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by Glenda Motta RN, MPH

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital—approximately 2.6 million seniors—is readmitted within 30 days, at a cost of over $26 billion every year.

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by Cathy Milne APRN, MSN, BC-ANP/CS, CWOCN

A lovely elderly woman came into the office last week with perfectly coiffed silver hair and a sparkle in her steel blue eyes. She said to me, “Dear, I love that commercial with the copper pipes!” Thinking that I missed the latest and greatest TV event, I asked her to describe it to me. “It doesn’t really matter that it was creative. I am those copper pipes.” Aha! A psychotic patient, I thought. She zeroed in on her goal. “I want that pill that helped the copper pipes! May I have a prescription for that today, Honey?”