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Older adult Medicare beneficiaries with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have increased health care utilization and costs

Health Care Utilization Up for Seniors With Untreated Apnea

Beneficiaries with OSA also demonstrate higher annual costs across all points of service
Routine troponin testing for acute coronary syndrome may not be warranted in elderly patients with nonspecific complaints presenting to the emergency department

Troponin Testing May Be Overused in Geriatric Patients

Findings show high false-positive rate in elderly with nonspecific complaints in the emergency department
Intensive systolic blood pressure control lowers the risk for major cardiovascular events

Intensive Systolic BP Control May Not Benefit All Older Adults

No real benefit seen for adults ≥80 years with lower cognitive function
Older adults commonly use online ratings to choose a doctor

Poll: Older Adults Frequently Use Online Physician Ratings

Two-thirds of older adults using online ratings chose a doctor due to positive reviews
A frailty index score based on the results of routine admission laboratory investigations may predict the risk for adverse outcomes among older patients

Frailty Index Score Helps to Predict Outcomes in Elderly

Increased score based on abnormal results of routine admission lab tests tied to readmission, mortality risks
A new set of quality measures can help health care providers identify older adults with type 2 diabetes who are at increased risk for hypoglycemia

Endocrine Society Releases Hypoglycemia Performance Measures

Quality measures help providers identify older adults with T2DM who are at increased risk for hypoglycemia
Hypothyroidism is significantly associated with increased all-cause mortality

Overt Hypothyroidism May Up All-Cause Mortality in the Elderly

However, no association seen between hypothyroidism and cardiovascular mortality
In a carefully defined cohort of patients aged 80 years and older undergoing spine surgery

Spine Surgery Safely Performed in Some Very Elderly Patients

In a carefully defined cohort of patients 80 years and older, 20 percent had perioperative complications
Death within five years of first unplanned hospital admission is common among older adults

Five-Year Mortality Up in Older Adults With Unplanned Admission

Among seniors, just over half of all deaths occurred in those with first unplanned hospital admission
Not all patients have access to new

Access to High-Cost Targeted Treatments Varies for Lung Cancer

Patients treated at a National Cancer Institute-designated center more likely to receive these drugs for lung cancer