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American Heart Association says Seven Heart-Healthy Habits could save billions in Medicare costs

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – More than $41 billion a year in Medicare costs could be saved if all beneficiaries achieved ideal levels for five to seven heart-healthy habits to reduce cardiovascular risk, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

At least $41 billion annually in Medicare costs could be saved if beneficiaries adopted five to seven of the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 healthy habits to reduce cardiovascular disease.

At least $41 billion annually in Medicare costs could be saved if beneficiaries adopted five to seven of the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 healthy habits to reduce cardiovascular disease.

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American Heart Association says New Demo Will Help Remove Barriers to Cardiac Rehab

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – American Heart Association President Steven Houser, Ph.D., FAHA issued the following comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare Program; Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) final rule:

The treatment gap for CR and Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) is enormous. In 2013, only 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries initiated cardiac rehabilitation. Rates were even lower for women and minorities. (American Heart Association)

The treatment gap for CR and Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) is enormous. In 2013, only 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries initiated cardiac rehabilitation. Rates were even lower for women and minorities. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Medicare Should Compensate for Evidence-based Cardiovascular Disease Telehealth Services

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – A new policy statement issued today by the American Heart Association advocates that evidence-based telehealth services for heart disease and stroke should be covered by Medicare. The statement highlights the effectiveness of using telehealth to treat the 85 million Americans suffering from cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

Telehealth is defined as the use of telecommunications and information technologies to share information and provide clinical care, education, public health and administrative services at a distance.

CVD and stroke cost the U.S. health care system over $320 billion and $33 billion, respectively, each year.  (American Heart Association)

CVD and stroke cost the U.S. health care system over $320 billion and $33 billion, respectively, each year. (American Heart Association)

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Adds Hearing Benefits for Seniors in 2017

 

BlueCross BlueShield of TennesseeChattanooga, TN – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee intends to help the large number of seniors who suffer from hearing loss by offering high-quality, affordable hearing benefits in its 2017 Medicare Advantage plans known as BlueAdvantage℠.

In a partnership with TruHearing, a national hearing aid provider, BlueAdvantage members will be eligible for an annual hearing exam, plus two hearing aids per calendar year beginning January 1st, 2017.

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Frazier Allen: Can Taxes Scramble Your Nest Egg?

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – When it comes to retirement planning, we typically tally up our daily expenses – housing, transportation, utilities, food, insurance, healthcare, entertainment – and budget accordingly for enough income to cover those wants and needs.

But we may not factor in an annual expense we can’t avoid: taxes. One reason may be that our complex tax code treats various sources of retirement income differently, so it can be hard to estimate what you’ll have after taxes using back of-the-envelope calculations.

Proactive tax planning can help your retirement income last longer.

Proactive tax planning can help your retirement income last longer.

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Frazier Allen: Your Retirement Plan B

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Imagine this. You’ve spent decades working, saving and planning for your version of the ideal retirement.

But life decides to throw a little kink into your plans. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is now strongly encouraging you to take an early retirement – five years before you’re ready.

Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected.

Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected.

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Frazier Allen: Creating the Financial Plan for Those with Dementia

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – These five topics cover distinct financial-management issues and caregiving plans. Ideally, you will have these conversations with your loved one and that person’s financial advisor in the mild decline stage of Alzheimer’s, or even before the diagnosis.

If the disease has progressed beyond this period, you—or the designated power of attorney—may need to have these discussions solely with the advisor. It is important for you and the advisor to understand the source and destination of your loved one’s finances so you can help when the individual may no longer be able to communicate his or her wishes.

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of May 10th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data were mixed, but generally consistent with moderately strong economic growth in the near term. Motor vehicle sales rebounded in April, from what appears to have been an Easter-related decline in March.

The ISM surveys split; manufacturing a bit softer, non-manufacturing a bit stronger. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 160,000 in the initial estimate for April, below the median forecast (+200,000), but not horrible (note that the economy added 1.057 million jobs before seasonal adjustment).

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Frazier Allen: Beware of Costly Surprises in Retirement

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – Achieving a successful retirement requires not only planning for what you want to go right, but also for what might go wrong.

Many investors have found that retirement can bring on unwelcome surprises, some of them significant enough to derail a retirement plan.

Healthcare Costs: Expert estimates of what a couple spends during retirement for healthcare range from $400,000 to well over $1 million.

Planning ahead can help you get the jump on some of these surprise costs.

Planning ahead can help you get the jump on some of these surprise costs.

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American Heart Association reports Women, Men with Heart Failure both benefit from Implanted Defibrillators

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Women with heart failure benefit from implantable cardiac defibrillators as much as men, according to new research in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.

“Despite current guidelines recommending that health practitioners consider adding these devices to standard heart failure treatments in both women and men, women with heart failure have been less likely to receive defibrillators. These new data reinforce the existing gender-neutral guidelines,” said Emily Zeitler, M.D., lead author of the study and a cardiology and research fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina.

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

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