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Discharge Planning from a Patient's Perspective (Guest Post)

Discharge Planning from a Patient's Perspective (Guest Post)

By Devon Texas on June 25th, 2013

We welcome back **DevonTexas** as our guest blogger. This week he writes a post about a discharge planning experience from a patient's point of view. I never really thought about "Discharge Planning" until I came across this website on the internet and began reading about it.  As a patient, I've been passively involved in the process and now, as I look back, I can see where I've been the grateful recipient of good "discharge planning".

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Social Worker
Social Media
From Novice to Leader in Social Work

From Novice to Leader in Social Work

By Christy Rakoczy on June 24th, 2013

In all professions, it is necessary to take steps in order to become a leader in the field. In social work, there are many paths one can take in order to become a leader in the field. The most crucial part of doing so involves being motivated and dedicated to the profession and one's pursuit of excellence and leadership.

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Case Management
Follow Friday
Alzheimer's
#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter

#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter

By Ninette Tan on June 21st, 2013

This week we continue our segment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement FollowFriday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These twitter accounts are all **standout nonprofits** 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.

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Care Transition
Healthcare Trailblazer
Shelly Mesure, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer

Shelly Mesure, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer

By Ninette Tan on June 20th, 2013

This week's healthcare trailblazer is none other than the author of McKnight's _[Rehab Realities](http://www.mcknights.com/rehab-realities/section/2323/)_ , Shelly Mesure. As an advocate for improved healthcare policies and procedures,  Shelly utilizes her background in occupational therapy and education to provide advice for best practice on documentation and other rehabilitation topics. Shelly's background is also diversified by the relationship her company [_Orchestrall Rehab Solutions_](http://www.orchestrallinc.com/#!__rehab-services) has established with China.  She proves herself to be an industry leader and innovator. Read on to find out how she transformed her company [_A Mesured Solution, Inc_](http://www.amesuredsolution.com/) into an international corporate partner.

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Affordable Care Act
Health Care Reform has More Negatives than Positives

Health Care Reform has More Negatives than Positives

By Christy Rakoczy on June 18th, 2013

Many have their opinions regarding health care reform in the United States, officially called the Affordable Care Act, and unofficially called Obamacare. There are some enthusiastic supporters of the bill, but many are not pleased with the passage of the legislation and its intended (or unintended) consequences.  A look at the positives and negatives can uncover why so many seem disenchanted with this reform. First, the top two reasons why the Affordable Healthcare Act is made out to be good, and why they are fallacies:

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Follow Friday
#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter

#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter

By Ninette Tan on June 14th, 2013

This week we continue our segment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement Follow Friday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. We have a special edition of a group of **female leaders in healthcare** who have done a fantastic job of tracking and announcing breaking news in areas of healthcare innovation, caring for the aging population, peer support and much more. We are happy to recognize them and other like-minded twitter accounts.

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CFAH
Are Health Insurance Rates Going Up or Down — A Cautionary Tale?

Are Health Insurance Rates Going Up or Down — A Cautionary Tale?

By Trudy Lieberman on June 13th, 2013

The [saga of insurance rates continues](http://www.cfah.org/blog/2013/is-health-insurance-sticker-shock-for-real#.UbdsgOtXubk): will consumers buying coverage in the new state shopping exchanges find lower or higher rates?  On one side are those who say the newly insured will see lower premiums for coverage. Count the president in that camp. Others, including insurance industry types, say for many groups of people rates may be higher. What’s been left out of the debate, however, is the question: higher or lower compared to what? And here’s where the whole rate discussion gets murky and confusing.

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Readmissions
Discharge Planning
Care Transition
Nurses
Patients, the Forgotten Health Care Team Members

Patients, the Forgotten Health Care Team Members

By Christy Rakoczy on June 10th, 2013

While providing top notch care 100% of the time while a patient is hospitalized is a large part of ensuring patients recover to a state of healthiness, it is also important to examine the post-hospital experience for patients and how to improve processes so that patients are able to recover swiftly without development of further issues or secondary complications. One way to ensure that a patient is successful in implementing a care plan upon discharge is by understanding and involving the patient. While this seems elementary, it is actually an issue that needs great focus and improvement.

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Follow Friday
#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter

#OPFollowFriday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter

By Ninette Tan on June 7th, 2013

This is our first installment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement Follow Friday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These select individuals, companies and organizations have done a fantastic job of tracking and announcing breaking news in areas of digital health, hospital and after care, care transition and peer support. We are happy to recognize them and other like-minded twitter accounts.

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Social Worker
Social Media
Technology
Social Work and Technology – 10 Fearless Forecasts

Social Work and Technology – 10 Fearless Forecasts

By Christy Rakoczy on June 6th, 2013

Like many fields, Social Work can be highly dynamic. Changes in practices and research occur often. As technology continues to improve, this plays a large part in changing social work as well. Based on current movements, here are some forecasts for the future of Social Work: 1) Increased Use of Technology in Social Work Professional Development Professional development is a key factor in ensuring social workers remain relevant to the field. In order to ensure social workers are up to date on the most recent research and best practices, it is crucial that these professionals enroll in classes. However, given the time demands of the job itself, plus the schedules of those who may have families or are caregivers, it can be difficult to find the time to attend classes in person. For this reason, leaders within the profession will need to find ways to improve the availability of professional development resources using technology.

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