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Medicare Funding at Risk of Being Drastically Reduced: What Does This Mean for the Rest of Us?

Medicare Funding at Risk of Being Drastically Reduced: What Does This Mean for the Rest of Us?

By Blake Pappas on July 17th, 2013

Medicare and Medicaid are two of the largest expenses the federal government undertakes. Due to this, these are often areas that receive some sort of cut when a financial crisis occurs. Currently, there are benefits that are being cut by the Obama administration in order to help reduce the national deficit. These cuts are going to affect individuals who are currently using Medicare, so if you or someone you know and love receives benefits from Medicare, there are a few different altering adjustments you need to be made aware of. This way you can try your best to plan accordingly.

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Affordable Care Act for Dummies (Part 2 of 2)

Affordable Care Act for Dummies (Part 2 of 2)

By Christy Rakoczy on July 16th, 2013

Some provisions of the Affordable Care Act have already begun to be implemented. Full implementation of the legislation will occur by 2014. At that time, 30 million Americans who were previously uninsured will have access to health care. The question is: How, specifically, are patients affected by the Affordable Care Act?

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Follow Friday
#OPFollowFriday These Health Care Giants

#OPFollowFriday These Health Care Giants

By Ninette Tan on July 12th, 2013

This week we continue our segment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement FollowFriday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These twitter organizations **promote wellness and healthy living at home** and have done a fantastic job of tracking and announcing breaking news in areas of healthcare innovation, caring for the aging population, and peer support. We are happy to recognize them and other like-minded twitter accounts. If we missed out on any influential leaders or you think you might be a healthcare sleeping giant, let us know in the comments or tweet us [@OpenPlacement](http://www.twitter.com/openplacement). Accounts will be reviewed and vetted for appropriate content and stay tuned for future #OPFollowFriday’s.

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Case Management
Care Transition
5 of the Biggest Discharge Dilemmas: Barriers to Effective Case Planning

5 of the Biggest Discharge Dilemmas: Barriers to Effective Case Planning

By Christy Rakoczy on July 11th, 2013

Deciding on the proper time to discharge a patient can be a difficult decision and is impacted by a variety of factors. Poor decisions about discharging a patient can result in risk to the patient's health and later readmission for a recurrence or development of a secondary condition. Defining the obstacles to effective discharge practices can help providers to improve processes resulting in better patient care and fewer incidences of patient readmissions.

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Technology
Guest Blog
5 Apps to Facilitate Health Care Transitions (Guest Post)

5 Apps to Facilitate Health Care Transitions (Guest Post)

By Marcela De Vivo on July 5th, 2013

When I was 36 weeks pregnant, a routine ultrasound landed us at the office of a perinatologist, who proceeded to tell us that our unborn baby had a severe brain malformation that was incompatible with life.  He explained that there was a 1 in 20 million chance that our child would survive past 1 year old. My son, Nathan, will soon turn 7 years old.  He is our miracle child.  He defied all expectations, and is a happy little boy who loves the world.  Unfortunately, the brain malformation has caused a myriad of medical problems, from respiratory to immune to orthopedic issues.

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Technology
Silicon Valley Boomer Summit Recap

Silicon Valley Boomer Summit Recap

By Fiahna Cabana on July 2nd, 2013

The [2013 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit](http://scuboomerventure.com/) held at Santa Clara University on Wednesday brought together big names in healthcare and venture capital for an event that captured innovative products and services along with cutting-edge technology for the aging community. In addition, the program was designed to guide entrepreneurs to think through a business. The boomer summit, now in its 10th year, has allowed for a hub of investors, entrepreneurs and companies creating technology to ease the burden and worry that comes along with aging. With new technologies now available to elderly customers, seniors can age more comfortably, live longer and age much more independently with a richer quality of life.

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CFAH
It’s Medicare Versus Medical Supplier in Controlling Costs

It’s Medicare Versus Medical Supplier in Controlling Costs

By Trudy Lieberman on July 1st, 2013

On July 1, Medicare begins a second round of competitive bidding for medical equipment and supplies, such as diabetes testing strips that beneficiaries use to check their blood sugar levels. There’s nothing remarkable about any of this except that the [industry is fighting to make sure that competitive bidding does not happen](http://www.cjr.org/the_second_opinion/medicare_uncovered_cost_cuttin.php?page=2). This fight is emblematic of the difficulty Medicare has containing costs when the profits of sellers of medical goods and services are at stake. As we know, one person’s savings is often the loss of another’s income. We also know that industry folks squawk mighty loudly to Congress when their income is threatened.

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Technology
Infusing Technology into Discharge Planning

Infusing Technology into Discharge Planning

By Gabby Mujal on July 1st, 2013

Last Thursday’s #dpcomm integrated insightful questions and comments by @OpenPlacement and social worker [@EBelluomini](http://www.twitter.com/EBelluomini). The chat examined the intersection between technology and discharge planning and ways for the two may be inextricably and successfully linked. @EBelluomini offered websites, apps, and tools available for both discharge case managers and patients. Patients with dialysis, for example, may explore [this](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dialysis-apps/id356473957?mt=8) link. This app combines engaging activities for patients to use while receiving dialysis treatments. iTunes also offers an app known as [COPD Tracker](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/copd-tracker-from-everyday/id450578479?mt=8) to help patients manage their health condition. Another tool mentioned by Ellen was Central Logic Connect, a patient discharge software that allows a case manager to follow up with patients at home and offers discharge recommendations. You may find more information [here](http://www.centrallogic.com/products/connect).

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Follow Friday
#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter

#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter

By Gabby Mujal on June 28th, 2013

This week we continue our segment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement FollowFriday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These twitter accounts are all **patients with a voice **for great causes and have done a fantastic job of tracking and announcing breaking news in areas of healthcare innovation, caring for the aging population, and peer support. We are happy to recognize them and other like-minded twitter accounts. If we missed out on any influential leaders or you think you might be a healthcare sleeping giant, let us know in the comments or tweet us[ @OpenPlacement](http://www.twitter.com/openplacement). Accounts will be reviewed and vetted for appropriate content and stay tuned for future #OPFollowFriday’s.

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Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act for Dummies (Part 1 of 2)

Affordable Care Act for Dummies (Part 1 of 2)

By Christy Rakoczy on June 26th, 2013

As the Affordable Care Act begins to be implemented, it is imperative that providers become educated on how they will be affected by the new legislation. Many providers will be pleased with many positive changes that can help improve the care provided to patients as well as the business end of the organization.

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