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Thursday May 19, 2011 - Issue #538

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Pinkies Up for Caregivers

Last week was the celebration of National Etiquette Week. Darn, I really wish I had known about it so I could have been more aware of how much kinder people were to one another.  I didn’t notice any increased etiquette around me last week; but since the week ended on a Friday the 13th, I think people just were trying their best to keep the evil spirits away.

Frankly, I think attention being paid to how we treat one another is a tremendous idea, starting with one week and hopefully lasting throughout the year.  According to the founders of the celebration:

National Etiquette Week is the national recognition of etiquette and protocol in all areas of American life—business, social, dining, travel, technology, wedding and international protocol. The week will raise awareness of all people to act with courtesy, civility, kindness, respect and manners as well as rally people to act with good manners in their everyday lives...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

At some point we’ve heard the phrase “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”  This keynote phrase first appeared in an advertisement for a service to help elderly or infirm people get emergency help without having to get to the phone.  Today, a number of companies offer the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), which can be a tremendous help to caregivers and loved ones...continued

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Guest Column

Joint Efforts-Exercise and Arthritis:
What Caregivers Need to Know

By Sean M. Kenny 

Exercise is beneficial to most of us, but exercise is especially vital to patients who have arthritis. Over 40 million Americans (1 in 7) have arthritis. Chances are good that you or your loved one may develop arthritis in the future. Let's explore the role of exercise with regards to caring for the arthritic population...continued


Creating Fun for Caregivers and Frail Seniors
By Lynn Howe

Your confined-to-home (or assisted living or nursing home) parent, just wants to have fun! You are focused on their safety, finances, medical treatment, medications, privacy, nutrition and therapy. You busy yourself with monitoring their progress (or decline) and doing everything in your power to keep them comfortable...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Lee in Ohio

As my husband's full-time caregiver, I want to share something I have learned about Insurance claims and appeals. My husband was in the hospital for over 130 days this past year; over 40 doctors saw him and 27 doctors were out of network. I managed to get all of his claims paid as in network. On his Medicare Advantage Plan, in-network hospital work is covered at 100 percent. Out of network claims are paid at 70 percent of the allowed amount (patient pays 30 percent). The not allowed amount is 100 percent patient responsible.
1. You must appeal the claims as soon as you get the eob stating the patient will owe money. Do not wait for the doctor bill. (I appealed these claims on grounds that we choose an in network provider and in network hospital and that the services of the out of network providers were directed by the in network provider and in network hospital; the patient should not be responsible for services he did not direct. ) 2. If appeal is denied, appeal until all appeals are exhausted. (Medicare requires appeals go to a state appeal review board if you keep appealing.) All $800,000 worth of claims were paid as in network;we only paid our hospital copay. Look for logical reasons to appeal.

From Sandy in Ohio
Each time I feel like crying or screaming, I pray for God to give me wisdom, strength and faith to continue the task he has given me. God does not give us what we can't handle, He helps us handle what we are given. Its okay to get upset and sad, but don't let it bring you down too much. Look for easier ways to do things, look for time saving steps, and also know that some tasks just have to wait. Look for the things that can wait. May God bless you in your journey. Do your best and don't beat up on yourself for not doing more. You are only human.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Pinkies Up for Caregivers

Feature Article

Caregivers Lifeline
Guest Column

Joint Efforts-Exercise and Arthritis: What Caregivers Need to Know


Creating Fun for Caregivers and Frail Seniors
Sharing Wisdom



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