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Elizabeth Edgerly, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Ninette Tan

July 18th, 2013 | 0

ElizabethThis month’s Health Care Trailblazer, Dr. Elizabeth Edgerly, is an influential leader in the Alzheimer’s community and a Geriatric Specialist. Her exciting new projects are focused on supporting caregivers and families who care for those with dementia. I was fortunate enough to track her down for a phone interview before she left for Boston to give a presentation at the AAIC Conference. Dr. Edgerly’s journey from psychology student to being named 2013′s Woman Health Care Executive Woman of the Year is an inspirational story for psychologists and health professionals pursuing a field in geriatric care.

 

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

July 11th, 2013 | 3

BarriersDischarge2Deciding 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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5 Apps to Facilitate Health Care Transitions (Guest Post) Marcela De Vivo

July 5th, 2013 | 1

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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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Infusing Technology into Discharge Planning Gabby Mujal

July 1st, 2013 | 0

twchatLast Thursday’s #dpcomm integrated insightful questions and comments by @OpenPlacement and social worker @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 link. This app combines engaging activities for patients to use while receiving dialysis treatments. iTunes also offers an app known as COPD Tracker 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.

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Shelly Mesure, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Ninette Tan

June 20th, 2013 | 1

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This week’s healthcare trailblazer is none other than the author of McKnight’s Rehab Realities , 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 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 into an international corporate partner.

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Patients, the Forgotten Health Care Team Members Christy Rakoczy

June 10th, 2013 | 5

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

June 3rd, 2013 | 0

CMSOn May 17, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a Memorandum 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 Christy Rakoczy

May 30th, 2013 | 0

SupportGroupPrimary 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:

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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 Ninette Tan

May 29th, 2013 | 1

ellen outside 008Over 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. 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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Listen Up, What Doctors Aren’t Communicating Effectively to Seniors Christy Rakoczy

May 23rd, 2013 | 5

DrCommunicationIn 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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