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Readmission & The Common Reasons

Readmission & The Common Reasons

By Mary Bommel Shames on October 25th, 2013

With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care), it is crucial for hospitals to prevent readmissions to the best of their abilities. Under new law, hospitals with an unacceptably high level of readmissions within 30 days can result in financial penalties that many hospitals cannot afford to sustain.  So, what is causing hospital readmissions? Why are patients who seemed to be well upon discharge being readmitted?

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Social Media
Care Transition
Technology
Digital Health
How Caregivers Can Use Social Media

How Caregivers Can Use Social Media

By Christy Rakoczy on October 22nd, 2013

In an age in which the internet is such a core part of individuals' lives from news media consumption to information finding to interpersonal interaction, it is difficult to think of a way in which the internet cannot be used to aid in virtually any search for data or support. Caregivers, in particular, can highly benefit from the use of the internet, particularly in terms of social media, to find helpful tips and support to aid them during what can be a challenging time. By connecting with other caregivers or networks that can provide information, caregivers can enrich themselves and improve their ability to care for loved ones as well as find what they need to fulfill the support they need emotionally.

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Long-Term Care
Elder Abuse
Care Transition
Preventing, Recognizing & Taking Action Against Elder Abuse

Preventing, Recognizing & Taking Action Against Elder Abuse

By Christy Rakoczy on October 18th, 2013

Elder abuse has become a tremendous issue in the United States after many exposures of horrific treatment of those in need of great care at a late age. It is important to recognize the signs of elder abuse and how to either prevent or take action against it. It is only through education that individuals can understand how to combat those who are abusing the elderly.  It is first crucial to understand that there are various forms of elder abuse. Often, when thinking of elder abuse, individual's consider physical abuse. However, there are other means through which seniors can experience abuse including emotionally, sexually, financially or through neglect or health care fraud. It is important to look for all of these when first researching a caregiver or institution, and then on an ongoing basis as care is given.

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Long-Term Care
Healthy Living Tips
Sex And Intimacy for the Elderly – Is It Time We Stopped Tip Toeing Around This Subject?

Sex And Intimacy for the Elderly – Is It Time We Stopped Tip Toeing Around This Subject?

By Christy Rakoczy on October 14th, 2013

No matter the age, sex and intimacy are an integral part of one's happiness, and contribute to the overall quality of any adult's life. From 18 to 98 (and beyond!), sex and intimacy are part of what make us feel human and contribute to a fulfilled life. All too often, the issues involved with sex that affect seniors are overlooked. From health issues to emotional issues and beyond, sex amongst seniors can have its obstacles, whether real or imagined. However, it is time that those issues are addressed so that those who call themselves seniors can enjoy this part of their lives as they did in younger years.

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CFAH
Affordable Care Act
Healthcare Cost
Choosing an Exchange Policy: What's the Rush?

Choosing an Exchange Policy: What's the Rush?

By Trudy Lieberman on October 4th, 2013

Will all the White House messages, the stream of breathless Twitter updates on the number of hits and enrollments, and the press hype surrounding opening day send the uninsured public into panic mode? Will they prompt buyers to consider only the premium and click to enroll ASAP? And why not? For weeks the administration, state exchange officials and supporters of the Affordable Care Act have been telling the public how cheap premiums will be — much cheaper than expected.

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Case Management
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Nurses
Technology
Nursing Informatics - A Look at Technology & Nursing

Nursing Informatics - A Look at Technology & Nursing

By Christy Rakoczy on October 2nd, 2013

Experienced informatic nurses say the best way is to approach the nursing IT department and volunteer to train. This specialty of informatics nursing brings together information science, computer science and nursing. Informatic nurses know that constantly improving information management in nursing improves efficiency, increases the quality of patient care, and results in overall cost reduction.

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Social Worker
Infographic
Care Transition
Looking for Leaders: The Crisis in Social Work (INFOGRAPHIC)

Looking for Leaders: The Crisis in Social Work (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Claire Quiney on September 27th, 2013

Maybe you’ve heard the old joke, “Social Work is the World’s Second Oldest Profession.” Well, it’s true. B.C. 1750 In Babylonia, King Hammurabi issues his code of justice, which includes a requirement that the people help one another during times of hardship. B.C. 500 Philanthropy, from the Greek word for “acts of love for humanity,” is institutionalized in the Greek city–states. Citizens are encouraged to donate money, which is used for people in need.

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Social Worker
Case Management
Long-Term Care
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Technology
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Past, Present, and Future of Social Work and Technology

Past, Present, and Future of Social Work and Technology

By Christy Rakoczy on September 26th, 2013

The face of Social Work continues to change as technology expands and grows. As it is accepted more and more in the profession of Social Work, it can help to improve a variety of different aspects of social work. In the realm of advocacy, letter writing and phone calls are still utilized, but more contemporary means  include using websites and blogs, e-mails to law makers, and the employment of social media. As we move into the future, social media campaigns will continue to be a crucial means of advocacy and the use of videos can help to provide images that encourage people to take action.

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Long-Term Care
Care Transition
How To Prepare For Transitioning To Assisted Living

How To Prepare For Transitioning To Assisted Living

By Marcela De Vivo on September 23rd, 2013

Transitioning an elderly parent to an [**assisted living facility**](http://www.alfa.org/News/3158/Tips-for-Approaching-the-Topic-of-Assisted-Living-With-an-Older-Adult) is often the right move for older adults that **need regular medical attention** and can no longer care for themselves in the fashion that they used to. However, for many children with elderly parents, **the transition can be particularly confusing **for a variety of reasons. While it may take some time for your parent** to adjust to** **assisted living**, you need to do everything you can to prepare before moving day. Being prepared will make the transition easier for your parent and you, and it can ease some of the uncertainty that’s very typical when moving an elderly adult into an assisted living facility.

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medicare
Long-Term Care
CFAH
Healthcare Cost
The Consumer's Ongoing Dilemma: Making Sense of Hospital Prices

The Consumer's Ongoing Dilemma: Making Sense of Hospital Prices

By Trudy Lieberman on September 19th, 2013

Recently the _Washington Post's_ health policy columnist Sarah Kliff waded into [the muddy waters of hospital disclosures](http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/27/want-to-know-if-your-hospital-is-a-rip-off-move-to-north-carolina/). Kliff had heard that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had signed legislation requiring the state's hospitals to publish the rates for the services they've negotiated with insurance companies. That indeed would be a big step and builds on [Medicare's release earlier this year of what hospitals charge the government](http://www.cjr.org/the_second_opinion/the_insanity_of_hospital_prici.php) to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Surprise, surprise! The data show huge differences among hospitals even in the same city, a phenomenon well documented in the academic literature.

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