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The Affordable Care Act: What to Expect in 2016

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Since being signed into law in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been slowly phased in towards full implementation.  While full implementation of the law is still a few years away, this calendar year, 2016, is critical regarding the financial impacts of the sweeping health care law.  Let’s review what to expect from the ACA in 2016.

2016 Trends in Healthcare

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Four months into the new year it is increasingly apparent that 2016 will be a big year for change in the healthcare industry.  From the unknowns presented by the upcoming presidential election to ongoing debates about the costs of the Affordable Care Act to changes on the business side of patient care, we are in for an interesting and challenging year.

Top 5 Benefits for Travel Therapists

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When most people talk about travel jobs for healthcare workers, they are referring to Travel Nursing.  In fact, Nursing specialties do make up the majority of healthcare workers who travel, but there are plenty of opportunities for Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and other Allied Professionals who want to be a working tourist.

7 Apps for Healthcare Professionals

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You probably already use apps on your phone to enhance your personal life every day. They are useful for anything from checking the weather to keeping in touch with relatives across the country. Apps can also enhance your professional life. You can carry a library’s worth of information in your pocket and keep up to date with medical news.

Helping School Districts Meet Special Education Demands

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It is anticipated that nearly six million school-age children will rely on therapy services and special education programs this upcoming school year.  As Supplemental Health Care’s partnership with school programs continue to grow, we are proud to announce the expansion of our Schools Division and the appointment of Keiley Giboney to Division Vice President of Schools.

7 Unexpected Perks of Being a Nurse

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Some jobs come with perks like a corner office, an on-site fitness center, or the occasional catered lunch. Being a nurse you might not get any of these, but you do have #BetterPerks that no other job can offer. Here are just a few of the many unexpected perks of being a nurse.

Best Ways to Talk to Your Patients about Heart Health

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One out of every three deaths in the United States can be attributed to heart disease and stroke, adding up to nearly 2,200 deaths per day.  Since 1964, February has been designated as American Heart Month in a nationwide effort to raise awareness and focus on making lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease.  As healthcare providers, and in honor of American Heart Month, let’s take a look at the best ways to talk to your patients about heart health.

The Affordable Care Act: Pros and Cons Update for 2016

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In this space in 2012, we examined the key pros and cons that were intended when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. While supporters of the law projected lower costs, fewer people uninsured, and increased access to healthcare; the results so far may be a little different. Let’s take a look at what is working and what isn’t for the six-year-old law.

Ten Times African Americans Made Healthcare History

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Since 1926, February has been recognized as Black History Month, a month-long observance recognizing the countless achievements and contributions to our nation by African Americans. Throughout history, there have been numerous celebrated Black Americans in the Healthcare field. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many:

Top 5 Reasons Healthcare Jobs Have Better Perks

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When you were making the decision to pursue a career in healthcare, you probably spent a lot of time thinking about the various benefits and perks that come with the job. You may have wanted to make an impact on people’s lives, or you’ve always had an innate desire to help others. Whatever your reasoning was at the time, the healthcare industry has continued to evolve and today the perks are better than ever. Let’s examine the Top 5 Reasons Healthcare Jobs Have Better Perks:

The Search for the Perfect Scrubs

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The start of the New Year is the perfect time to update your work wardrobe. Unfortunately, for nurses and most other healthcare professionals, this isn’t as simple as going to the mall and picking out a new outfit. Thanks to all the different materials, styles, and accessories, picking out scrubs can be harder than finding parking at the mall on the weekend. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you in your search for the perfect scrubs.

Take Stock and Plan for 2016

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This is the time of year when everyone plans for their New Year’s resolutions. Millions of Americans will vow to lose weight or quit smoking or to spend more time with their parents and loved ones. While it is always a good idea to plan a resolution to be healthier, it is also a great time to create a resolution for your career. Making a New Year’s resolution career-based gives you an opportunity to think about the “big picture.” By stepping back from thinking about the day-to-day, you are focusing on yourself for the longer term. This year, take advantage of the fresh start that January 1st provides and resolve to do something for yourself and your career. Let’s take a look at how healthcare professionals can prepare to make the coming year a success.

Supplemental Health Care #BestHolidayEver Cookbook

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First, we would like to thank everyone that sent us a recipe. So much of the joy that is shared during the holidays happens at the dinner table. It almost doesn’t matter what is being served as long as you’re with loved ones, almost. Here is a small collection of delicious treats straight from the Supplemental Health Care family. Bon appetite!

A Look at the Affordable Care Act: 2010 to Today

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The United States Government has played a role in our nation’s healthcare since 1965, with the passing of Medicare and Medicaid. In 2010, the role grew even more expansive when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. The clear intent of the ACA was to reduce the number of uninsured Americans and control the escalating costs of healthcare services.

Holidays in Hospitals

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With the holiday season upon us, most people’s thoughts turn to spending time with loved ones celebrating at festive gatherings filled with food, family, and life-long traditions. For those who will be spending some or all of the season in a hospital as a patient or worker, it can be a sad and lonely experience. However, holidays in the hospital do not have to be a bad experience. In fact, with the right attitude and a little planning, you can create a festive atmosphere for both your work family and your patients. Let’s take a look at ways that you can make the best of your time working this holiday season.

The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Managing Diabetes

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Each November, the American Diabetes Association sponsors a national effort to raise awareness and highlight treatment opportunities during American Diabetes Month® (ADM). Since 1940, the American Diabetes Association has led the mission to focus American’s on the impact and issues surrounding this chronic, debilitating disease. Today, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States suffer from Diabetes with another 86 million already at risk of developing the disease.

Infection Prevention: The Role of Healthcare Professionals

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In 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan designated the third week of October each year as International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW). Since then, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has coordinated the effort to raise awareness about the important role that health care professionals play in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.