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Don’t Look Now, A New School Year is Right Around the Corner!

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For many school-based nursing and therapy professionals, summer is the time to catch up on continuing education and professional development.  In between carting the kids back and forth to ball games and practices, there might even be some time to put thought into refining your curriculum or schedule for the next school year.  Well, in case you haven’t been paying attention, we are rapidly closing in on the end of July meaning the new school year is right around the corner!  Deep breaths, no need for panic, there are still some weeks of summer to be enjoyed!

What is the Status of New Healthcare Legislation

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For months now, the daily news has been filled with stories about efforts to change the Affordable Care Act.  In the past two elections cycles, hopeful politicians from all over the country argued the merits of “repealing and replacing” the momentous health care legislation that was signed into law in 2010. 

Healthcare Risk Management in Practice

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Almost every major industry in the United States has some form of risk management as a component of their daily operations.  Arguably, in no industry is risk management as important as it is in healthcare, in fact, it can mean the difference between life and death.

Five Healthcare Topics to Watch in 2017

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As we find ourselves at the mid-point of the year, there has been a myriad of developments in the healthcare industry, including the imminent debate on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Since there seems to be no shortage of industry storylines, let’s look at five key healthcare topics to keep an eye on through the rest of 2017.

New Bill Introduced to Expand Telehealth Services

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In May, bi-partisan legislation was introduced in the United States Senate to expand telehealth and remote patient monitoring to Medicare patients.  The ‘Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2017’ (CONNECT) is intended to increase the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring while lowering costs for patients and providers. A 2016 Deloitte survey found that 70% of U.S. health care consumers are likely to use at least one form of remote technology.  More than half of those surveyed also stated that they are interested in utilizing telemedicine for post-surgical care and chronic disease monitoring.

National Nursing Assistant Week 2017

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Beginning today, June 15th, our nation will recognize the efforts and contributions of a very special group of healthcare professionals, Certified Nursing Assistants or CNAs.  Every day, nearly 2.5 million CNAs provide compassion and care to frail, elderly, chronically ill and others in nursing homes and long-term care settings.  CNAs embody what it means to be the ‘Face of Caring,' and now through June 22nd, we are encouraged to say thank you through various Nursing Assistant Week events and activities.

Wear Purple in Support of National Headache & Migraine Awareness Month

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If you do not suffer from headaches or migraines, it is a pretty easy assumption to say that you know someone or have a family member who suffers from chronic headaches or migraines.  June is recognized as National Headache & Migraine Awareness Month (MHAM) with activities and events planned to build greater awareness, educate the public and non-sufferers, and reduce the stigma associated with migraines and headache disorders.  The theme set for MHAM in 2017 is “The Art of Migraine and Headache Management” to illustrate how personalized treatments are for those who are suffering.  It is also important to note that no one is immune to headaches or migraines, even children who deal with lower self-esteem, depression, and social anxiety from their battles with headache disorders.

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day

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Although they may not interact with patients directly, health care recruitment professionals play an integral role in making sure medical patients throughout the United States are receiving the important care that they need.  Since 1991, the first Tuesday in June has been recognized as National Health Care Recruiter Recognition Day.  While we may be biased, we feel that Supplemental Health Care has the finest recruiting professionals anywhere.  In honor of Health Care Recruiter Recognition Day, let’s shine the light on two of our finest recruitment professionals.

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Men's Health, Skin Health, Cancer Awareness

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The theme for the month of June in the American Nurses Association (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse campaign is “Men’s Health, Cancer Awareness, and Skin Health.”  The ANA is bundling these three health topics to raise awareness of how each relates to men. These are important issues for both men and women, but overall, men are less likely to act proactively about their health.

Latest Tech Impacting Audiology

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Throughout Better Hearing and Speech Month, we have provided content on a variety of topics related to hearing and speech professionals.  In this article, we will take a brief look at some of the technologies that are impacting the field of Audiology and the patients that are being served.

Nurses Need Balance Between Caring for Others and Self

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As National Nurses Week winds to a close on May 12th, this week’s theme of Balancing Mind, Body, and Spirit should carry on throughout the year.  The American Nurses Association is recognizing the importance of promoting Nurse’s Health and Wellness Issues through their awareness campaign, “Year of the Healthy Nurse.”  We have been tracking each monthly health and wellness topic in this space, so please keep checking back for more information.

National Nurses Week is May 6th through May 12th

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Throughout 2017, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has been running a “Year of the Healthy Nurse” campaign.  That theme is continuing during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, as “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit” is the overarching message.  Since 1990, this weeklong celebration of the nursing profession has been held between National Nurses Day on May 6th and the birth date of Florence Nightingale, on May 12th.

Current Trends in Nursing 2017

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Everyone in the healthcare field knows that the one constant in our profession is change! From changing legislation and regulations to changing technologies, each year we see new trends emerge.  Nursing professionals are typically exposed to the most change as they are navigating the front lines of patient care.  Let’s examine a few current trends that will impact nursing in 2017 and beyond.

Better Hearing and Speech Month 2017

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Founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the month of May has been recognized as Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM).  This year’s theme: Communication: The Key To Connection highlights the need for awareness about communication disorders and the impact they have on an individual’s quality of life.  To put that statement into perspective, according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, approximately 46 million Americans experience a communication disorder.

Get Involved with Immunization Week

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Beginning in 1994 during the last week of April, a nation-wide effort has taken place to raise awareness about the critical role vaccinations play in protecting children and public health from preventable diseases.  Supplemental to the efforts here in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World Immunization Week, this year running from April 24 – April 30th.  This year’s Immunization Week campaign is themed #VaccinesWork.

5 Conditions You May Not Know That Can be Treated by Occupational Therapy

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We continue our observation of Occupational Therapy Month by bringing to your attention conditions you may not know that can be treated by Occupational Therapy.  Some of the most common conditions that require OT interventions are obvious.  Individuals with ailments such as Osteoporosis, Stroke, Developmental Delays and other such conditions all benefit from treatments planned by an Occupational Therapist.

Top Eight Apps Every Occupational Therapist Should Have

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Today, one of the most important tools any OT or OTA should have at their disposal is an iPad or another tablet.  With the prevalence of apps made specifically for healthcare professionals providing therapy to patients, it makes sense that a handheld device is one of the first things out of your OT toolbox.

April is National and World Autism Awareness Month

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For almost 50 years, April has been designated as the month to promote awareness and acceptance of the tens of thousands of individuals facing an autism diagnosis each year.  Autism month is recognized both nationally here in the United States and around the globe.

Celebrating 100 Years of Occupational Therapy

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Each year since 1980, the month of April has been declared Occupational Therapy Month. This year is a special celebration as the field of Occupational Therapy is celebrating 100 years! The new theme for the American Occupational Therapy Association is “Occupational Therapy: Living Life to Its Fullest™” and is exactly what the approximately 115,000 Occupational Therapists (OTs) and 41,000 Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides (OTAs) help their patients do every day. OTs treat patients across the lifespan by helping them regain skills after injury or illness, helping them adapt or overcome the challenges of a disability, and take a holistic approach to promoting healthier living.

School Staffing Team in Championship Form

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For the past several weeks, sports enthusiasts everywhere have been glued to the Men’s and Women’s Collegiate Basketball Tournaments.  This coming weekend, tens of millions will be glued to their televisions to watch the Final Four as the teams battle it out to see who will play for the championship on Monday, April 3rd.  As we watch these teams demonstrate their skills, commitment, and hard work it is important to keep in mind that they didn’t just start preparing for the tournament a few weeks ago.  In reality, their preparation started months ago, before the season even started.  That preparation and planning is exactly what Supplemental Health Care’s School Division is working towards right now in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year.