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Seniors not utilizing cheaper post-hospitalization options: Study

Seniors not utilizing cheaper post-hospitalization options: Study

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Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Less expensive care options for seniors recovering from severe and complex illnesses after hospitalization are not being utilized, according to researchers in Texas.Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern's Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Dallas examined Medicare data for 65,525 hospitalized adults over 65 receiving a tracheostomy -- a surgically inserted hole in the windpipe -- from 2010 to 2012. The findings were published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine.Fifty-two percent of the patients were transferred to long-term acute care facilities because of the severity or complexity of their illnesses compared with 15 percent based on hospitals and 33 percent on regional factors."We found that many older adults are being sent to LTACs based on ...
Offshore wind now cheaper than new nuclear

Offshore wind now cheaper than new nuclear

Business
The cost of new offshore wind power is set to fall by 50% over the next five years following the award of new government contracts.The results of the latest auction for new projects were cheered by environmental campaigners as the contracts - which guarantee a set price for power - tumbled to record lows.The cost fell to £74.75 per megawatt hour (MWh) for projects delivered in 2021/22 and £57.50 for projects in 2022/23.That compares with £92.50 MWh for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station - due to start generating electricity in the latter half of the 2020s.:: Hinkley Point C hit by £1.5 over-run and delayVideo:Hinkley Point costs to rise by more than £1bnThe results of the auction for 11 new contracts, which also included biomass and waste plant energy schemes, should help put do