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American Diabetes Month: A Look at Treatment Advancements

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Each November is recognized as American Diabetes Month® to bring awareness to the chronic disease that impacts nearly half of all American adults.  Diabetes is an illness requiring lifelong management and Diabetes month sheds light on strength, courage, and determination of those suffering from Diabetes and also their caregivers.

Power Up for School Psychology Awareness Week 2017

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The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) wants to remind everyone that November 13 – 17, 2017 is School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW).  This year’s theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge to highlight how small positive actions, or sparks, create connections leading to positive change.

Protect Yourself for Flu Season 2017 – 2018

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The most dreaded season of the year is upon us, the one that has everyone young and old dreading its arrival and waiting for it to end.  No, I am not referring to the Holiday Season, I am talking about “Flu Season.”  According to the CDC, flu season typically arrives in October and can last until May.

New Technologies in Physical Therapy

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As part of National Physical Therapy Month, it seems natural to extend the conversation about the amazing care being provided by our nations’ Physical Therapists to also touch on new technologies that are or will soon be available.  As in every industry, technology is having an impact, and in the world of physical therapy, advancements are helping to improve treatments and provide greater access to care.

Turning Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Beginning in 1985, the month of October has become synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness.  First observed in the United States, October is now known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month around the world.  In 1993, the Breast cancer Research Foundation was formed, and the pink ribbon was chosen as the symbol for breast cancer awareness.

National Physical Therapy Month

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Annually, the month of October is utilized to recognize the great work that physical therapists are doing to help patients optimize movement and enrich their lives.  Known as National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), the American Physical Therapy Association℠ has announced that this year’s theme will again focus on the damaging Opioid epidemic in the United States.

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. 

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Balance and Recovery

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For September, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has set the theme for their ‘Year of the Healthy Nurse’ campaign to highlight the benefits of finding work-life balance.  Most busy professionals will admit that the idea of finding true, work-life balance is probably unrealistic, so the challenge is to find a balance, uneven or not, that works for your lifestyle.

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.

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. 

Blood Donations are Critical This Time of Year

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While most of us are enjoying our summer vacations at some point over the next few months, the folks at the Red Cross and other donation centers are working overtime trying to meet the summer demand for blood and platelets.  Earlier this month, the American Red Cross issued an urgent call for donations as the need for blood and platelet donations are exceeding the demand by close to 30,000 donations per month.

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.