Skip to main content

Patient Care Forum

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017

Authored by Editor on

From March 12 to March 18, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is sponsoring Patient Safety Awareness Week.  The theme for 2017’s campaign is United for Patient Safety to highlight and reinforce that everyone within the healthcare industry has a role to play in keeping patients safe and free from harm.  The annual Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign is a vehicle to recognize that one in ten patients develop an acquired condition during hospitalization and that medical error causes between 44,000 to 98,000 patient deaths each year.

Healthcare HR Professionals Recognized This Week

Authored by Editor on

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) of the American Hospital Association celebrates Heathcare HR Week during the week of March 12 – March 18.  ASHHRA is a professional organization with more than 3,000 members nationwide who are experts in the human resources field for healthcare organizations.  This recognition is important because of the critical role that human resources professionals play for healthcare organizations across the continuum of care.

5 Conditions That Can Be Treated With Physical Therapy

Authored by Editor on

When most people think of physical therapy, they associate the treatment with patients who are suffering from mobility deficiencies due to recent surgery, or helping patients manage chronic musculoskeletal ailments.  While this is all true, Physical therapy professionals will tell you that there are many conditions that can be treated by but are not typically associated with physical therapy.  Let’s examine some of these conditions.

What’s Next for Prescription Drug Costs

Authored by Editor on

We’ve all been there or have a friend or loved one who has been prescribed a drug to deal with a medical condition only to suffer a serious case of sticker shock at the pharmacy!  Even though millions more Americans have medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act or their employer's health plan, everyone is dealing with the continued rise of prescription drug costs.  Two things everyone wants to know are why are pharma costs so high, and what is being done to address it?

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Authored by Editor on

Currently, the United States Congress is out on their Presidents Day break.  Upon returning next Monday, February 27th, one of the hottest items on their agenda is going to be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Now that the Republican Party controls both houses of Congress and the Presidency, it would appear that they have an opportunity to affect major change to our nation’s controversial health care law.

African-American History Month Profile: Bessie Blount Griffin

Authored by Editor on

In recognition of African-American History Month, a healthcare professional that is exceedingly deserving of having her story told is Bessie Blount Griffin.  Born in 1914, Griffin’s varied career saw her following her dreams of becoming a medical professional.  She originally received nurse’s training at Newark (now University) Hospital in New Jersey and later studied Physical Therapy in Chicago.

February 14th is National Donor Day

Authored by Editor on

Did you know that almost 120,000 Americans are on lists waiting for an organ transplant and countless others are in desperate need of tissue, cornea, blood or platelets?  On Tuesday, February 14th, as you perform your daily lifesaving tasks as a nurse or other healthcare professional, think about those multitudes of individuals waiting for donation services.  Since 1998, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated February 14th as National Donor Day. 

February is American Heart Month

Authored by Editor on

President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed February 1964 as the first annual American Heart Month.  This month our nation’s attention will turn towards recognizing the dangers of cardiovascular disease.  Heart disease and stroke account for more than 17 million deaths each year, and while significant progress has been made since the 1960’s, there is still much work to be done.  Researchers expect the death toll from cardiovascular disease to rise to more than 23.6 million within the next 10 to 15 years.

Mary Eliza Mahoney: A Healthcare Pioneer

Authored by Editor on

In 1976 President Gerald Ford determined that African American History should be recognized throughout the month of February.  Now in its 91st year, this national recognition will include a celebration of the contributions and successes achieved by African Americans throughout our nation’s history.  In 2016, we published a recognition of African Americans who made important contributions to the healthcare field.

Top Five Healthcare Industry Issues for 2017

Authored by Editor on

As we start a new year, it’s time once again to look at issues that will be facing our industry in the year ahead.  With a new president being inaugurated on Friday, January 20th, the healthcare industry will surely be facing a year of change and adaptation.  We will save the upheaval surrounding the controversial Affordable Care Act legislation for its own article.  What follows is an examination of the top issues that will be in the news throughout much of the next year.

The Importance of Donating Blood

Authored by Editor on

Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month.  The American Red Cross is urging all Americans to roll up their sleeve and donate blood and platelets this winter.  Since this is the time of year for making resolutions, why not add to your role as a life saver by resolving to donate blood regularly.  Unfortunately, blood and platelet levels are at an all-time low forcing the Red Cross to issue an emergency call for donations on January 4th, 2017. 

Physical Therapy ICD-10 Changes for 2017

Authored by Editor on

While the rest of us celebrate the incoming New Year, many Physical Therapy providers will admittedly be viewing the calendar change with some trepidation.  The reason for the unease are the new ICD-10 codes and guidelines that take effect on January 1, 2017.  Most providers have been fully immersed in coding over the previous 12 months as the grace period for ICD-10 flexibility ended on October 1st. 

2016: Healthcare News Year in Review

Authored by Editor on

As 2016 winds to a close and before we welcome in the New Year, 2017, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the news, advancements, and trends that occurred throughout the year.  From major stories about runaway viruses to technological advancements allowing physicians to monitor their patients remotely, it has been a busy year for all of us who are part of the healthcare industry.  Let’s review the year that was 2016.

Shingles All the Way

Authored by Editor on

“Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh, o’er the fields we go, laughing all the way…” Chances are that you recognize these merry lyrics from one of our most iconic Christmas carols.  In fact, just humming the song can brighten up anyone’s day.  Sometimes the stresses of the holidays require something to lift out spirits. Unfortunately, for people who suffer from Shingles, it takes a little more than a cheerful song to ease the discomfort associated with the virus. 

How Safe Are Personal Health Records?

Authored by Editor on

Way back in 1996, when Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or better known as HIPAA, consumers believed that they could rest easier knowing that their personal health information and medical records were going to be protected.  And the protective measures kept evolving with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), signed into law in February 2009.

Are You Ready for the “Super Moon”?

Authored by Editor on

“I see the bad moon arising, I see trouble on the way” ~ John Fogerty, 1969

The song, “Bad Moon Rising” was written in 1969, by John Fogerty, the leader of southern rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Even though the song reached number two on the charts in September of 1969, it is fairly certain that those lyrics will be on the minds of ER Nurses all around the country on November 14th.  On this evening, the Moon’s orbit will bring it closest to Earth, since January 1948. 

Debunking the Myths of Working in Hospice Care

Authored by Editor on

The number of patients receiving Hospice Care services has grown steadily over the past twenty years.  Now, an almost $20 billion industry, hospice is expected to continue growing by 7.5% annually due to the aging U.S. population and patient preferences towards non-acute care settings.  Even with the rosy market projections, many healthcare professionals are reluctant to consider hospice care as a career path.  This reticence is mainly due to a number of myths about what hospice care is and isn’t.  Let’s dig a little deeper into this and determine if we can debunk some of the myths about working in hospice care.

What’s Next for Physical Therapy Patients?

Authored by Editor on

We’ve all read the news stories touting the benefits of physical therapy across the entire continuum of care.  Physical Therapy interventions are now being studied as a pain management alternative in the fight against opioid addiction, and even the burgeoning home health industry has found its way to PT providers.  These topics have been in industry news a lot lately, but there are many other emerging trends on the horizon for physical therapy that you may not have heard about yet; let’s take a look at just a few of them.