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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.

Are Caregivers Ready for ICD-10?

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On October 1, 2015, hospitals, physicians, and caregivers will be tasked with using a new system of documenting the condition and treatment of their patients. A recent study published by Porter Research found that 57% of survey respondents claim that they are NOT on track for the deadline. At the same time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is convinced that providers will be ready on October 1st.

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.

Is Better Sleep the Key to Patient Recovery?

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If you or a loved one has ever spent time in a hospital, the chances are you know that getting quality sleep is not always one of the patient experiences. Thankfully, recent studies are recommending that hospitals rethink their practices to allow their patients to get more quality sleep while under their care.

Healthy Aging for Healthcare Workers

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As American workers hold off retirement and stay employed longer, their need to remain physically capable takes on even greater importance. According to Department of Labor statistics, by 2050, more than 19.6 million American workers will be 65 years or older. This number represents almost 19% of the total U.S. workforce. For those in the healthcare industry, these statistics present even greater challenges in the near term.

September is Healthy Aging Month

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For the past twenty years, the month of September has been recognized as Healthy Aging® Month, an annual occurrence to raise awareness about the positive aspects of growing older. As the numbers of people age 45 and older grows every year, the focus of September’s Healthy Aging® Month is to inspire these adults to improve their overall health and well-being. Healthy aging includes more than just one’s physical wellness; rather it also encompasses a healthy mental, social, and financial state.

Nurses Role in Immunization Safety and Awareness

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Recent surveys conclude that more than 74% of parents trust the immunization advice given to them by pediatric health care professionals. Being on the front line of communication and care for the patient, nurses play a key role in providing that advice and helping guide parental decisions about their child’s vaccinations...

A New Conversation: Vaccines Change the World

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True, the absence of disease in our society has made us complacent. Without a direct memory of these events it is difficult to put this medical marvel into context. What many of us fail to realize is that our experience is the exception and not the rule. In many areas of the world where vaccinations have not become “routine,” parents and children continue to fear the very diseases we have forgotten. In 2013, it was estimated that 145,000 people (mostly children younger than 5) died from measles, a disease that has been preventable for over a half a century.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is celebrated every year throughout the month of August. NIAM events are an opportunity to highlight the positive effects of immunization and encourage people to protect themselves against infectious diseases by staying current with their immunizations. There are activities coordinated through the National Public Health Information Coalition for the entire month, with each week dedicated to a different stage of life.

World Hepatitis Day

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The statistics from the Centers for Disease Control are staggering. More than 400 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis, a virus that causes inflammation of the liver and contributes to more than 4,000 deaths each day.