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pjohnf - BGA lawsuit aims to lift veil on IHSA finances - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Fine let's make the IHSA open their books and meetings to scrutiny but state government should not be allowed to control high school sports. Government screws up everything it touches and we don't need state government screwing up high school sports too.
XBgCty - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
How about if they get food stamps and a free lunch, the food stamp amount if lowered by what the free lunches cost. As that is double dipping. WHY should the taxpayers have to pay them twice of more for the same thing?
XBgCty - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If you get more then you paid in, it is an ENTITLEMENT. As it is someone else's money. If you get a deduction, you get to keep more of YOUR money. Liberals think the money people earn belongs to the government or other people, so if you get to keep some of the money you earn, liberals view that as an entitlement. There in lies the problem with this country. If you earn the money and you get…
AYHSMB - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
These kids would do fine on rice, beans, PBJ and any number of CHEAP healthy foods that people have been getting by on for millennia. I know. My parents raised 6 and everyone of us was skinny, healthy, and had a full stomach every day. We were eligible for every program out there at the time, but my father would have none of it. We packed our lunches until the school system wouldn't allow it.…
CoolEdge - Quincy School Board votes to raise lunch prices - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There should be no cheating of course, but this is one place where tax money goes directly to making it a little easier to raise kids. I'm for that. I'm for a subsidy/entitlement/credit whatever ... for families raising children, even if they have seemingly marginal need. Money for school lunches is a rather direct way of providing that, with no way to directly divert that money. I guess…

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Study shows hospice care saves tax dollars and meets patient need

1 year, 4 months ago by Bob Gough

Study authors suggest that investment in the Medicare Hospice Benefit translates into savings overall for the Medicare system

New research shows hospice care saves taxpayer dollars and improves care quality for Medicare beneficiaries. But locally, more patients could take advantage of this end-of-life care.

“The results of this study point to the important opportunity we have in this community to improve the available support and quality of life for individuals and their loved ones facing the end of life, while most effectively using Medicare dollars,” said Jeri Conboy, director, Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care.

Researchers from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York, looked at the most common hospice enrollment periods: 1 to 7 days, 8 to 14 days, 15 to 30 days, and 53 to 105 days. Within all enrollment periods studied, hospice patients had significantly lower rates of hospital and intensive care use, hospital readmissions, and in-hospital death when compared to non-hospice patients.

Study authors suggest that investment in the Medicare Hospice Benefit translates into savings overall for the Medicare system.

 “If 1,000 additional beneficiaries enrolled in hospice 15 to 30 days prior to death, Medicare could save more than $6.4 million,” researchers stated in the report.  “In addition, reductions in the use of hospital services at the end of life both contribute to these savings and potentially improve quality of care and patients’ quality of life.”

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) says the new study adds to the growing amount of research that reinforces the value of hospice care in terms of quality and cost savings.

 “While the results of this study focus on reductions in health care costs, it reinforces that we have a resource that helps people die where most of us say we want to – in our own home,” Conboy stated.

 “The use of hospice care in our community is much lower than the national average, meaning we don’t take full advantage of the benefit available to us,” she continued.  “We have a challenge to make the best of this opportunity and use Blessing Hospice care as soon as possible rather than waiting until the final few days of life.”  

Patients may enroll in Blessing Hospice as soon as their doctor determines they have six months or less to live.

NHPCO reports that more than 44 percent of dying Americans were cared for by hospice in 2011. Among these patients, 84 percent of hospice care was paid for through the Medicare hospice benefit.

www.blessinghospital.org/hospice

Blessing Hospital Public Relations provided information for this report.


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