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August 2013

The Fundamental Differences between Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Care Facilities Dan Trigub

August 29th, 2013 | 1

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As many of us who are deeply involved with care transitions know, everyone has there own opinions about what type of care is best. Usually those giving the strongest opinions coincidentally own or be work for the very type of business they are touting. In the end it’s really up to the family members and person needing care to fully understand the different options and decide for themselves which is best. In the case of housing and more specifically the decision between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes, the question really comes down to the level of care required.

At the most simplistic level, many residents and family members sometimes fail to understand the fundamental differences between assisted living homes and nursing care facilities.  

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A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It Christy Rakoczy

August 26th, 2013 | 7

Frontline-LifeDeath2Recently, PBS’s Frontline produced an in depth three part series on what life is like inside of assisted living facilities. PBS focused on assisted living facilities run by Emeritus, the parent company of the largest chain of assisted-living facilities in the nation.  Emeritus was chosen as the focus because, as a large national chain, it has the resources and infrastructure to provide adequate care to patients. Unfortunately, it alleged that Emeritus was falling short and letting patients down in many ways.

The disturbing three-part Frontline series highlighted tragic stories of patients in assisted living facilities who died in care facilities that did not have the tools or policies in place to care for them.  Unfortunately, variations of these stories may happen without the headlines at many assisted living facilities throughout the United States, as the business model of assisted living may be set up to encourage a focus on profits rather than people.

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Why Healthcare is in the RED (Re-Engineered Discharge Toolkit) Christy Rakoczy

August 22nd, 2013 | 6

ToolboxDue to scrutiny of hospitals’ readmissions rates, and new penalties being issued in order to encourage hospitals to improve their readmissions rates, many hospitals and other organizations are attempting to create new ways to improve readmission. This has begun by analyzing discharge policies and seeking creative means of improving them.

Developed by researchers at Boston University Medical Center, RED, the Re-Engineered Discharge Toolkit  is aimed to help hospitals implement a plan to reduce readmissions. There are 12 components to the toolkit.

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Climbing the Social Work Career Ladder Christy Rakoczy

August 19th, 2013 | 1

Career_LadderSocial work is a profession that requires a high level of dedication and time commitment in order to be successful and to climb the career ladder. There are many means of achieving promotions and building a strong, stable career. Through motivation and hard work, a social worker can improve her own position while also building the skills necessary to best serve individuals, families and communities.

Some ways to climb the career ladder include:

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#OPFollowFriday These #HiSum Innovators on Twitter Gabby Mujal

August 16th, 2013 | 0

opFFLast week, Rock Health (@Rock_Health) organized its third annual Health Innovation Summit (#HiSum) in San Francisco. With more than 400 individuals in attendance — physicians, investors and entrepreneurs — the summit represented a range of sectors from the healthcare industry. The summit included visits to the offices of leading digital health companies, interactive discussions and care provider feedback, as well as demos of new products of services. OpenPlacement (@OpenPlacement) had the privilege to be in attendance and partake in the activities.

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David Lindeman, PhD, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Daniel Danzig

August 15th, 2013 | 2

DavidLindermanThis month’s Health Care Trailblazer, David Lindeman, PhD, is an influential leader in the field of aging and technology. In recent years, he has focused on help to speed the adoption of mobile technologies.  New devices and apps are transforming health care — not only by supporting transitional care and reducing readmissions —  but enabling patients to remain in their own homes even while dealing with difficult to manage chronic conditions. Recently, we caught up with Dr. Lindeman, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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4 Reasons Why Healthcare Can’t Afford to be Antisocial Christy Rakoczy

August 5th, 2013 | 2

SocialMediaFrom Facebook to Twitter and Pinterest to LinkedIn, everyone is quite literally all atwitter about social media. Why? It is not just to learn about how to create a great tablescape for your next dinner party, or to see the pictures from last week’s birthday party. It is, in fact, because these sites are the newest and greatest marketing tools and they are right at everyone’s fingertips.

Those in healthcare and medicine have largely avoided social media. This is the greatest mistake any organization in any industry can make. Healthcare organizations should, and must, start using social media in order to become a part of the current conversations and to start new ones. Without a social media presence an organization may as well not exist. Those shunning social media as a marketing tool are missing out on the very best way to make their organizations well known and to create a positive online presence and public perception.

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Pharmacists, the New Discharge Planners? Christy Rakoczy

August 1st, 2013 | 3

PharmacistThe role of the pharmacist in the discharge process has previously been minimal. However, new studies of hospital readmission rates aimed to improve healthcare has resulted in increasing the roles of various workers in the healthcare profession in order to improve readmission rates.

Pharmacists are now playing an integral part in the discharge process largely due to the change in medications that often results from hospitalization and the recovery process. By being a part of this process, pharmacists are becoming great contributors to the reduction of hospital readmission rates.

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