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Trends in Hospital Patient Care

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The Health Care industry continues its rapid evolution partly in response to legislative changes and also due to technological advances and financial pressures.  As one would expect with all of the industry tumult, patient care is undergoing its share of change as well.  Let’s take a brief look at four emerging trends hospital patients are seeing in 2017.

National Backpack Awareness Day™

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This school year, there are more than 80 million students across the United States back in school.  If you take a close look at some of these students, you will see that many of them are struggling under the weight of their overloaded backpack.  Further, each year more than 22,000 students suffer strains, sprains, dislocations, and fractures from overloaded, incorrectly sized, or improperly worn backpacks. 

Latest Technology in Home Health Care

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There is probably no sector of the Health Care industry undergoing more change right now than Home Health.  Much of the changes are being driven by technology but maybe not the technology that immediately comes to mind.  Let’s take a look at how the Home Health Care industry is being impacted more and more by technology every year.

What’s Next for Health Care Reform?

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Over the past several years, we have occasionally used this blog space to keep you up-to-date on the developments in Washington regarding the Affordable Care Act and the legislative efforts to reform the health care system.  As you probably know, the Congress failed to pass legislation designed to repeal the ACA and replace it with new Republican-drafted legislation.

Preventing the Preventable

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The measles virus is serious. It is a potentially deadly and highly contagious. Measles is so contagious that 90% of people who have not been immunized can become infected. Additionally, the disease can live for up to two hours in the in the environment where an infected person coughed or sneezed.

Effective Patient Communication and Better Outcomes

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As the healthcare industry undergoes seemingly constant change, there is one constant that doesn’t change.  The role the nurse plays in patient satisfaction and being the face of caring is something that will never change.  Nurses spend the most time with patients and upon discharge, the care they received from the nurse, more than anyone else they’ve encountered, will be what they remember the most.

What You Need to Know about National Immunization Awareness Month

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Starting August 1st, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asks Americans to turn their attention towards the importance of vaccinations through National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).  Annually, August is the month for this important observance to coincide with millions of school age children returning to the halls of learning. 

School Nurses and Therapists: Tips for Creating a Successful Program

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The 2017 – 2018 school year is right around the corner, and district nurses and therapists are busy getting their programs prepared.  If you are new to working in a school setting, you will quickly find out that it takes some planning to stay organized throughout the year.   Below are a few tips for school nurses and therapists to help them get organized and create a successful program.

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.