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What Can You Do About Stroke? – A leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. (Guest Post) RTH Stroke Foundation

July 19th, 2013 | 0

LogoHere’s a name you don’t hear every day: Johann Jakob Wepfer.  He was a Swiss pharmacologist and pathologist who lived from 1620 to 1695 — a remarkable life span for a person of that era.

He contributed many important things to the field of medicine.  He was the first to warn us that arsenic and mercury and some other things that I can’t pronounce really aren’t good for us. But his most important contribution was his study of the vascular anatomy of the brain which led to our understanding of what causes stroke.

Some time around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the father of western medicine and the man who gives his name to the Hippocratic Oath, first recognized stroke, which at that time was called apoplexy. Because doctors didn’t connect the condition to the brain, the cause of apoplexy remained a medical mystery for centuries.

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OPFollow Friday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter Gabby Mujal

July 19th, 2013 | 0

opFFThis week we continue our segment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement FollowFriday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These twitter accounts are geriatric professionals who 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. If we missed out on any influential leaders or you think you might be a healthcare sleeping giant, let us know in the comments or tweet us @OpenPlacement. Accounts will be reviewed and vetted for appropriate content and stay tuned for future #OPFollowFriday’s.

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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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Medicare Funding at Risk of Being Drastically Reduced: What Does This Mean for the Rest of Us? Blake Pappas

July 17th, 2013 | 0

HEARTMedicare and Medicaid are two of the largest expenses the federal government undertakes. Due to this, these are often areas that receive some sort of cut when a financial crisis occurs. Currently, there are benefits that are being cut by the Obama administration in order to help reduce the national deficit. These cuts are going to affect individuals who are currently using Medicare, so if you or someone you know and love receives benefits from Medicare, there are a few different altering adjustments you need to be made aware of. This way you can try your best to plan accordingly.

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Affordable Care Act for Dummies (Part 2 of 2) Christy Rakoczy

July 16th, 2013 | 3

Some probamacare-for-dummiesovisions of the Affordable Care Act have already begun to be implemented. Full implementation of the legislation will occur by 2014. At that time, 30 million Americans who were previously uninsured will have access to health care. The question is: How, specifically, are patients affected by the Affordable Care Act?

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#OPFollowFriday These Health Care Giants Ninette Tan

July 12th, 2013 | 0

opFFThis week we continue our segment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement FollowFriday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These twitter organizations promote wellness and healthy living at home 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. If we missed out on any influential leaders or you think you might be a healthcare sleeping giant, let us know in the comments or tweet us @OpenPlacement. Accounts will be reviewed and vetted for appropriate content and stay tuned for future #OPFollowFriday’s.

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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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Silicon Valley Boomer Summit Recap Fiahna Cabana

July 2nd, 2013 | 0

Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 2.36.28 PMThe 2013 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit held at Santa Clara University on Wednesday brought together big names in healthcare and venture capital for an event that captured innovative products and services along with cutting-edge technology for the aging community. In addition, the program was designed to guide entrepreneurs to think through a business.

The boomer summit, now in its 10th year, has allowed for a hub of investors, entrepreneurs and companies creating technology to ease the burden and worry that comes along with aging. With new technologies now available to elderly customers, seniors can age more comfortably, live longer and age much more independently with a richer quality of life.

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It’s Medicare Versus Medical Supplier in Controlling Costs Trudy Lieberman

July 1st, 2013 | 0

On July 1, MeCFAHdicare begins a second round of competitive bidding for medical equipment and supplies, such as diabetes testing strips that beneficiaries use to check their blood sugar levels. There’s nothing remarkable about any of this except that the industry is fighting to make sure that competitive bidding does not happen.

This fight is emblematic of the difficulty Medicare has containing costs when the profits of sellers of medical goods and services are at stake. As we know, one person’s savings is often the loss of another’s income. We also know that industry folks squawk mighty loudly to Congress when their income is threatened.

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