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April 2013

Video Marketing is Crucial for Nursing Homes Christy Rakoczy

April 29th, 2013 | 3

VideoMarketingAccording to Ragan’s Healthcare Communication News, a 2012 study conducted by the Roberts Group indicated that newspaper ads, household mailings and radio commercials were the top three types of marketing material that influence the decision about whether to consider visiting a particular assisted living or skilled nursing facility. However, while these types of advertising are somewhat effective, the biggest things that influence the choice of care facility are the cleanliness of the facility and the attentiveness of the staff, none of which can be effectively conveyed in a stationary ad.

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Which Care Transition Model is Best? Christy Rakoczy

April 22nd, 2013 | 2

Which Care Transition Model is Best?Care transition models play a huge role in lowering readmissions. Patients, families, and medical providers depend on these models to answer the “What, When, and Who” during a deterioration in a condition after being discharged. Hospitals have developed these models to point out to patients and their caregivers what red flags to look out for in their medical condition, when to make that call, and who to contact to attain appropriate care. Due to a fragmented healthcare system, the models have provided solutions in unifying medical providers into one system so patients receive timely and non-repetitive aftercare. I have looked into five current care transition models and outlined their differences to help you determine which is best. 

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The Effect of CMS 30 Day Readmission Policies on California Patients and Hospitals Christy Rakoczy

April 14th, 2013 | 0

CaliforniaHealthcareIn 2010 the Affordable Health Care Act was enacted and the process of moving toward full implementation of the Act began. In 2012, the CMS 30 Day Readmission Policy began to be enforced, penalizing thousands of hospitals for readmission of certain patients within a 30 day period. According to CMS.gov, penalty applies to readmissions of patients who had previously been admitted with Acute Myocardial Infection, Heart Failure, or Pneumonia. This penalty, a reduction in reimbursement by Medicare, up to 1%, cost hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars but some assert that the goal of the policy, to improve follow up healthcare by hospitals to prevent necessary returns by patients, is being achieved as the percentage of readmissions nationwide dropped to 17.8% from the stagnant 19% it had been for several years. 

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Are Social Workers & Case Managers The Next Doctors Justin Usher

April 12th, 2013 | 3

GE Ventures PanelistsOn April 11, 2013 GE Ventures held the Insight Series: Digital Health. The discussion was led by NBC News’ Nancy Snyderman M.D., author Eric Topol M.D., Unity Stoakes of Startup Health and Rafael Torres of GE Ventures. The topics ranged from prescribing apps versus drugs, HIPAA’s impact on innovation in healthcare, patient privacy, and predictions for the future of healthcare.

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Featured Events Brought to You by the AARP and Others Ninette Tan

April 5th, 2013 | 0

CalendarAuthors of Waiting to Exhale, Sex and the City, and Joy Luck Club  at AARP Expo.  AARP is thrilled to have Terry McMillan, Candace Bushnell and Amy Tan on stage together at Life@50+ in Las Vegas.

Check out these other exciting aging-related events for health care providers and people age 50+:

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Tweet the Change You Want to See: Health Care Reform on Twitter Christy Rakoczy

April 2nd, 2013 | 2

HealthTweetI participated in a Symplur chat with the hashtag #SOSeniors held by Save Our Seniors (@SaveSeniors).  The discussion revolved heavily around allocation of government funding and support for long-term care programs as well as a call to action by patient advocates.

Symplur is a company dedicated to connecting individuals to the latest trends in healthcare and health technology. Their healthcare hashtag project has tackled the issue of complexity and variation in hashtags that may confuse people. Working on a unified hashtag topic grants access for providers and other interested parties to discuss in a shared space (conversing under the same hashtag). The diversity in participants is what draws a healthcare provider like myself to these chats. Patients and healthcare providers or organizations gather to discuss ways of reforming healthcare practice. A schedule of the current chats can be found here.

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Highlights of National Social Workers Month Christy Rakoczy

April 1st, 2013 | 0

SocialWorkerMonthLogoMarch was National Social Workers month, and this year’s theme was “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy.”  Across the United States, over 650,000 social workers reach out to people in need, and the profession continues to grow.  The official website for the month,  http://www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/swmonth/, includes 100 ways to promote social work.  Just because March is over doesn’t mean these ideas can’t be employed!

Some highlights of the month are below. 

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