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Dialysis and Insomnia (Guest Post)

Dialysis and Insomnia (Guest Post)

By Devon Texas on June 5th, 2013

We are happy to have DevonTexas join the OpenPlacement Community and be our guest blogger this week. DevonTexas is a dialysis patient. He has been on dialysis since 2008. DevonTexas advocates for his fellow dialysis patients through the ESRD (End stage Renal Disease) Network of Texas and DPC (Dialysis Patient Citizens). Read more about DevonTexas [here](http://devontexas.wordpress.com/about/).

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UPDATE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Revisions

UPDATE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Revisions

By Christy Rakoczy on June 3rd, 2013

On May 17, 2013 the **Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)**, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued [a Memorandum](http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Downloads/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-13-32.pdf) in regards to the revision of the State Operations Manual. The revision applies to the State Operations Hospital _Appendix A, Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals, Condition of Participation: Discharge Planning_, in order to "update the guidance for the discharge planning Condition of Participation." The revisions to Appendix A include interpretive guidelines that are italicized and written in red to denote the portion of the appendix that has been updated.

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Support Groups Are Your Best Defense Against Burnout

Support Groups Are Your Best Defense Against Burnout

By Christy Rakoczy on May 30th, 2013

Primary caregivers can experience high amounts of stress as well as emotional and physical burnout.  When this occurs, the caregiver's health is at risk and her ability to provide care diminished. There are many means of finding support to help to deal with the stress and other tolls that caregiving can cause. Some places to seek support include: **Healthcare Provider** Speaking to a healthcare provider can yield a lot of benefits for a caregiver experiencing burnout. Healthcare providers can suggest means to deal with stress and emotional issues. Additionally, a provider can refer a caregiver to support organizations, specialists, or provide medicine if need be.

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Ellen Belluomini, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer

Ellen Belluomini, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer

By Ninette Tan on May 29th, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have gotten to know a great contributor to the world of social work and health technology by the name of Ellen Belluomini. She along with many others has inspired me to create a new monthly OpenPlacement blog special edition called “Featured Healthcare Trailblazers.” Ellen has created an insightful blog for social workers and health professionals who are beginning to advocate for technological advances called [Bridging the Digital Divide in Social Work Practice](http://socialworksdigitaldivide.blogspot.com/p/why-this-topic.html). As health professionals we are all working towards the same goal to innovate and improve the quality of care. Read on to find out where Ellen’s passion stems from.

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What Can We Learn From Overseas Health Care?

What Can We Learn From Overseas Health Care?

By Christy Rakoczy on May 27th, 2013

When assessing healthcare in the United States it is useful to compare and contrast the various aspects of healthcare on a global level. In doing so, researchers and policy makers can work together to learn how to improve the care provided in the U.S. The Commonwealth Fund, a health policy foundation based in Washington D.C. surveyed eleven countries to better understand global healthcare challenges. The survey revealed the ways in which the United States excels in healthcare and those areas which need improvement. Over 2,500 people just in the United States were part of the study.

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Listen Up, What Doctors Aren’t Communicating Effectively to Seniors

Listen Up, What Doctors Aren’t Communicating Effectively to Seniors

By Christy Rakoczy on May 23rd, 2013

In a time when hospital readmissions rates are being closely analyzed and hospitals are attempting reforms to improve those rates, it is crucial to take a look at patient populations most frequently readmitted to hospitals and the reasons for readmission. Among those populations of people most frequently readmitted to hospitals, seniors are in great number. Poor discharge policies can be to blame.

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The Art of the Follow Up Call

The Art of the Follow Up Call

By Christy Rakoczy on May 20th, 2013

Following up with patients after giving care is a crucial means of developing a strong patient relationship. It is also the key to improving overall patient care and reducing patient readmissions in the hospital setting. Follow up calls can address a variety of issues. One common type of follow up call is to report lab results. Another type of common follow up call is to schedule appointments. However, calls can also be made to ensure patients have made appointments with referrals or are taking medication appropriately. Other calls may have the purpose of education or reinforcing knowledge. There are myriad factors that could warrant a follow up call to a patient.

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Top 5 Nursing Innovations of 2013

Top 5 Nursing Innovations of 2013

By Ninette Tan on May 17th, 2013

The theme of 2013 National Nurses Week was “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care”. Quality of care has been at the forefront of innovation as nurses continue to explore new communication channels to educate, train, and improve the overall delivery of care. Although this list contains projects in early development stages, the nurses heading them continue to inspire new nurses by pushing the envelope in healthcare innovation.

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Mention at Your Next Interview: Ten Trends That Transformed Social Work

Mention at Your Next Interview: Ten Trends That Transformed Social Work

By Christy Rakoczy on May 16th, 2013

As in many professions, particularly those related to public service, research constantly changes the face of the profession and its approaches. In social work, this is certainly true. In more recent years, many trends have transformed the way that social workers manage their cases and approach the individuals with whom they work. **Trauma and its effects on individuals** In recent years, treatment of those who are victims of trauma has come to the forefront. Not only has there been a focus on those directly affected by specific trauma, such as terrorist incidents, but also on those indirectly affected as a result of today's high level of media accessibility. In addition, the growing number of veterans returning to the United States with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder has also placed an emphasis on learning how to help individuals cope with such conditions.

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Top Eight Characteristics of A Successful Social Worker

Top Eight Characteristics of A Successful Social Worker

By Christy Rakoczy on May 13th, 2013

Social work is a fulfilling, yet demanding, profession. In order to be successful as a social worker, there are traits that are necessary to possess and build. **Characteristic 1: Highly knowledgeable and well-trained** In order to be a successful social worker, one must possess the knowledge and the skills to effectively do the job. In order to acquire content knowledge, a degree from an institution of higher education is necessary. Most social work positions require at least a Bachelor's degree, but a Masters degree, Ph.D, or other certification work is highly helpful to prepare for this career.

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