million veterans living in the United States, 2.4 million of which had served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were approximately 3.5 million veterans living with some degree of a physical disability related to their military service, and nearly one-fifth of all veterans reported some level of psychological disorder. Approximately 200,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have filed for disability claims, straining VA resources.
Taking a medication or medications everyday of one’s life is not always an easy task. According to Benjamin (2012), “Seventy-five percent of Americans have trouble taking their medicine as directed” (p.2). Lack of adherence can cause a person their health as well as the health care system billions of dollars. An approximation of 125,000 deaths a year in the United States (U.S.) is due to medication non adherence (p.2). Benjamin (2012) stated, “nearly half of all the Americans-133million-people suffer from at least one ongoing or chronic health condition” (p.2) Therefore, it is important to help and prevent non adherence with medication for patients.