Epic Health Services Acquires Georgia Pediatric Care Company

Another day, another new service line for the aggressively growing Epic Health Services. The company on Thursday announced the acquisition of Pediatria Healthcare for Kids, a Georgia-based pediatric home healthcare company that offers skilled nursing and therapy services. It also offers those services beyond in the home, in a center-based outpatient setting. Epic previously had nothing like that before this acquisition. Full Story

Study Links Midlife Obesity To Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers for the journal Molecular Psychology studied data from 1,394 patients who were an average age of 60, 142 of whom developed Alzheimer’s disease. They write that each unit increase in the patient’s Body Mass Index (BMI) after 50 was found to accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s by a rate of 6.7 months. Full Story

Challenges Remain In Caring For The Elderly After Legislature Adjourned

When the 84th Texas Legislature convened in January, officials with the Health and Human Services Commission told lawmakers that long-term nursing care for Medicaid recipients in the state had a $343 million funding hole. By the time it adjourned, the $61.2 billion budgeted over two years for Medicaid didn’t include more funds for long-term care. And elder care advocates are worried about the same challenges being exacerbated over the next two years. Full Story